I've thought about responding to this as one of those who don't hold the same high opinion of Steve Roach as do most of you, but frankly, I'm not sure what it would accomplish . No matter what someone like me writes, it's not seen as valid for one reason or another, which is fine with me, to be honest.
Frankly, I'm less interested in debating Roach's artistic merit than I am in debating over why his most ardent followers want to always make it so personal. It's funny because THEY'RE the ones who accuse US of having a personal grudge or an axe to grind, but they're the ones who always start slinging the mud...at least IMO. The last thing I need is someone infering that I don't "get" Steve Roach when it's simply I don't like all his music as much as most of you do (I love some of it, like some of it, and don't like some of it - is that too tough to grasp?). It's got nothing to do with "getting it"...it's just a matter of taste and opinion. Why is that such a big deal? If I think he's over-rated, why does that deserve a tongue lashing? It's not like I'm insulting him. Shit, my thinking he's over-rated has nothing to do with Steve as a person and he actually doesn't control that. The over-ratedness comes at the hands of his fans, not him. If I'm insulting anyone (which I don't think I am), it's YOU, not him - think about it.
I just don't get it. If anything, I have at times thouhgt that lots of folks who love him and buys all his CDs but ignore lots of lesser known stars are the ones who should be shamed (I feel the same way about TD fans, BTW)...but I won't point that finger like I used to because it just breeds divisiveness. You love Steve and his music, fine. You think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, fine. Just don't infer that those who don't share your opinion are stupid or subhuman or have no taste. That's what gets me riled up. Just leave it alone. Praise him all you want but stop trying to paint us as illiterate uncultured boobs.