Thanks for this! I look forward to reading the rest of the review. :-)
The Wire just did a rather scathing review of my second Slowfoot album, "Inscape", so this has come as a nice surprise. Their review didn't specify any musical problems with the record or mention any tracks, though - in fact, the first half contains a fairly flattering account of the music. Once their attention turns to the "clunky" concept behind the record, however (though it isn't based on any single specific concept - the press release, which I didn't write, amplified a single piece of inspiration into a central theme), they accuse it of having an absense of "taste" and an "unsettlingly careerist sheen".
Still, any critical perspective is interesting and valid, and I'm thankful to The Wire for reviewing the record at all. I just found the final accusation unfair; I don't think any of us here who are involved in crafting the kind of music we're crafting have careerism in mind - we do it because we love to spend hours, weeks, months moulding sounds, creating potent atmospheres, exploring musical possibilities - and we do it because something impossible to pinpoint drives us to do it. It's an obsession we have that we'll act on whether other people enjoy our music or not (and if other people happen to enjoy the results - that's great.) It can include many frustrating moments, but the process is rewarding enough in and of itself.