The intro calls Nico “precious” which I suspect he won’t like. I’ll let him explain why.
In the print edition, they got the title of the album wrong.
What bugged me, though, was this sentence:
“A Good Understanding,” its new recording on Decca of choral pieces by Nico Muhly, brings a different degree of prestige. (It is now available as a compressed mp3 download on iTunes but will reach the market as a full-fledged CD in fine sound this month.)
Now, if you’re not Mark Swed, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know that iTunes doesn’t sell MP3s. You’re not the music critic for the LA Times, and you haven’t just casually libeled anybody.
Still, digital downloads have been around for at least a decade. Not knowing that iTunes sells music in the AAC/MP4 format is a bit like a movie critic in 1987 not knowing the difference between VHS and Betamax.
If you really don’t know which format is used by the largest music retailer in the US, you could be accused of being a bit out of touch, but that’s really the worst anybody could say unless you chose to offer uninformed value judgements about technology you clearly don’t understand.
He doesn’t make a direct claim about the imaginary MP3s, but then again he doesn’t need to. He just uses innuendo to slur the product he’s “reviewing” with a tautological reminder that the MP3 is compressed and that the CD sounds good. I place the verb “reviewing” in inverted commas here because it doesn’t seem like he actually bothered to compare the download with the CD. Still, two can play at that game.
Mark Swed works at the LA Times, which also employs several people who aren’t completely out of touch with the way the public consumes music.
See what I did there?