Interesting and touchy subject. As a non-musician, I feel I'm entitled to be a critic because I'm spending my cash to purchase a product and therefore expect something of quality in return (I realize this is somewhat subjective) i.e. musical content, packaging, production quality, etc. I have been buying music for 25+ years, resulting in a collection of thousands of records and cd's. One thing that disturbs me about so-called critics is reviews I read in local papers, magazines or online that employ a star rating system (four stars out of five, for example) or a percentage rating. You read an ambient or a rock review, and a critic will give a band a musical rating of, say, five out of five for a release that time has proven will be forgotten by the general public and that will sell in very small quantities (that in itself does not necessarily mean it is not brilliant). Examples: Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express, Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's, Eno - Music for Airports. These are five-star classics. Sorry, the latest Coldplay or Lady Gaga or even, I dare to say, Steve Roach is not five-star material, when compared with the above classics. Same goes for films...the latest Hugh Grant/Sandra Bullock enterprise hardly rates five out of five when viewed alongside Apocalypse Now.