James Dean wrote:
No critic or anybody in here listens to music like I do or hears it like I do, I've never figured out why I should care if someone comes in here gushing about a release, what does that have to do as to whether I'd like it or not? I remember awhile back a thread in the old Ice Room about Government Mule and everybody was saying, OMG, these guys are the real deal, this is a must have. I love the blues, so I've gotta get this cd. I thought it sucked and re-sold it on amazon. Must be a personality thing, but if I like somebody, I'm not waiting to read a review in here or anywhere else before I buy it.
This is two separate things for me, James. Like you, I wouldn't wait for somebody else's opinion before buying an artist I already like. But for artists I'm not so familiar with, there are a few ICErs whose tastes are close enough to my own that I've purchased or avoided releases based on their posts, and have been happy with the results in nearly every case.
I get what you're saying Linda, but I think Americans are review-happy. Some people don't buy something unless they read a review in Consumer Reports, Amazon, a critic, etc.. almost like they are just afraid to make a simple decision. Researching it is fine, but when you depend solely on what other people are saying, I don't get that. I've seen plenty of 1 or 2 star movies that were fine with me. Some movies or music get an immediate bad word of mouth to the point where people who haven't even seen the movie or heard the music want to get in on the negativity movement and are just repeating something that somebody else said. But there's a lot of that going around in politics as well, so I'm sure it's the internet generation.