Swinging Modern Sounds #92: Perfection

therumpus.net - 03-07


The listing impulse in music criticism is, well, hard to like. Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity, ruined it, perhaps, at a time when it was going to be ruined anyway by reason of overuse. The self-evident conclusion about listing as a trope is that it belies the role of subjectivity in these matters of taste. Every top-ten list I have ever made is equally invalid, and almost all of them could easily have been changed the next day, if not within hours. The dwelling-within of subjectivity, the welcoming of error, the tolerance for whim and passing fancy, the labile tendency that inheres in critical pronouncements, these are all concealed in the list, by and large, as practiced so voluminously elsewhere.