» ThinkChristian: So much for objective Christian journalism
Good read here on one writer's sense of music criticism within Christian music circles. The dilemna for those that do it is that no matter how awful the music, it's usually performed by people who have a heart at or near the right place. So what constitutes "fair" when it comes time to suggest that a particular release is stale, formula-driven, predictable, or ... just plain awful?
I will say this ... it's far easier for the consumer. We just simply don't buy something. There were any number of releases I bought just on reputation alone back when my prefered genre was in fashion. There were more hits than misses, but some of the misses were abominable. Ruscha and Neon Cross stand out as particular memories I'd like to delete (but thanks to YouTube, never will).
Fortunately for me, blogs didn't exist back then and I didn't see much of a future in doing music reviews for a living. The conclusion of the afore-linked post, however, should be taken to heart by those of us that are doing just that now, however ...
I understand the Christian music press works differently; there is a strong view that CCM and other magazines need to cheerlead artists who believe they are serving God and a higher calling. That said, it does no one good to squelch voices of dissent when they have something of value to contribute to the discussion. Iron sharpens iron, right?
It does precious little good to say of any artist that work that is subpar is anything but. Trust that they know enough to improve rather than believe that their ego is so fragile to take a jolt every now and then. Or at least trust that they may not really care a great deal. And if it's good stuff ... you can blog or write about that, too. I'm sure they'd love to read it.