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Unvarnished reviews from three New York City fifth graders.

Tough Critics is our video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will -- three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release -- and they don't pull any punches. 

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Tough Critics On Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pitchfork called Godspeed You Black Emperor's 2012 song "We Drift Like Worried Fire" a "summary of everything that made this band great." But our Tough Critics think this song would sound really great if it just had some Taylor Swift vocals on top. We took their challenge – and decided to find out what that sounded like.

 

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Tough Critics On Jovanotti

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Soundcheck presents "Tough Critics" -- a video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will, three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in New York City. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release -- and they don't pull any punches.

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Tough Critics On Django Django

Monday, February 25, 2013

On the Tough Critic's playlist today: "Default," by the young English psych-pop band Django Django. The group's self-titled debut was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012, and has been hailed by critics as "a new modern classic." But Elisabeth thinks the song is neither modern, nor classic, as she puts it: "in a couple of years, no one will know this exists."

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Tough Critics On Brandy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today, our Tough Critics pick apart a song from Brandy's highly anticipated 2012 album, Two Eleven -- which All Music Guide hailed as "one of her best." But these critics would rather just hear it as an instrumental, because then it'd make a really good running song.

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Tough Critics On MNDR

Monday, September 24, 2012

Critics called MNDR's song "Faster Horses" a "surging piece of pop," and "exhilarating." But our trio of fifth graders think the song is the kind of thing you should play in detention.

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Tough Critics On Regina Spektor

Monday, September 17, 2012

This year, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor released her sixth solo album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, to high praise. But that was before our Tough Critics got their hands on it. Today, Elisabeth, Will and Onaje -- three fifth graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village -- pick apart Spektor's song "All The Rowboats."

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Tough Critics On Dirty Projectors

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tough Critics is our new video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will -- three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release -- and they don't pull any punches. On the chopping block today, "Unto Caesar," by the Brooklyn-based band Dirty Projectors.

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