The best any critic can offer is "perspective." Today we have such a politically correct society influenced by those that scream for diversity but when challenged either rarely practise diversity themself or simply need to grow a thicker skin at an honest opinion. An opinion is just that, it is not an indictment. In the past two years I have reviewed several thousand titles and can count on one hand the number of "bad" reviews given. So what is the point? Simple...An artist has to have a thicker skin to survive and hopefully thrive in this business and so should a writer. I found this piece on a blog from 2009 and while the reader comments are somewhat comical in spots, the writer is spot on with his assessment on how he attempted to go about his task. For an artistic community to thrive then feedback both good and bad has to be a two way street. As a more conservative oriented critic I have been shunned by some labels and some artists and due largely in part to my own value system. Values and turning a profit are often mutually exclusive in this industry and I have proven this one more than one occasion and with more than one artist. Read this link from a 2009 piece on http://www.jazz.com/
Robert Hilburn formerly of the L.A. Times on what it takes to be a "good critic."
Free passes simply by hiding behind the title of "artist" do nothing to foster growth and development of sound critical thinking. There are standards of basic human decency one should tread carefully and lightly around. Alec Baldwin recently bailed out on twitter as his inability to tweet before engaging his thought processes was becoming increasingly embarrassing. Social media can be an artists golden ticket or their ultimate demise and while self inflicted career suicide is rare - it happens.
Currently my traffic is up 37% for the year while waiting on "Hope and Change" and I am truly grateful. I have gained a valuable sponsor and am receiving music from all over the globe despite having a former editor publicly refer to my site as one with "an increasingly diminishing shelf life." The editor once made the profound statement that, "we all need editors." True...I simply did not need him.