What makes a good album? It’s a question that needs to be clearly asked because the more I learn, I read, I listen and I review, the more that aspect of music troubles me. Are there objective criteria which allow the reviewer to give a standard to use in order to give a good evaluation of what we listen to before putting out an opinion?
The answer may not be as simple as we think. When we see people laud MAYHEM despite a production always more disgusting, that THEORY OF A DEADMAN stayed at the top of the US charts despite a complete lack of writing skills or that CLAUDIO CAPEO (don’t look for it, your ears would not survive) was among the 5 top selling records in France, it becomes clear that what is good is entirely subjective.
Except that no, it’s not that simple. Especially when you’re listening to “Mutilated And Assimilated” by the American band BROKEN HOPE.