Artistic Licence: The old stagers bite back

Much as we hate to admit it, there's a standard path for the way in which critics assess the work of musicians. A new band is always an intriguing prospect.

3rd February, 2013
'What if we're occasionally guilty of being unfairly dismissive?'

Much as we hate to admit it, there's a standard path for the way in which critics assess the work of musicians.

A new band is always an intriguing prospect. Like a fresh student arriving mid-way through the school year, a new artist represents the unknown and exciting. But three albums in, with few exceptions, suddenly an artist's very longevity becomes their biggest obstacle to remaining successful.

Why? Because we're fickle. We like shiny new...

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