Stereogum articles of all sorts (featured stories, columns, etc.) now seem to be written as personal autobiographies of the writers, with few musical details thrown in. Don’t the editors get tired of reading what amount to diary entries disguised as music writing/criticism?
You also make a valid point. Though it is possible, and very easy in fact, to write a subjective review without turning oneself into the subject.
You make a valid point about filtering, but here the balance of news and “Me-me-me” details just seems a bit off to me. This kind of writing is happening more and more on a lot of music and film coverage sites.
I don’t understand why so many articles on Stereogum and other similar sites are written as autobiographical sketches of the writer and his/her tastes. Why not just write an article about the subject matter in the headline? I doubt readers flock to the site in order to read so many words about the writer.
M.I.A. has not ever released a solid album, and the current backlash/negative reviews seem to be the effect of critics and listeners not willing to acknowledge the mistake of buying into all of her hype to begin with. They won’t quite retroactively judge her previous output on its actual merits, but they will exaggeratedly project their frustration in the form of a negative response that is now its own trend. And aren’t those other two headliners novelty acts?