</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font> If they are "to thine own self, true", and provide evidence, such as bad, popular music, or great, not-so-widely known music, or even utterings that may prove no more ultimate a purpose than therapy or healing, is the person showing artistic ability as a result of interpreting and expressing nature? </font><hr></blockquote><font>I agree with you, although people might challenge you on your definition of ‘ability’. Does ‘ability’ mean ‘skill’ or ‘accurate translation of brain to paper/voice/guitar’?
Someone once said that there is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ art, only ‘true’ or ‘false’. I tend to agree.
</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font> To the defense of criticism, I think a person’s judgment of another’s attempt at expressing their nature deserves recognition as being valid within the scope of their intended views. Whether the origin of the critique is based on a certain amount of or type of experience may come secondary to the earnestness and courage expressed by the critic. </font><hr></blockquote><font>I guess the thing that bothers me is that critics are always coming up with new and creative ways to insult things, rather than new and creative ways to herald them. I think that music critics in particular (especially young ones) are guilty of this. They seem to strive for chic misanthropy but it’s really just laziness. Not listening to the albums attentively, not considering all aspects, not doing the research.
I do my best to avoid reading reviews of albums because they are never written objectively. Critics tend to tell you what they THINK of the record, as opposed to telling you what it SOUNDS like and leaving you to draw your own conclusion as to whether it’s an album you’d be interested in buying.
I don’t agree that a critic’s earnestness is more important than the broadness of his experience. That’s just my opinion. I think that people should refrain from commenting on things they know little/nothing about (unless it’s to ask a question, of course), especially if the object is to slander or to simply fill a writing assignment from one’s editor. I can’t think of any other profession where a worker would be allowed to compensate for lack of experience simply by being earnest.
‘There is no such thing as a mixed review.’ – J Mascis
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