Spectrum Check

This week at Spectrum Culture, I started with a piece on the music review side. I’ve previous written on Vivian Girls and La Sera, so it only seemed logical to me that I should continue weighing in on all the groups bobbing across that shared orbit. That meant writing on the second Best Coast album, not really knowing when I claimed it that the band was on the receiving end of enormous antipathy. That at least gave me an angle with which to start the review.

I also had my regular contribution on the film side, writing about the new Russian film Elena. I don’t have much to add that isn’t in the review, except to note that even with a strong rave, I seem to be valuing a film a little less than the developing critical consensus. Somewhat brattily, I think that’s largely because I don’t automatically equate sedateness with great artistry the way that many do.