Hyphens are a critic’s best friend

Phrases found in three music reviews, all of which appeared on one page in the recent Onion:

two-year delay
self-proclaimed “white midget”
anti-stereotyping inveigling
girl-fight classic
a rival who layers on liquid-tan
Specials-style ska-pop
PlayStation-fueled beat-smithery
drop-the-bomb bass
love-it-or-hate-it affair
harp-laced fairy-folk
55-minute, five-cut album
stream-of-consciousness mood
Van Dyke Parks-supervised orchestral arrangements
belting, whispering, and soul-baring
too-difficult-for-radio wash of sound
radio-friendly past

That’s leaving out standard designations like “hip-hop”, “nu-metal”, and “B-sides”.

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