With all due respect to my esteemed colleague John Roderick, hating on hating is the most tired kind of hating there is. Especially when it's the complaint, commonly leveled, that music critics should be more positive and just promote what's good instead of critiquing what's bad. Critique . . . what does that word sound like? Oh, yeah: critic. It's the nature of the job to criticize, to have opinions positive and negative, and to express both in a way that makes for good reading. Especially in this day and age, if people only want recommendation--not critique or discussion--there are plenty more efficient avenues for that than finding a writer whose tastes align with their own. Algorithms can do that. What algorithms can't do (yet) is crack jokes, express joy, and wallow in rage and apoplexy at the state of some musical abomination--that's what critics are for. "People don't want to learn the reasons to hate something, they want to be turned on to something good"--tell that to Lester Bangs (and, yes, I realize we can't all be Lester Bangs).