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The peculiar agony of the big-name artist’s album playback

God, I love PopJustice. This is ostensibly about Shakira’s new album:

We always find playbacks like this totally toe-curling. You’ve got someone who’s just spent a couple of years recording their (hopefully) incredible new album sitting in front of you and your fellow ‘scribes’, watching for your reaction to their new songs. But how do you look like you are ‘listening’ to a song? How do you look like you are enjoying it? You can’t just start dancing around shouting “I FUCKING LOVE THIS ONE!!!” at the top of your voice like you might do if you were, for example, at church.