Have you ever been put off by a bad album rating (I mean a really bad rating, rather than a lukewarm one) or review, only to find that you actually like the album after listening to it?
I know it’s stupid to dismiss music on the grounds of a bad rating, it’s just what one reviewer thinks (although there always seems to be a consensus amongst professional reviews), but admittedly I do this when it comes to discovering new music, otherwise I end up with such a long list of music to check out that I end up not bothering.
I’m listening to Wire’s The Drill (came out in 1991) which seems to have a very poor critical reception (as does that general period of their career) and I quite like it tbh. It’s ‘different’ to their other stuff, but it’s not terrible and I’m finding it an interesting listen. Then again I probably wouldn’t have even bothered checking it out if I wasn’t into Wire’s 70s (and underrated late 80s) albums. The fact it’s ‘different’ probably explains the low ratings, I’d imagine fanbases generally struggle to get to grips with bands reinvent their sound too much, in which case the low ratings have little to do with the actual quality of the music.
Not really sure what the point of this thread is. The answers I’m looking for are probably just a load of common sense, but basically, do you find the critical reaction of an album subconsciously determines whether or not you’ll bother checking it out, and have you ever been alarmed by how much you like an album that seems to be universally disliked by fans and critics. Do you have examples?
Examples I can think of:
Be Here Now
Gang of Four - Hard
David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise
Echo and the Bunnymen - Reverberation