You can’t really blame either Sofia Tosello or Yuri Juarez. It’s not really their fault. And, listen, TangoLando isn’t a bad CD — it’s just not something anyone under 80 might want to listen to. Sure, Yuri’s a very capable guitarist and Sofia’s vocals are smoother and sultrier than a warm stick of butter looking for a good time, but the songs themselves are the sort of music wallpaper that comprises the vast majority of world Muzak currently playing quietly in the background of one million not-very-good cafés. You can’t heap all that on Sofia and Yuri’s shoulders.
If you need to blame someone, blame the people at your local Dad Rock station. Because it’s these assholes who are responsible for the trickle-down effect of dull music. You see, the same people who, three decades ago, used to blast Black Flag and the Meat Puppets from their dorm room windows, have found work feeding their contemporaries a steady diet of shitty shoegazer pop, painfully boring alt-country and whatever the fuck Kurt Vile is doing this week.
After a few years of this, people became so acclimated to no longer being screamed at by angry troubadours here in the New EZ Listening era that they began to do the unthinkable: Actually pay money to see Animal Collective. And that, boys and girls, is how dull became the new black.
Remember, Sofia and Yuri are just patsies in all this. Instead of invading Peru, why not invade your local Dad Rock station and demand that they play something loud, profane and interesting?
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