Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Caitlin Rose - Piledriver Waltz (Video)

Yesterday on Breaking More Waves we wrote about fan-blogging (here). Essentially this is blogging purely born out of a love of music and particular artists that the writer has become a fan of rather than any sort of egocentricity. Being a fan blog makes things very easy, you just write about the music you like. Things that some self-serving blogs get wrapped up in, such as how many hits you get, having ‘exclusive tracks’ on your blog or being seen as relevant become redundant issues.

But being a fan has its dangers. Sometimes love is blind and you can lose objectivity, both as a writer and a listener. Of course the question as to what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’ is purely subjective but usually there will be a weight of critical mass that will determine this, even sometimes if wider public opinion will be very different from what the critics say. These days everyone’s a critic, we all have our channels. You Tube comments are just one such channel.

Taking a look at Caitlin Rose’s cover version of Piledriver Waltz, released for Record Store Day as an exclusive 7", backed with another Arctic Monkeys cover, Love is a Laserquest and then read some of the comments following. It seems that Alex Turner / Arctic Monkeys fans have been out in force and a lot of them do not like this at all. “How in any way can a yank country singer compare to Alex Turner, this is shite.” ”Killed an amazing song. Die.” “What the fuck is this? Turner, what is she doing with your beautiful song?” are just three of the more insulting views expressed. Is their love blind or are we just wrong? Because we find Caitlin’s airy vocal and cowboy style slide guitar backing utterly divine. But then we’re a fan.

Caitlin Rose - Piledriver Waltz

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