>>Or maybe he doesn't want to be mean public shaming amatuers. It's one thing shaming professional musicians who are rich and wealthy themselves, it's another thing shaming amateurs and it makes you look like a dick which is the reputation that snobby professional critics have (maybe he was offended by that comparison)
I don't remember the story all that well, but IIRC Matt on Music Babble used to write for Ground and Sky prog reviews website, and one time he utterly trashed some garbage neo-prog record some dude sent in. But later the guy who made the album emailed him all pissed off, and they had some lengthy heated exchanges. I would hate to be in that position. :P
Anyway, I suppose if you're going to make music you're going to have to accept that some critics will think you're shit. It's important *not* to just brush it off though, if you ask me. You should take careful consideration of whether the critic actually knows what they're talking about and if their reasons for you sucking are good ones. It's lame when people ignore valid criticism and go right back to being just as awful as they always were. But it's very common. In the end however I suppose feedback to an artist and a review are two very different things, since the later is directed at prospective (or current) listeners of the music and not its creator.
Alright I'm rambling now.
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