Spoiler Alert: This song review contains may contain spoilers for Bioshock Infinite. (It does. It does contain them.)
In this editorial I will be providing thoughtful criticism of pop music with an emphasis on chart topping music and how it could be elevated to a higher standard while still holding its mass appeal. I will take the space Pop Culture Primer has provided me to explore the effectiveness of pop music as art and draw parallels between accurate communication. I hope to provide a critical eye that comes from a place of respect. Today we will be analyzing “Edge of Revolution” by Nickleback.
So I just played Bioshock Infinite and it was really F*#$&ing awesome. I mean, when I got control of the bird monster during the final fight and used it to smash that blimp I almost had an aneurism that was caused by the amount of F*#$&ing awesome that was built up in my brain.
I was on my way home from work and thinking about riding around on those sky rails shooting ravens out of my hands when I realized that I am way behind on this article. I was supposed to have it like, forever ago. So here it is.
I wonder: if I was someone who got the article done on time if it would turn me evil like Comstock in Bioshock Infinite? Would I become some like perfectionist grammarian despot? When I think about it like that, its almost chilling. The idea that choice is predestined and free will is naught but illusion is very interesting to me. Bioshock did a really good job of presenting this idea of fixed points in time. Within the narrative it was absolutely stunning. However, it raises a lot of questions.
These scientific inaccuracies, while not troublesome to me, point out very specific problems that often occur in time travel or dimensional hopping fiction. In addition, there were several concepts that were provided with Dr. Who logic. For example, what biological reason should you have for your memories to rewrite themselves with fictional memories? This almost claims that memories are concrete pieces of something and not just encoded chemicals in your brain meats. This is pretty impossible due to the fact that consciousness isn’t even real (Citation B#$@%*!).
Also, why does remembering something from another dimension cause you to have nose bleeds? Why does the girl gain semi-magical transdimensional powers when she went from one dimension to another and no one else did? Was it “cause tesla coils”?
So their quantum physics were sloppy. I know how hard it is to deal with quantum physics. I do so a little bit in my book. Which you should buy.
Man, where was I, oh, reviewing the new Nickleback song!
The list of grievances with this song could easily be as long as the list of scientific inaccuracies found in Bioshock Infinite. While that list could easily be as long as this dude’s questions about Prometheus.
I have to say, none of this hampers the narrative for me. It uses compelling dialogue in a way that really lets you follow the jumps in logic and find that ah-ha moment just before the oh-so-satisfying and thematic conclusion that left me gasping for air for hours afterword.
But this is suppose to be about the new Nickleback song… Oh, and like, it would have been funny if the new Nickleback song had been remade all old timey and junk cause, you know, they did that in the game. Not that it was out when the game was out, but it kinda fits the themes of rebellion and stuff.