The Year’s Most Overused Words

So with the end of the year comes year end reviews (expect one from us soon!). With year end reviews comes an encapsulation of what has been noteworthy and with that encapsulation comes a lot of repetition. A good portion of these reviews are testaments to what genres have dominated the music scene this year. Such is the nature of music criticism. With that said, it seems to me like some releases get pimped just because they follow a hot trend in music, not because of their individual accomplishment. I’ve been perusing the year end lists from various publications over the last couple of days and what stands out to me is the lack of individualism of many critics. I have read a lot of reviews of albums falling into these cliche and buzzworthy categories – bass driven electronic music, ambient synth driven indie pop, and what I am dubbing post-hop (you read it here first!). With these buzzworthy genres come buzzworthy terms. Here are the words that I am absolutely tired of hearing:

 

Murky

Drugged-out

Hazy

Faded

Stoned

Slacked

Smoky

Wobbling

Druggy

Gritty

Oozing

Druggy

Blissed out

Cloudy

Trippy

Druggy

Pastoral

Feverish

Blissed out

 

About ctrimis

I am a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Percussion Performance and Music Education. View all posts by ctrimis

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