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MAYOR QUIMBY
04-08-2010, 08:02 PM
I can't stand when people make me listen to a song they like and expect me to like it also. Sometimes friends send me a rap song they think is awesome and its whack as fuck. Or i'll be in the car with a friend and they'll turn up the radio and say "I love this song, isn't it great?" when in fact it isn't. And since so many people in this non-hiphop music area of the forums are always recommending whack ass dry music they think is great it gets me thinking. Music is like watching a movie or tasting food. Not everyone is going to enjoy the same songs you are. Some songs are great because they are highly melodic with a lot of good sounds in them, other songs are great even though they are very simple. There is no formula to what makes a song GOOD. So when i see music critics in magazines or on the inter-web, i just ignore their articles and and pop in a porno because i dont give shit what they think i would enjoy listening to. ;)

djskillz
04-08-2010, 09:20 PM
Truuuuuuuuuuu. i've disagreed with mad pitchfork articles to the point of frustration lol. i realize now that people might not agree w/ my taste so i dont really feel the need to try and convince them anymore.

Edgar Erebus
04-09-2010, 07:36 AM
Yup, it's possible to be a music critic. It also pays quite well.

Ghost In The 'Lac
04-09-2010, 07:59 AM
The only people who need to listen to music critiques are weak people who need guidence from someone else on what music to listen to.

Anyone can decide for themselves if they dont like something. The whole idea of critiqueing music from people who cant even do it themselves I always have found laughable.

SID
04-09-2010, 08:03 AM
I think there is a formula for a generaly good piece of music, all the music i show my friends has gotten good feeback, you just have to search to find the best.

Mumm Ra
04-09-2010, 08:53 AM
yeah, the formula is to stay on beat - that's pretty much it
other than that it's all subjective

Longbongcilvaringz
04-09-2010, 09:51 AM
It depends what you think a critic's job is.

On one hand, Music/Movie/Television/Book cirtics are only worth reading if you already know your tastes align with theirs. Generally, i'll trust a review from someone i know has roughly the same tastes as me.

But you're forgetting that regardless of personal tastes, a critic can introduce new ideas or thoughts to you in their writing. It's rare now, when most reviews are 300 word verbals pieces of shit written by some unbelievably pretentious and verbose pitchfork faggit.

But i've read movie reviews which i appreciate in there own right, because of the quality and incisiveness of the writing.

beautifulrock
04-09-2010, 02:20 PM
The worst critics infuse their personal opinion into everything. A great critic knows what the consensus will like and makes statements based on that. Still, it's hard to make a review not personal.

Tommy
04-09-2010, 02:28 PM
It depends what you think a critic's job is.

On one hand, Music/Movie/Television/Book cirtics are only worth reading if you already know your tastes align with theirs. Generally, i'll trust a review from someone i know has roughly the same tastes as me.

But you're forgetting that regardless of personal tastes, a critic can introduce new ideas or thoughts to you in their writing. It's rare now, when most reviews are 300 word verbals pieces of shit written by some unbelievably pretentious and verbose pitchfork faggit.

But i've read movie reviews which i appreciate in there own right, because of the quality and incisiveness of the writing.


I agree with this completely.

I only read reviews and critic's articles as a way of gaining another opinion on something, be it music, films, or other products. From reading what somebody has put, it may allow you to look at something from a different angle or appreciate it in another way.

Although, I never read them to see whether something's "worth checking out" as, like Franchise said, that's for weak people who can't decide by themselves.

fatboybrandon
04-09-2010, 03:34 PM
Breastroke & Butterfly, a better thread title might have been "Is it possible to be a music enforcer?", it sounds like you had a bad experience with someone's forceful opinion rather than their personal opinion.

I feel where you're coming from in having to deal with various opinions on music, I've come to the understanding that those people will always exist so I don't pay it much mind. The worst case I know of in life is dealing with people in the East Village NY trying to force me to buy their mixtapes on the street.

As you said it's always you're choice to ignore those critics, I do too because I am strong enough in my own opinions & beliefs. At the same time I'm not going to ever try and force my beliefs on someone else although I will always speak what I believe is true and good.


I think people who critique music without being practictioners of it is fair and justified, it's like someone who goes to a restarant and feels their meal isn't cooked thoroughly enough, they have a right to speak on it. Just as long as that individual doesn't try to write a book on it like their a certified cooking professional.

The many different ideas and views of music we have in this new age of media makes for an interesting learning experience, I'm thankful for it. Everyone needs to excersize their choice properly on where exactly to recieve their music opinions, it's qucker and easier than ever due to the advantages of technology.