Not quite legendary

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Oct 302009

A music fan, particularly a fan of a musical style that has acquired additional cultural trappings, asserts individuality by membership in a group. The contradiction has given rise to familiar parent-teenager fight scenes in a hundred tired family dramedies. Though the story stays the same from decade to decade, the music changes, and understanding the fan means understanding not just the sense of community brought by any fandom, but also the vital energy of the musical style itself. The engine of Tim Schafer’s Brütal Legend rumbles with the energy of heavy metal. Unfortunately, it never really roars to life. More [Read more…]