Really, all the stuff about retiring to protect their legacy isn't something I agree with.
You are a muso and you enjoy playing in the band and as long as you are personally happy with the album you are releasing (despite the fact that the bands may well be the only people in the world who will like it) then that should be enough.
Whether the critics hate the album shouldn't really factor in it.
It's not going to destroy the legacy of the band either because people are going to remember them for their peak and not what they do in the tail end of the career.
really I don't think it's ripping off fans either. In the age where people can easily try albums before they buy, no one is going to get ripped off due to an album that they percevied to be bad.
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