I know not a single person who listens to critic reviews, or pays attention to them at all. Even when Siskel and Ebert were big, we all ignored their thumbs, up or down. In fact, if I heard of a poor review of a movie, I’d often go watch it, just to spite the supposed pros, and typically found the movie/music/art/video to be pretty darn entertaining.
Entertainment, that is the entire reason we have the arts industry. It’s not just so a select group of people can make an insane amount of money, that’s politicians, it’s so we ho-hums can have something to listen to or watch. It’s not to bring meaning to our lives or to change the world, although a few documentaries can carry that burden.
I’m still laughing over some guy’s opinion over at the Boston Herald, yes, the Boston Herald of all places. It’s part of the way I surf the internet is to go from one recommendation and branch off that one through links. I ended up there from the title “Adele over Lady Gaga”. I just had to have that explained to me as knowing Lady Gaga’s sexual preferences are unbound I clicked hesitantly hoping there were no pictures, but a succinct explanation.
I was pleased to find just a short comparison of the two singers and then kept reading for his reasoning of one of the most popular singers of our century to a lady I’d had yet to hear of. iTunes fixed that of course and I immediately downloaded Adele’s newest album and currently hear her amazing voice taking up the background noise of my house, over kids and dishwashers.
The article made me think and laugh about the top-tens/twenties/forties, etc, that critics spout as sources to their actual opinions. I just can’t take a guy seriously who starts out calling one chubby and the other “anti-Adele”. Hmmm, who is he a fan of? Then he goes on to say that Adele is better because she’s at number 1 on some chart and Lady Gaga is at number 6.
Really? So two completely different styled singers are competing head on for a limited number of people? Or is it that people are limited to liking one and not the other? Or is it album sales? Because he’d be wrong there.
I get that everyone has an opinion, well of course we do and I’m spouting my own right here in a vomitous way.
GOD I love making the spell check on my computer highlight vomitous on my screen.
What’s that saying? Opinions are like …. belly buttons, yeah, belly buttons because everyone has one.
See me keeping it PG there? You’re welcome.
What’s my opinion? I wouldn’t see neither of them in concert (is that a double negative there?), not because of talent, but because my ears don’t like concerts anymore (and yes, I’m old, thankyouverymuch). I have both in my iTunes now and shamelessly like Lady Gaga as much as Adele. Maybe it’s her screw-you attitude, but really it’s her voice. I saw her duet with Elton John at some award show and was hooked. Yes, she’s flashy, obnoxious, and absolutely insane, but I love her attitude. Just because she’s a girl with an amazing voice doesn’t mean she came from the Mickey Mouse club and is going to sing pretty songs to make you feel gushy. I like her raunchy attitude and her outfits more often crack me up, hint *entertain* me, than annoy me (okay, I’ll admit except the meat dress, she didn’t even have a motive for it).
Maybe it’s because I listen to a variety of music, or maybe it’s because I’m a girl and don’t get the need for the ‘chubby’ reference, but the article just reaffirmed my idea to ignore critics, top-whatever charts and listen to what ever I want. Born this way or not, I’m going rolling in the deep too.