Music critics are privileged in that people send them music for free. They are also cursed in that people send them music for free. Ever since I became a music critic, I have been deluged with such piles of shit that part of me wants to say “fuck you” to all “benefactors” and just buy records like everyone else. Then again, everyone else now probably downloads the same piles of shit. Does anyone listen to records more than once anymore – or make records worthy of such?
I’ve reviewed two records that I actually want to get to know better. The first is Jucifer’s sprawling L’autrichienne, which will require the rest of this year for me to digest fully. The second is Testament’s The Formation of Damnation, which sounds like shit but has good music on it. This quote by Bob Dylan is applicable: “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really. You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them. There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like…static.”