Vinyl: Season 1 Reviews

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February 11, 2020
Vinyl is full of stilted characters and a quickly-forming identity crisis (is this show about music, or money?), hardly what appears to be the opening salvos of television's first new prestige drama of 2016.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 13, 2020
Drug-crazed macho preening is not Vinyl's biggest problem. It's characters seem to lack motivation (beyond "he's drug crazed") for almost anything they do.
September 8, 2018
Yet, not even Scorsese at full-throttle was quite loud enough to drown out a sense that underneath all the ferocity were some stories so old-fashioned as to verge on the corny.
May 31, 2018
Vinyl resembles little more than a by-the-numbers hybrid of The Wolf of Wall Street and Mad Men, with tighter pants.
May 31, 2018
If you are willing to invest many hours in a gorgeously scored, artfully crafted drama that takes effort to get invested in, then Vinyl is just the strain of Peruvian dancing dust to help you march toward TV nirvana.
May 31, 2018
Vinyl doesn't miss a beat. Like a well-sequenced album, the slightly nostalgic but pulsating series has an ebb and flow that stays in its own groove.
May 31, 2018
Clay digs deep into that dirty nursery rhyme street performer and pulls out a heavy performance. The kiss is brilliant and proves you can't keep a hard man down.
May 25, 2017
Whether the show will be just as memorable as the music the decade produced is something we'll need to wait and watch.
September 26, 2016
It takes time for the sharp corners to smooth but it's worth the investment. Cannavale in full flight is a sight to behold.
September 25, 2016
Vinyl is a show about music lovers by music lovers.
September 11, 2016
These ten episodes are a somewhat hellish loop of stylistic motifs, crutches, and tics.
April 11, 2016
The makers of Vinyl need to realise that a decent soundtrack is not a panacea for dud scenes and bad dialogue.
March 1, 2016
It's a great idea, but is it great TV? Judging from the nearly two-hour pilot, it is, if you're a Scorsese fan.
February 23, 2016
Vinyl isn't a home run out of the gate, though it gives us a lot to work with/sift through while also hoping we become as enamored with classic rock as its creators are.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 22, 2016
Fine. So be it. I'm happily inured, as should you be, to Fear of Missing Out, especially 43 years on.
February 18, 2016
This drama does for the record business what Casino did for the gambling game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2016
In a breathtaking shot travelling deep into the bowels of the Mercer, Scorsese shows Finestra first hand the redemptive power of rock'n'roll.
February 17, 2016
I there anything less rock 'n' roll than an hour-long Sunday-night drama on HBO?
February 16, 2016
Your reaction will vary on your liking for the kind of people the filmmakers have chosen to focus on... After watching something like half the season, they strike me as unbearably tiresome and uninteresting.
February 16, 2016
The first thing that's wrong about Vinyl, HBO's new drama about the music industry in the '70s, is that the music doesn't feel important.
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