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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Forever (Elliot Goldenthal)

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Re: You say that just because you disagree with the review
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• Posted by: Trackman 2000   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, October 30, 2006, at 3:51 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: You say that just because you disagree wit... (Anteru)

Well, I do appreciate the rant (an honest burst of personal opinion never hurt anyone), but I do believe that you've got the definition of "review" all wrong.

>A review that has the ambition of beeing representative has to follow certain rules of objectivity. Filmtracks and Soundtrack-Express very often ignore these rules.

Yes, in theory, a "good" review requires some decent amount of objectivity... but what is that? To say that objectivity measures only the technical quality and not the enjoyment factor of music is not only subjective in itself, but begs the question of "so, what defines technical mastery in music, anyway?" One could make substantial argument that Batman Beyond and Crusade: Babylon 5 are the most technically magnificient pieces in history... though believe me, that's not an argument I'll ever be attempting to make.

>Their reviews are polemic, inobjective, and very often purely false (mostly those of filmtracks, but also the Express has a tendency to that direction).

"Purely false"? It's nice to know that ou hold you're own opinion in such high regard, though I do admit I question the objectivity.

>It's not bad to know little about the works of music, but it's a shame, if you then still try to judge music, although you can only say what you like or dislike, without real objective reasons. But objectivity is the only thing that justyfies a review. Than the subtitle of the site should be "Modern Soundtrack Comments", so everybody know, that these are PERSONAL opinions, not objective recensions.

The bottom line is that music is an art, meant to be enjoyed, appreciated, disliked, or unappreciated based on our own reactions, not by their Universal Quality Standard Rating (UQSR, I suppose) as ordained by God and guarded vigilantly by the sacred protectors or true reviewdom... Riviews are, by their very nature, opinions written by people that, for some reason or the other, have the reputation of knowing what they're talking about. Every review author knows this, as well as most readers. I honestly can't say I really enjoyed Batman Forever... I'm listening to it now, and I still don't enjoy it. But that's why I use this site. I've found my own taste's close enough to Mr. Clemmensen's that I can expect a fair amount of personal accuracy from the reviews he writes. If you disagree with his opinions, you are free to seek another site that better matches yours. Just be aware that, in the world of reviews, where opinions are absolute and everyone is free to some sort of personal correctness, disagreement is welcome and, if it has reason behind it, even friendily encouraged. But condemnation and self-absorbtion are not... the seeking of absolutes through opinion is, after all, one of the truest forms of ignorance.

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