Strong-ish opinions

Strong-ish opinions

I keep a loose grip on this thing called an opinion, and the ones I have are generally around art because that really is my only true stomping ground, and — at the end of the day — it's totally trivial.

I rank these on a scale from 1–10, 1 being little more than a hunch and 10 being a deeply held conviction. I'm working on a list of more peppy opinions. The ones that immediately came to mind are a bit...combative.


10/10

Eric Clapton is bland, dull, predictable, and the most overrated musician of his generation.

Dave Grohl is his generation's (non-racist) Eric Clapton.

Though I truly love The Beatles, "Yesterday" by Paul McCartney is still the most overrated song of all time.

Dark roast coffee is wretched.


9/10

Quentin Tarantino's movies were better when they were edited by Sally Menke. I have a hunch that she reined in his bloat.

Ray Davies ≥ Paul McCartney (note that I did not write McCartney/Lennon)


8/10

John Cale is more talented than Lou Reed in everything except lyric-writing and caustic wit.

Wes Anderson needs to direct something that he had no hand in writing, maybe something by the Safdie Brothers.


7/10

Ranking something as 7 out of 10 is cowardly.


6/10

"Pet Sounds" > Any Beatles album taken on its own merits

The Safdie Brothers should direct something written by Wes Anderson.


Anything less than 6 isn't a strong-ish opinion.


NB: Everything on this site is a living document — just because I press publish doesn't mean I've said all I have to say on a topic.