Why is it that some fans, or worse, some reviewers, seem incapable of praising a record or a live performance purely on it’s own terms? I can understand comparisons with an artist’s previous work, that’s perfectly valid to put things in context. But exactly what do they think they achieve by bad-mouthing a band’s peers, often artists with whom they share a significant number of fans?
I just don’t get this. Especially when the band themselves appear endorse the the review.