Maneskin, the magazine “The Atlantic”, smashes them: “Is this the band that should save rock and roll?”

Maneskin, the magazine “The Atlantic”, smashes them: “Is this the band that should save rock and roll?”

by Simona Marchetti

Journalist Spencer Kornhaber tears Damiano and his friends to pieces, arguing that the group’s popularity is the result of a memorable television exposure, and criticizing the songs on the album Rush! which he felt were clearly recycled and blatantly mediocre

The title of the article says it all: Is this the rock band that should save rock and roll? Spencer Kornhaber actually asks himself in an editorial in the US magazine The Atlantic, where he mercilessly crushes The Maneskin and their new album. Rush!, which is due out on January 20th and the first was made primarily in English. Tracing the story of the Italian (but also very popular in the US) band that started with second place at X Factor 2017 and then continued successfully at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, the journalist puts all his (legitimate) doubts on paper until the rise of maneskin in a hip-hop-dominated era like today.

Is Maneskin’s popularity a fluke or a sign of a profound shift in mainstream tastes? It’s no coincidence that Kornhaber asks himself the second question, which while he concedes, Damiano David and his collaborators make music with very daring ingredients, but at all not appreciated haste! which he feels strongly demonstrates that the band’s charm is not really their music.

Unsatisfied, the reporter then targets the album’s songs, which he finds so clearly recycled and blatantly mediocre that the idea of ​​the group igniting a culture war between rock and pop seems tragic at best, while the lyrics themselves seem like coy attempts , to shock and cause trouble. In summary, according to Kornhaber, the Maneskin’s worldwide popularity can only be attributed to a memorable TV appearance, but the music – the real one – is something else.

January 19, 2023 (change January 19, 2023 | 19:09)