I don’t particularly want better Danish music criticism. I particularly want an economic system that doesn’t make the planet uninhabitable while squandering the potential of millions of people through violence and drudgery. This is not to say that Danish music criticism isn’t largely dull, elitist, inconsequential consumer advice or factoid lists. It is, but this doesn’t make Danish music criticism special. It makes Danish music criticism like most music and cultural criticism around the world. But given the occasion to desire better music criticism, I’d like to make the case for the genre’s potential.
Sublime ghosts and capricious categories
To reach its potential music criticism needs to go beyond opinion. In his response to Seismograf’s survey on the state of Danish criticism, Macon Holt suggests the critic must grapple with the ethics and politics of the music.