Amen. Really unbelievable. Mike is not anyone's personal DJ and I don't see the benefit of saying you don't like someone else's musical taste in a thread about that particular music. This is not American 'Classical' music either. I often find that those that dislike entire genres tend to know the least about them.
Hey all - I just wanted to hop in and address this as well. I'm always happy to field suggestions and I love trading ideas and songs. And the best thing that arose from this minor controversy was the idea that if you really want to see a review on something, nothing is stopping anyone from doing in-depth music/ album reviews. I'm doing it because I love to do the research and I'm just lucky enough to have great access to publicists, labels, artists and management because of my day job over at Ultimate Ears. This is my personal way of giving back to the community.
Music is subjective and no one has to like the same music or styles as I do. But in the spirit of artistic discovery, it is best if we all keep opinions on the positive. I want to remind us all of something very important. It is a very small world and as we've seen in other threads of mine, the artists and the engineers are reading these posts. This is a very powerful community. I know for a fact that the Chocolate Drops and Leyla peek at this thread. They are all amazingly talented musicians who are very brave to make the type of music that they make. But besides for that, they are kind people. There are real humans on the other end of the microphone. So please, let's remember that as a fundamental and share our delights and if and when there is a criticism to be made, couch it in a compliment. Otherwise - we're just being mean to the artists themselves. Making something from your soul is no easy feat. Image what the world would be like if everyone tried to be as creative as their favorite musicians.