Words Commonly Used in Music Reviews: Brainchild

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Words Commonly Used in Music Reviews: Brainchild

When music reviewers talk about a new album, they often refer to the album as a brainchild. While most of us choose to use the word ‘idea’ or ‘creation’, someone at some point had the brainchild to pen the term brainchild. Funnily enough you never hear anyone talking about the brainchildren of a particular artist.

In indie music reviews, brainchildren are everywhere to be seen. When we checked recently in our lexicon of international music review English, brainchild is used 4.8 times more frequently in indie music reviews than in common everyday English.

Coincidentally, very few people (if in fact no one) uses the term brainchild when talking about music to another person. How odd would it be to say to a friend, “Have you heard Venetian Snares’ latest brainchild? It’s amazing!”

How Does a Brainchild Sound?

This electronic mix from Dj Aleksi & Shoulderpipe, aka SMOOD, who hail from Helsinki is the perfect example of a branchild.

Seven Examples of Brainchild in the Wild

  1. “The brainchild of DJ Harvey as a means to keep his multi-instrumentalist hand in so to speak.”
  2. “1-800-DINOSAUR is the brainchild of both Dan Foat, the man behind R&S Records revival and Blake who also run the 1-800-DINOSAUR club night.”
  3. “The unique partnership is the brainchild of local music aficionado Vidis.”
  4. “The original and classic Boulevard album by St. Germain (the brainchild of French producer Ludovic Navarre)!”
  5. “Hans quickly confessed that Fouk was the brainchild of his duo with his best friend Daniel Leseman.”
  6. “The debut LP from The Crystal Ark is revealed – the brainchild of DFA’s Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz, featuring contributions from LCD alumni Matt Thornley and Tyler Pope.”
  7. “This very exciting concept album is the brainchild of Austrian guitar mastermind Fennesz and Turin based duo Ozmotic.”

Have you had a recent brainchild?