>>61766324 What makes him a good critic? I don't think I've ever seen him say anything particularly insightful about an album. Most of his stuff is just talking about the history of each band and usually isn't in that much detail. There's also a fair amount of historic inaccuracies and bias in his writing so it's not even reliable as a history of music.
Sure he's pretentious, but he has good taste. Whatever his justifications are, 90% of his best-of lists are filled with great albums. I found so much great shit by browsing his site, checking his yearly lists, and checking out bands he references in reviews of albums I like. Who cares what his credentials are?
>>61766597 Most of the things he rated in his top albums are good except:
>Good YOU'RE GOOD LMAO XDD PUSH!!!! IF I EVER LET YOU GO..... >Nail Guy shouting over a mic with instrumentals that seem the villain theme for Spongebob or Sesame Street >Blonde on Blonde VISIONS OF JOJJJJJJJJANAAAA >Astral Weeks Literally second-tier Buckley or Drake >Slow Deep and Hard My gf left me pls kill me U NO THAT FEEL REEEEE >Spiderland DUDE DEPRESSION LMAO
>>61766597 Look, if you rate good albums highly like some of his highly rated stuff which is genuinely that good, but if you have no idea what makes them good, does that mean you still have good taste in music? A lot of people here are like that, too especially those that like to play either the "I have a completely different Internet persona than IRL" game and the "I need to put these albums in my top all time favs to look cool around here."
The fact that so many Americans still believe it should be illegal to marry a 12-year-old only tells you how far America still is from becoming a serious culture. The Europeans have long recognized that the greatest relationships of all times are between male adults and female adolescents, who are the most biologically fit to produce offspring, as well as the most physically attractive. Followers of the Muslim faith rank the highly controversial Aisha over all of their prophet Mohammed’s other wives, who were far past the prime age for reproduction. Americans are still blinded by puritan values. Adult females are more mentally developed than adolescents (not true, by the way), therefore they must be the greatest partners. Europeans engaged in relationships with adolescent European girls in the middle ages, radical Islamists engage in relationships with adolescent Muslim girls in the present. Americans are often totally ignorant of the virtues of relationships with adolescent girls, they barely know the biological benefits. No wonder they will think that sexual relations with 12-year-old girls should be criminalized.
>>61766737 What the fuck is this even supposed to mean You're just generalizing those favorites with memes in a way that isn't even relevant to him or whether or not he has good reason for liking them.
>>61766809 >Look, if you rate good albums highly like some of his highly rated stuff which is genuinely that good, but if you have no idea what makes them good, does that mean you still have good taste in music?
Yes. Not everyone can eloquently articulate that sort of thing. I think critical analysis of music can heighten your enjoyment of it through increased understanding, but it's not necessary to justify your feelings about music to be able to judge it on your own merits.
>>61767103 the reason they're looking for a new roommate is because piero drove the last guy out with his eccentric behaviour. I know the last tenant through friends of friends.
apparently scruffy was always labelling things - not his own things like his food or anything, but almost every item he could find. a lamp would have a sticky note on it saying '6/10 - illuminates corner of room well but does nothing to advance what lamps have been doing for at least 100 years. Pleasing glow but repetitive'. he'd also wake everyone in the house up at 6am sharp to partake in a hike of the hills around the house. he'd carry nuts and water in his backpack but only allow the others to eat or drink if they correctly answered prog rock trivia (of which the answers were all his opinions).
he once caught my friend whistling the opening melody to hey jude and for the next three days he had restricted access to the food in the kitchen. he was allowed bread, rice, pasta and potatoes but was entirely banned from any seasonings or sauces. scaruffi said it was because he 'seemed to be happy living without taste so far, so why not carry on that way'
>>61767215 >more credible than every other website You realise he's only listened to about 1/3 of the music he's claimed to, right? Also, he's not the only music reviewer who isn't a part of a big magazine but if you believe that every single established music review site bar Scaruffi's is getting money to influence their ratings, you might want to invest in a tin foil hat too.
>>61768207 http://www.scaruffi.com/vol3/tangerin.html Look at that and tell me you honestly believe he has listened to every single Tangerin Dream album. That after listening to ten albums in a row by them that he thought were 2/10, that he kept going anyway. http://www.scaruffi.com/vol6/boardsof.html he describes Boards of Canada albums that haven't been released at the start of this. Also, take a quick read through some of his "A history of x" pages. The sheer volume of music he mentions would be impossible to listen to in a human lifespan. That's not taking into account all of the books, movies, art, hill walking, travel, the books on artificial intelligence, his actual job as a scientist, his interest in politics/current affairs, poetry and essays taking up his time. I presume he also eats, sleeps, bathes and goes to the toilet as much as the rest of us too.
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