What the fuck happened to Stephen Thomas Erlewine? He used to be one of the best pop critics out there (not many people will go to bat for Urge Overkill) and he’s totally changed. Today I was reading his reviews of the Simpson/Lachey post-break up albums, the new Justin Timberlake and the Paris Hilton album, and it’s like his personality is completely different.
For a long time, he was the only reputable person who seriously listened to Hilary Duff, but he’s become vindictive and gossipy– downright nasty at points. What the fuck happened? Did his wife run off with his best friend? Or has he just been reading a lot of defamer?
This would be a moot point if his reviews were still solid. But of the above list, the only two things he liked were Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton– he gave the latter 4.5 stars (?!, as for a dubious move in chess).
His more recent pop reviews have focus more on image and packaging than the actual music (cf. his review of Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Speak’); he says every pop album he likes is ‘frothy’, ‘fun’, and ‘hooky’; and he calls Madonna ‘Madge’ a lot. He’s gotten old and weird.
I remember sitting around with Dan in college and talking about how much we both liked STE. It’s too bad things have changed.