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The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Mike Senior » Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:56 pm

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It's a big occasion for me this month, because The Mix Review is now officially 10 years old! What started as a bit of a leftfield article idea in the pages of SOS back in April 2011 has since grown into an improbably large archive of more than 500 critiques of commercial productions -- and I couldn't have done it without the support of Sound On Sound and all of you valued readers!

So thanks for sticking with me all this time, everyone! :thumbup:

And, seeing as birthdays are as good a time as any for a bit of self-indulgence, I've decided to celebrate the event with a big retrospective article, reminiscing about some of the hundreds of productions I've critiqued over the years -- including both my Highlight Of The Decade... and my Lowlight Of The Decade!

Here's a link if you fancy a trip down memory lane:

The Mix Review: 10th Anniversary Retrospective!

Of course, the column's still going strong, with new critiques posted every Friday. Most recent post is a critique of Billie Eilish's latest Grammy winner 'Everything I Wanted', although I'd say both Sierra Hull's '25 Trips' and Ingrid Andress' 'More Hearts Than Mine' are just as worthy of your attention amongst the latest Grammy nominees...

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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Folderol » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:17 pm

Well done!
And long may your pencil remain sharp :thumbup:
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby blinddrew » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:28 pm

I really need to add this to my favourites. :headbang:
Thanks for the reminder. :thumbup:
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Zukan » Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:46 am

Praise be! Here's to the next 10.
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:48 am

A job impressively well-done! Congratulations Mike, and long may the good work continue. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Wonks » Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:06 am

Happy birthday!

I assume a piece of birthday cake is in the post to everyone?
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby CS70 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:34 am

Mike Senior wrote:reminiscing about some of the hundreds of productions I've critiqued over the years -- including both my Highlight Of The Decade... and my Lowlight Of The Decade!

A cool read! An unintended consequence is perhaps another confirmation that a hit does not need to be sonically perfect (or even good) to be extremely popular! There's still hope! :lol:
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:53 pm

Bravo Mike! :clap:


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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby resistorman » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:00 pm

Congrats! :clap:
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Airfix » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:31 pm

All ye who mix , be afraid be very afraid of the quill of Mike Senior. He's listening!
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Mike Senior » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:30 pm

Thanks for the well-wishes everyone! :) Here's looking to the future!

blinddrew wrote:I really need to add this to my favourites.

Not sure if you use an RSS reader, but here's the RSS link if you do:
https://themixreview.org/reviews/index.xml

CS70 wrote:An unintended consequence is perhaps another confirmation that a hit does not need to be sonically perfect (or even good) to be extremely popular! There's still hope! :lol:

:)

Agreed, there is clearly only a partial correlation between popularity and quality. That's what I'm clinging to, at least...
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby blinddrew » Sat May 01, 2021 12:48 pm

Mike Senior wrote:
blinddrew wrote:I really need to add this to my favourites.

Not sure if you use an RSS reader, but here's the RSS link if you do:
https://themixreview.org/reviews/index.xml
Thanks Mike.
One day I will figure out how to use RSS. Maybe.
In the meantime I'll keep having 25 tabs open my browser... ;)
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Airfix » Mon May 10, 2021 8:56 pm

Dear Mike do Penny Lane
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Mike Senior » Sat May 15, 2021 7:15 am

Airfix wrote:Dear Mike do Penny Lane

Hah! Yes, I'm sure that would be a good track to do, but given that I currently do only one classic track per month, it feels a bit unfair to do another Beatles track (I did 'Yesterday' quite early on) when I still haven't covered so many other iconic tracks by other artists -- Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Frank Sinatra's 'My Way', The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction', The Shaggs 'My Pal Foot Foot'... :) The list is endless, basically.

I have considered maybe doing some ancillary themed mini-books, though, so maybe I could do '10 Beatles hits' or something in future. When that mythical spare moment arises, perhaps...
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Re: The Mix Review -- Happy 10th Birthday!

Postby Airfix » Sat May 15, 2021 9:42 pm

Thanks Mike - i'm chuffed - your special - Yesterday was easy peasy though-
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