Step aside from the past couple months' worth of brouhaha over Voice controversy and you might notice that Tom Breihan's blog for them contains some of the most consistently sharp music writing around. Instead of courting controversy or passing off in-jokes as insights, Breihan just puts his head down and consistently nails his targets, from describing Gogol Bordello as "basically the Decemberists if they'd had their formative experiences having sex and going to hardcore shows instead of cuddling and analyzing the lyrics to Out of Time" to pinpointing the Annie/indie perplex. Because Breihan's affable-not-prickly, he doesn't piss nearly as many people off as he might, and as a result no one says shit about it. Consider this my small attempt to amend that.
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