The idea of someone or something being the end all encompassing idea and being “right” is a myth. People want 100%. 100% or fail. No room for average or decent. Where releases only have ‘hype’ for a week, whatever catches our mental bandwidth ‘has’ to be worth it.
Commercial success? Critical success? Winning the people’s heart? Pick 2.
“Oh ___ is boring”. “ ____ has no bangers” “____ doesn’t have any substance”. “_____ fell off/is trash now” “ ____ is too preachy” “____ is bad because ______”
All are subjective and valid (to the individual’s) critique of an artist and no-one should be exempt from criticism.
“To be caught in a proverbial corner
in which you can do or say two things
, but either way the outcome is negative.”
It’s a catch 22 when art has to live up to expectations as well as tick criteria that consumers and critics can enjoy. Especially in a 1-listen “classic” review culture.
Time’s relationship with art is important as those determine how we view the lens of art.
Creatives trying to remain on the cusp of contemporary culture as well as making art which can exist beyond the contemporary timeframe is a task not everybody’s built for.
But I’m thankful for those that do.
You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.