GOOD BYE TO CRITICS--HELLO TO YOUR INNER SOUL'S SUBJECTIVITY

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You critics are tone deaf. Your either jealous of people with talent or you don't have any; or somebody pays you for these ridiculous strict reviews. I've never wrote in before but after your extremely low review of one the greatest albums I've heard in many years (Lana Del Rey's--Paradise) I figured out the whole critic system whether it's books, movies or music is rigged. NEVER AGAIN SHOULD ANYONE ON THIS PLANET TAKE ANY CRITIC OPINION ON ANYTHING--PEOPLE OF WORLD NEVER EVER LISTEN TO CRITICS--After all they a paid money for reviews. Right there it should tell you that they can become corrupt just like most of the government, the crony capitalist and media that's in bed with them, and everyone else who has sold their soul for money. The songs the DJ's play on those shit pop stations are all bought and paid for and then Generation Y (aka The Millennial's) latch on to it because their friends do and that's all the music they are exposed too. A nation (the U.S.) 36th in world in education and children and teens brainwashed by television and their innocence lost to the Internet. God Bless you all but it's not looking good. Pray.
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Andy DeNardi

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Dear Sir,

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.  Your critique of Top 40 radio and payola was timely and invigorating.
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Sorry for the grammatical errors. 
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Andy DeNardi

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It may interest you that some albums' ratings move up or down over the years for various reasons.  Lana Del Rey had a poor start in the media and that may have affected how she's still reviewed today.  If the next album does well the AMG people could decide to give entire catalog a second look.  I've seen some records change by two stars over the course of fifteen years.  Scandals and deaths that get a lot of coverage can also trigger a reassessment.

I can only speculate on the reasons, but reasonably well known artists and their albums generally end up at the correct level over time.  Performers that disappear after three lukewarm records will keep whatever ratings were initially assigned.  Personally, I don't care for Del Rey, but I like the niche that she's operating in.  Her act is unique and that's a rare thing in pop music.  I'm always intrigued when someone reinvents the torch singer.

Regardless of the money and favors that change hands, pop stars are that because they offer what the people want to hear.  I don't always agree with the people, but when I don't, it's always me who's wrong.  They may be sheep led by the record companies but they can still sort out The Beatles from Herman's Hermits or determine that Frank Sinatra is a better interpretive singer than Tony Bennett.  Some seemingly random act will remain highly rated for nostalgic reasons, even if they were more pop-culture than good.  And eventually we'll grow to like them because of it.  The critics are really only valid after the passage of a decade or more.  They're there to guide us through the stuff that no longer is being shoved in our face, the stuff that we missed because we were too young or involved in other things.  Who sinks or swims is decided by us not the critics and they can't fully resurrect anyone who the public has rejected.
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