Likes Interpol More Than Green Day

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 26, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Unbelievable. The same reviewer that gave Interpol's Antics 2 1/2 stars gives Green Day four. I mean, maybe musical talent and songwriting don't have to matter to a music critic, but last time I checked they appeared to be essential ingredients. Not even a "different genres – impossible to compare" argument can obscure the fact that Interpol's arrangements are of vast technical and melodic superiority (not to mention of greater human feeling) than Green Day's.
   Then again, I suppose music trends have made it fashionable to be pleasantly surprised at Green Day, and predictably sour-faced about Interpol's sophomore album (never mind that it's of greater complexity and tighter arrangement than their debut). But I must have missed the trend when actual musical analysis goes out of style. Does Mr. Gray even mention the album's songs before slapping it with a low rating?
Amir Nezar
Charlottesville, Va.
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