Of course, he’s not a musical version of Roger Ebert, but he is definitely capable of doing direct, pungent and intelligent analysis on various musical subjects and topics, with interesting density, precision, cohesion and consistence. And I don’t even will debate about his musical eruditeness, he has a formidable degree of knowledge about several distinct genres of music, and he proves that by delivering with mordacity and sagacity intelligent commentaries, concerning the vast majority of the musical subjects he evaluates. But at this point you may ask “why the hell do we need musical critics, anyway”? I agree with you. Why? Music wouldn’t be the same without them? It probably would. But since this job exists, why not give to it its fullest appreciation? After all, there are some very good, talented music critics out there, that knows how to capture precisely and translate into words the technical and artistic features of an album, an EP, a song or a single. And I sincerely think Anthony Fantano do this work with a formidable amount of competence. So – contrary to “popular opinion” (who cares, anyway) – I think Anthony Fantano really deserves the success he has been achieving so far, and I wish his channel to grow more and more as the years pass by. I will also try to accompany his work more frequently, despite the fact that every review he does has something to be appreciated. Like I wrote some lines above, I don’t know a certain amount of the artists he covers, so I cannot really agree nor disagree with most of the reviews I watch, but I really like his style, which I think is very personal, fluid, spontaneous and delivered with a natural glamour.
The reviews of Fantano are delivered with humor, soul, sagacity and commitment. He really knows what he is talking about. Look at this awesome review he has done about the album New Levels New Devils, by Polyphia: he describes the sound as “ultrasanitized” and “elevator music for metalheads”.
Will Smith was a rapper before he ventured into acting. He continued his career well long into the 2000’s, releasing his last album in 2005. Nevertheless, while he became famous as an actor, his career as a rapper never really launched, and eventually went into a permanently dormant state. His son Jaden, on the contrary, seems incapable of doing both. He just achieved celebrity status because of his parents, and works occasionally as an “actor” and “singer” because he is rich enough – and has the influence of his deservingly famous and hard working parents – to buy all the connections, logistic and support one must have, in order to pretend to be an artist.
So, Anthony Fantano is on the crest of the wave, surfing on the victories of his audacity working as a professional music critic, as well as the success of his channel. He certainly deserves, and I wish his success to keep growing, more and more, as the years pass by.