The crux of the arguement is that we’re all too wishy washy in our opinions – we need to be precise and viscious, good or bad. I kind of agree and I do struggle with the whole “let them down easy” vs. “tear them a new asshole” thing – I want to explain why a record fails, but I also don’t want to get bogged down in explanatory bullshit. However I’ve yet to come up with a definitive solution.
Not this guy though. His answer? American cartoon characters. He provides several examples, from the Simpsons to Family Guy. Of course the best cartoon culture critics were also the first. Beavis and Butthead on Radiohead’s “Creep”
Beavis: “Why don’t they just play the cool part all the way through?”
Butthead: “Well Beavis, if they didn’t have a part of the song that sucked, the other part wouldn’t be so cool.”
God I miss those two…