At 8/31/14 10:19 PM, MegaMettaurX wrote:
None of that takes 10 paragraphs. If you got to write 10 paragraphs ( a review), maybe you should instead of give them a shit ton of text, hook up with the person, give them a lesson. It seriously does not take 10 paragraphs to tell someoen why their 8 minutes or less song is good or bad.
Just putting it out there that I write essay reviews not just because I want to tell an artist why I think his song is good or bad. If I wanted to do just that, I'd take a paragraph or two making very generalised comments on what I liked and didn't like. I prefer going in detail, mentioning particular things I think are noteworthy and generally not leaving any stone unturned. Why do I do it? Because I enjoy it. I enjoy analysing music, writing down my thoughts, and reading what the artist has to say about them. Heavy analysis of a piece of music not only makes me appreciate the fine details of a song more, but it even helps me judge my own music critically and keep a close eye on everything I do.
Does an artist NEED that much detail? No. Does it help? In my opinion, hell yes. Judging from my experience getting essay reviews on my own music, I find it very enlightening and informative when I read someone's analysis of my track. I know what I should've done better and what I was doing right, which helps me infinitely more than "i liked the track, 10/10". Well, I mean, using words like "right" or "wrong" may not be entirely suitable because music is an art form which is, in the end, subjective, but educated analysis from other musicians fills you in on what another musician, just like you, thinks about the track you spent hours working on, and to me (and to a lot of people I think) that is invaluable.
That doesn't mean it's not cool to get short and sweet comments from non-producers. Getting an outside perspective helps you understand whether your music appeals to someone else who isn't there to analyse your track but simply to enjoy it, so I can agree with that. Point is, in the end, nobody's going to be mad at you for giving someone a quick comment on whether you liked something or not (unless it's in the R4R thread or something where people are specifically looking for feedback and critique). However, do not underestimate the advice and feedback of another musician. Constructive criticism is the key to improvement.