Re: URL-Chicago rock-crit link
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> I'd be really interested to hear what other people think of thatHmm. I think it would have been nice if they expanded a bit on
> round-table article.
something they barely touched upon--the fact that it's not a critic's
job to just report what happened at a show. It's their job to give
their *opinion* of it. I mean, 95% of the angry letters critics get
are along the useless lines "How can you say (insert band here) suck?
They're great! You're full of sh*t!". I just bang my head on the
table every time I read one of these. Hopefully the critic's opinion
is worth printing because it's informed by a deeper knowledge of music
than the average reader has. And after a while of reading any given
critic, you get a sense of what he/she likes vs what you like and
gauge the opinion accordingly.
I liked the fact that they brought up the notion that the restaurant
reviewer doesn't have to review McDonald's, even though the music
critic is expected to review that dump's audio equivalent. I also
agree with you, Jason, that the unwarranted and cheap attacks on NYC
writers and the town in general weakened the argument considerably.
And maybe I missed it, but they didn't really address the magazine
writer's initial assertion that music writers, in general, aren't very
good *writers*. I just snagged the power pop issue of Magnet, and a
have to say that a more comprehensive collection of tortured
metaphors, clumsy sentence construction, and cliche masquerading as
wit would be hard to find outside of a high school newspaper. I mean,
here's a slick mag with tons of ads, and I know more than a few good
underemployed writers. How could this happen? (Seeing rockcrit's
most egregious example of the Peter Principle, Fred Mills, in the
masthead gives me a clue, though.)
But I digress. I was most impressed with DeRogatis' remarks about
writing his reviews for a kid with $20 in his pocket. To me, the
ability to make that kid want to run out and buy a CD after reading a
review, convinced that the disc is going to kick his ass, is the mark
of a really good critic.