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    There are plenty of things I don't like that other people think are wonderful and it doesn't bother me at all. Kate Tempest isn't one of those things. It actually annoys me that people think she's good.

    She makes these records and there's something about them that winds me up. It's not like there aren't good lines. But the whole performance is so stage-authentic it makes my teeth hurt.

    The music's ok, but it doesn't have to be particularly good music because it's just there for moody backdrop. The words are ok, but they don't have to be particularly interesting because they're mainly a vehicle for a sort of smudgy cloud of emotional attitudes. 2 in the morning on the rainy streets and you feel exhausted but alive, you know you've got to keep on fighting, life is both dreary and romantic and hope is a tiny flame you clasp between your mittens. There's no camp in it whatsoever.

    It doesn't take you anywhere, it just daubs slogans over where you already are. The literary equivalent of Banksy.

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    It's very cringey but my feelings are coloured by believing that only I should be allowed to write poems make money and receive acclaim for writing poems and that any other outcome is proof of a grand cosmic injustice.

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    I don't really know this person but I've only heard of her in the context of people saying how utterly hateful she is. Certainly she makes people angry, but not the right people as far as I can tell and not in a good way.

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    Interesting - who dislikes her? The only critical response I've ever seen was this - https://www.thebookseller.com/news/w...tempest-712346 - which is the usual reactionary stuff about "craft" and "dumbing down"...

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    Oh, and Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods, here talking about a Nationwide advert starring Hollie McNish:

    Jason Williamson: I was put off by it instantaneously because it reminded me of Kate Tempest. I don’t wanna start slagging my peers as usual, it just really annoyed me. She has that same false sentiment and unconvincing delivery that Tempest has got, from my point of view anyway. I dunno, I just felt like it was patronising for some reason. She’s gonna be doing life insurance ads in 20 years, isn’t she? You can imagine it. She’s gonna be hosting fucking game shows, just another one of those people who would easily settle into the rigmarole of the entertainment system, be a cosy English face. I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I think if my mum had written that about me I’d have grown up feeling very alone.
    https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/a...poetry-adverts

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    How do you qualify "false sentiment" though? I mean, I just said much the same thing - "stage-authenticity". It's how it feels to me. But I'd like to be able to home in a bit on why it feels that way.

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