I am writing to you in defense of the recently released ATX Underground Compilation: Concrete Volume One
, which received a very lackluster review in the Friday, May 16 edition of The Austin Chronicle
Your writer Austin Powell complains that the compilation is "masochistic and monolithic" and says, "there is nothing [on] here that sounds … remotely new or exciting."
Everyone is entitled to her/his opinion, of course, but it seems to me that if you are going to review a compilation of 18 bands, perhaps a half-sentence describing the different tracks specifically, both high and low points, might be more of a fair review than the sweeping generalizations mentioned by Mr. Powell in the above paragraph.
And, since later on in the review Mr. Powell makes a light nod to three of the bands – Exit, Lust Murder Box, and Happy Panjoma – which are three of the first six bands on the compilation – well it does make me wonder if he got around to listening to the other 12 tracks! We definitely feel that there is quite a wide variety of music on the entire compilation and that each of the tracks deserves a critical review on its own.
I am not a stranger to the review process, having written electronica reviews for URB Magazine
in Los Angeles for 5 years. In my admittedly biased point of view, Austin Powell has missed the boat on this one.