Five Music Writing Clichés That Need to Die

"Amazingly/ridiculously/fantastically"
We're all guilty of this. "Man, that bass drum is ridiculously loud!" The definition of "ridiculous" is "deserving or inviting of mockery." "Man, that bass drum is totally deserving of my mockery for being so loud!"

We as a people will want to tell other people why something is good. We rely on emphasis, which is not a crime by itself, but our laziness always gets the best of us. 99 percent of the time when someone says a guitar sounds "amazingly fast," what we're really trying to say is "that guitar sounds a little faster than I'm generally used to." The words amazing, ridiculous and fantastic exist in almost every music review on the planet, which implies every record in the world does something so profound it blows your mind. We all know this isn't true, but we've settled on those words as our personal shortcut, which means nobody will know how to express genuine astonishment ever again.

"Sonic/Sonically"
This is a word that music writers only start using because they see other music writers using it. Think about your fifteen-year old self when you say "sonically, the beats are a little lacking." You would fucking weep for the person they were growing up to be. The moment you start to use the word "sonic" earnestly is the moment you start hating music.

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3 comments
Eric Lozano
Eric Lozano

I enjoyed the artice, but I always hate an "I'm right, you're wrong" attitude. It's all art in the end. Nobody tells me I'm wrong. Unless it's math. Then I'm wrong.

Kevin Sears
Kevin Sears

Like you guys have room to talk. Enough with the lists of negativity. Write something worth reading for once. The RFT has really shit the bed in recent years.

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

How about another predictable - Pretentious, elitist list of "things that suck sooo baaaaaaaad" based of course around things that people for the most part really like so the writers can brag about how counter-culture they are. #RFTMusic

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