The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #146705   Message #3397857
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Aug-12 - 08:20 PM
Thread Name: CD Reviewer accepting Trad entries
Subject: RE: CD Reviewer accepting Trad entries
I find that a good review usually doesn't spend much time giving an evaluation of a recording (performance, book, whatever). A review tells the reader what's inside the cover, and gives background information that will help the buyer decide for himself whether to purchase the item. A good review also helps me enjoy the recording more.

As for a recording I don't like, I often don't have much to say about it. If that's the case, I'll send the performer a diplomatic e-mail, perhaps with a few comments or pointers.

I've seen reviews that rake the performer over the coals, and I really don't enjoy such reviews. Some reviewers don't seem to be able to do anything but pan a performance. I still feel a little guilt about doing that, and then I remember that I'm not in school and I'm not employed, and I can do anything I damn well please.

I've found it's a daunting task to write a worthwhile review. It's some of the most difficult work I've ever done. I've also found that it's a pleasure to read a good review. I especially enjoy reading good book reviews when I don't have time to read the book - hey, it's almost like reading Cliff Notes. Oftentimes, I feel a little guilty about reading the review instead of the book. Then I remember that I'm not in school and I'm not employed, and I can do anything I damn well please....

-Joe-