Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: I’m a media journalist, not a music critic. This distinction is incredible important, and here’s why.
I analyze music, I don’t critique it…there’s a difference. I write about the music I like, the music which moves me. You won’t see me write about the songs or albums that I don’t like. If I don’t like something: I simply let it be, leave it off my site, and move on.
My reasoning is simple: music is subjective. Just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean you won’t. I don’t appreciate the entirety of the critic business for this reason. I’m not going to sit here and tear an artist’s prized work to shreds simply because it’s not to my taste. Just because it isn’t for me doesn’t mean it’s bad music.
I don’t let a critic’s reviews sway my opinion about an album or a song or a musical style. There have been plenty of poorly reviewed albums which I have loved. So don’t let critics poison a piece of work before you give it a chance…you may lose out on the music that is meant for you.