The trickiest thing on Earth
can at least be evaluated after (somewhat) objective criteria such as complexity
- but those criteria do not apply to popular music
The sole purpose of popular music is raw pleasure
, and complexity
is simply not a viable criterion for it - if it was, we should assume that Chuck Berry
, because Chuck Berry's songs scarcely use more than 3 chord
s, most of times the same good old Blues
chord sequence : A-D-A-E-D-A-E-and start over.
Yes, that's simple. Simplistic. Primitive
. So What ?
We all know Chuck Berry is not crap. In fact we all feel that Chuck Berry is incredibly good
. But we cannot explain it. It just catches you in the guts
, and there's nothing you can do about it.
We should admit the fact that there is simply no way to evaluate popular music beyond the crudest approach, that is: "I like it
" / "I don't like it
There is no such thing as an objective critic