Irving
Irving Tan
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Last Active 08-21-14 2:33 pm
Joined 09-11-10

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 Lists
09.11.13 Three Years On The Sput 07.10.13 Mid Year Performance Review
06.05.13 Started A Vinyl Collection...01.02.12 Irving's Top 25 Albums Of 2011
07.07.11 Awesome Albums With Only Six Tracks06.13.11 My 2011 Thus Far; Ranked.
04.09.11 Ridiculously Fun Albums12.26.10 Reviews That Have Inspired Me
12.06.10 What's Next For Irving?12.05.10 Sputnik Malaysians
11.04.10 How Many Albums Do You Listen To Per Ye10.23.10 How Long Does It Take You To Write A Re

Reviews That Have Inspired Me

The title is pretty self-explanatory. I thought I'd do this just for kicks; I haven't been on Sputnik for very long (four months this January 11th) but in that time I've seen some truly sterling pieces - the kind that make you want to start writing yourself. In the case of these reviews that I am about to list, they were so well-written that I personally desired to emulate them. When I first read the, they made me go, "Damn, I wish I could write like that". In fact, these are reviews that I still go back to whenever I feel a need to visit some quality critical writing. List excludes staff pieces and a few other epic reviews which I simply couldn't find or have forgotten.
1Susan Boyle
The Gift


Consider Phlebas' piece sparks of venom; it is so infuriated and frustrated at Boyle's album that simply reading it gives you blisters. The humour is effective, the juxtaposition hilarious and the continuity superb. Yet, the best thing about it all is how the review manages to stay critical, just, and objective.
2Yellowcard
Ocean Avenue


SowingSeason might disagree with me when I say that this work is one of his best. Although this probably wouldn't make it onto a list of classic reviews, I found the personality bleeding through the piece to be relentlessly captivating when I first read it - you can't help but want to know how the whole thing ends. It blurs the distinction between a review that's conversational and one that's just trying to be objective, creating a piece that's as effective as it is poignant.
3Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run


BigHans is Sputnik's version of The Boss. When I first read this review, my comment in the thread came across as so fanboyish I cringe each time I revisit it. That being said, Hans' review of Born To Run deserves each and every accolade it has received. Loud, rambunctious, and suitably noisy, this review's true strength lies in its ability to paint images concretely - something which we all should probably learn to do more of.
4Soundtrack
Top Gun (Special Edition)


Hans is the only user to get two mentions in this list - and why not, bloke's severely underrated as is. His review for the Top Gun Special Edition soundtrack has a lackadaisical and utterly non-committal style that makes its delivery all the more effective. It ties in together elements from the album and the movie into form one seamless whole, and wraps up the whole affair by inspiring about fifty million torrents of the movie from nostalgic Sputnikers.
5Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz


thebhoy's take on Sufjan Stevens is probably the most complex piece on here, but that's more to its credit than anything else. It is irresistibly enthralling, taking on the tone of an English/History essay as it dissects The Age of Adz from head to toe; thebhoy ties in a good dose of his uncertainty with some critical judgment before packaging the whole thing up in an ohwhatthefuck poise. Reading this review requires some sifting, but perseverance pays off. I'd kill to know how the man's mind functions.
6Snow Patrol
Up To Now


Atavanhalen's review of Snow Patrol's first greatest hits release is as admirable as it is simple. In reviewing, half the battle is about delivery; here, Atavan is simply cruising through his paces, casually listing down point after point in a manner so languid it seems effortless. This should be an official template for "Greatest Hits" releases.
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