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Christgau is back as an Expert Witness

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:16 pm
by Jake
New blog on MSN: Expert Witness

His explanation (The Whats, Whys, and Wherefores) also goes a long way to explain why there are so many more postive reviews in the blogosphere than negative:

The idea is to skip the reviews of good but ultimately marginal albums I called Honorable Mentions. Though they filled out the column conceptually, these required a lot of work without commensurate musical reward, and since no blogger gets paid enough to put in that kind of time I intend to break myself of the habit (though there'll be exceptions).

I also like this part:

Forty years ago I dubbed myself the Dean of American Rock Critics. That was a joke with legs. The blog title Expert Witness is not a joke. It's a boast that in criticism, knowledge counts, and that I have a load and a half.

Fair enough!