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Ang Jones

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The Week In Music With David P. Weber - ABC WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)


This one is a good one although there are things about it with which I disagree.
"Yet soar this album does....better than anyone had any right to expect."

But "A fine LP despite a bunch of guest stars.." (my emphasis).

"The tracks featuring Beach Boys are the most satisfying."

IMO the guest stars make strong contributions and the comment about the songs featuring Beach Boys being the best tells us more about the reviewer's bias than about the quality of the tracks. Had the reviewer mentioned specific tracks his argument might have been more convincing but it just so happens that all of the tracks featuring other Beach Boys (all of whom are of course much older than the other artists) are better than the ones without them? Sorry, don't agree.

The album is referred to as an LP - I know this is a minor quibble but I understand the vinyl isn't out until June. It's a CD actually. But if the reviewer is of an older generation perhaps it explains his feelings about the younger vocalists and the Beach Boys.
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I heard some time ago that the people writing book reviews do so to simply get their publication featured on the book cover and has absolutely no relation to the book.  It’s free advertising.
 
Whilst, thankfully, we haven’t yet started printing reviews on album covers, you can infer that the reviews are designed to attract readers because every publication needs readers not least of all to sell advertising which is their life blood.  When I was in medical publishing the most critical statistic is the impact factor which records the amount of times your publication is quoted elsewhere and so you try to ensure that an article will achieve the highest impact factor possible.  
 
I expect that good and bad reviews probably gain equal amounts of readers and equal impact factors but very much expect contentious reviews increase both enormously.  Here we all are posting links and moaning about inaccuracies so that other people filled with irritation will go to the site and read the whole article and then post their own feelings and another link.  You can’t pay for this kind of advertising which allows them to charge more to advertise on their site.
 
So being cynical (again - so sorry) we must take all of this stuff with a big pinch of salt.  The reviewer may be more knowledgeable than us and therefore more may able to offer a more accurate review but the likelihood is that they have their own agenda.  I don’t think we should be relying on the professional reviews - make your own choices and decisions and when possible publish them.  How useful to you are the reviews on Amazon from end users? I find them invaluable. How many other people have your exact musical taste?  So you have to listen to it yourself and make your own decision.

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Debbie KL

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Liz - Any cynicism you have about the motives of critics, editors and publications is obviously founded in fact, so no need to apologize!

I'm curious if anyone ever really reads a review and says, "oh, I guess I won't get that record, then," particularly if they like a sample or they've read something that makes them interested in an artist, a record, or a film.  I certainly never do.  I just listen to the people I've learned have similar tastes and interests to mine when it comes to any work - there's just so much out there and available.
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Ang Jones

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With music, just as with everything else, personal recommendation is most important. I know that many of the reviews on Amazon will be posted by people, some of whom I have met and others whom I don't know but have perhaps been present at some of the concerts I've attended. They are writing from the perspective of those who know Brian's work and who like it. But nowadays, with snippets and some tracks being available to hear on sites such as this one, and of course Spotify, we can decide for ourselves. That decision took me no time at all and I haven't regretted it either!
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Me too, Ang! Hearing previews of this record only made me want to buy it more, and it really didn't detract from the "complete experience" of the record when my cd arrived.  I just sat thrilled that I could hear it with that clarity, finally, on my preferred equipment  It was a whole new experience.
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