one-note


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one-note

Lacking in variety; tedious or boring. How can you read those one-note books? They're so dull that they put me to sleep! When I need a new perfume, I look for a complex fragrance, not something that's just one-note.
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Instead of "criticize," Dana uses the terms "attack," "put down," and "one-note diatribes." Those terms would be justified, but only if the criticism were not justified and did not point out an uncomfortable truth or hypocrisy.
CAMEO: Bono's daughter Eve A ONE-NOTE DRIP: Sean Penn as rock star Cheyenne
Hundreds of fans showed up, pre-warned the show would be one-note long.
Hansen said the Welsh were no longer a one-note team which played best in the mud.
Though the characters never rise far above their one-note stereotypes, a twist at the end and a hint that the past may pose yet more problems for the Clarks save the story from a pat ending and give it a stronger message.
Rockwell loved Dickens, and is Dickensian in his eye for detail and his affection for one-note comic characters, but Dickens could not have written, as Rockwell did, of producing works "that didn't disturb anybody, that I knew everyone would understand and like." Dickens disturbed without sacrifice of popularity; his every idyll of community and hilarious good humor he complemented with the flip-side nightmare of life as he had traumatically experienced it.
But there's cause for concern about the one-note rag that runs through most of her works: the viewpoint of woman as victim.
Portraying animal rights advocacy as "shrieking," "a religion" and "a one-note samba," Margaret L.
The theme of exclusivity comes full circle in the song Smit and his band perform in the video; "Passerby" refers to the eponymous bar at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, a generally overcrowded, very loud, smoke-filled watering hole immortalized in Smit's lyric description, "where the art world comes together in a hideous crush, where they degrade themselves and whomever they touch." Smit implicates himself in the game too, and the work manages to walk the line between one-note sarcasm and a genuine longing for a real sense of community.
The prank hits its bumpy spots--a glam young screen diva (played by glam Gwyneth Paltrow) and a spoilsport neighbor (Denis O'Hare, grousing about like Anthony Heald's vice principal on Boston Public) are one-note Harrys.
In contrast to the one-note, hortatory approach of some of her postmodern peers, her critical work has come to seem more ambiguous and multilayered.
But it was also disappointing because Baker, a fledgling choreographer, presented three of her own works (out of five on the program) that essentially limited her to a one-note performance.
(Thus the enthusiasm for neat-freak smorgasbords of schematic formalism and shrewdly compartmentalized affect la Safe, Kids, Happiness, and Affliction: one-note arias in the key of smug.)
And the historical figures are distilled to one-note running
Certainly, Bacon was a bit of a one-note trombonist.