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my advice for aspiring readers of music critics

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Daniel Snazell Thackray

1. It’s  just one person’s opinion.

2. There is no right or wrong way to write a review (similar to playing guitar).

3. Star ratings mean shit. What, exactly, is being awarded a mark?

4. You might not agree with the writer.

5. Which part of ‘music critic’ don’t you understand?

6. Yes, they probably were at the same show as you.

7. Trust the critic, not the magazine.

8. You don’t have to read it.

9. Authority is gained, not conferred.

10. Bloggers aren’t critics. Not automatically.

9 Responses to my advice for aspiring readers of music critics

  1. Bianca October 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Q: Why aren’t bloggers critics automatically?

    They’re a person with an opinion, and if there is no right or wrong way to write a review then I don’t see why they couldn’t be a ‘critic’… maybe I’m missing something? Maybe it’s not that simple…

    I’m also interested in the ‘authority is gained, not conferred’ point. Q: What is the criteria to gain said ‘authority’?

    Cute pick E! 🙂

  2. Everett True October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Not all bloggers express opinions. Many blogs are simply links to other parts of the web.

    Authority is gained via your readership.

  3. Bianca October 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Ah I see 🙂 thanks for the answers… x

  4. Shaun October 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Also Bianca, just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean you’re a critic.

  5. Bianca October 19, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Q: Shaun what are your thoughts on what makes someone a critic?

    Out of all the writers I know, Everett is one of the only ones I would use the word ‘critic’ for.

    Checked out your blog, found it an enjoyable read. It is interesting to see the word ‘F*ck’ used with such frequency in one spot.

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  7. ianw October 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Interesting link Bianca, but the first of those commandments – about knowing the Locrian mode and the Tritone and the like before you can criticise music – is bullshit from start to finish.

  8. Bianca October 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Ian, agreed… I think it’s interesting to read/hear other writer’s take on their craft.

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