NME Singles Review 9/2/2011
A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the NME to write a selection of singles reviews for them. I enjoy writing, and am a fan of the NME so was very flattered and keen to contribute to the magazine.
One of the singles that was included was ‘Becoming A Jackal’ by Villagers.
My very brief review of it read as follows:
HIS NAME IS CONOR AND HE SOUNDS LIKE BRIGHT EYES!!! Yes, but Cristiano turned out every bit as good as Fat Ronaldo, right? Decent song, thumbs up.
Throughout the published version of my reviews, adjustments were made to my copy. I appreciate slight stylistic changes and the necessity to adhere to a word count that perhaps I wasn’t spot on with, so, however frustrating it may be that they added phrases like “coloured glittered vinyl”, “magical simile-making hat” and made me pun on some of the song titles, I can understand why that was done.
However, in the above they have put words into my mouth, quoting me as insulting a musician that I had no desire to insult and also suggested I drew attention to it being a re-release. I used to slag other bands off a lot, and I quickly realised how foolish that was and have become embarrassed by it.
To me, the NME’s behaviour here seems very unfair and unprofessional. I realise such a small amount of writing is of little consequence, but I don’t think the NME kept their side of the bargain.
I just wanted to clear that up, thank you.