At this point most of us have heard the song “Old Town Road”, and the controversy surrounding it being removed from the Billboard Country Charts for not being country enough.  This is kind of comical if you think about it given that current country hits sound more like Poison and Def Leppard than they do George Jones or Hank Williams.  In any event, Lil Nas X has released his much anticipated EP called 7.  On it there are tracks that cover various genres including rock, I kind of laughed reading a review on an ultra hipster site bashing the EP for not sticking to one thing.  You’ve got to love how narrow minded some sites and critics are when reviewing music, or categorizing it.  “It’s not country enough”, “it’s not Hip-hop enough”, “it’s not rock enough”, etc.  It’s similar to the point that I keep bringing up with Mark Morton’s solo album where reviewers don’t have the balls to say a song of his sounds like 80s hard rock, to be precise it sounds like Dokken.  Instead, you get the track being labeled as “blues rock”, because they’re too cool, or scared to say a song sounds like something that came from that time period, and wasn’t a select few number of bands.  Remember, they’re down with posting clickbait headlines but are too scared to have their visitors find out they’re closet fans of a lot of things they don’t cover on their sites.  No different to the guidelines being applied to Lil Nas X, when did a reviewer say Led Zeppelin 4 sucks because every song doesn’t sound like “Black Dog”?  I’m not saying he’s on the level of Zeppelin, but at no time did reviewers have issues with bands infusing more than one style of music into their material on their albums.  It’s asinine that in this day and age where social media and the internet bombard us with so many things, that people are such elitists, and well have more rules than any form of religious literature that you might encounter.  In any event, here’s the video for the track “Bring You Down”, you decide if you think it is cool or not.

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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