Whenever I share a negative review of my work someone will usually ask me why I’d do this. Here’s why: When I promote a project I kindly ask for reviews, not compliments. I am grateful for every person who takes the time to listen, makes an effort to think and then finds the courage to write publicly about their thoughts and experiences. Granted, some reviews are more useful to us musicians than others in terms of what we can learn from them. Some are written with a deep concern for our art while others lack real engagement. But that goes for the good ones just like the bad. And even in the worst case, careless or aggressive negativity will reveal more about the reviewer than their subject.
The way I look at it, a review is an opportunity to begin a conversation: In the most simple way, where do you agree or disagree, and why? But more importantly, how can someone else’s critical reflection help you sharpen your own senses, broaden your perception and deepen your experiences?