I was once replaced at the last minute in a band that was going on at a music fest. It took me a long time to realize that I just wasn't really all that good, and the guy I was being replaced by was better. I just saw it as my friends deserting me. I later realized it was me failing. The other side of "getting on with the business of making music" is asking your self the hard questions: Do I suck? If the answer is yes, and it sometimes is, then you owe it to your self to admit it and work harder to not suck. In this case, you should inwardly thank the critic, or the guys that kicked you out of their band. In my case, I realized one of the reasons I wasn't working hard on the music was because we were doing only covers and it wasn't that interesting to me. When I started doing my own music, the desire to make it sound better is what drove me from suck to mediocraty. There used to be a lot of expensive gear between a musician and a record lathe. Yes, that's right. LATHE. (I've actually LATHED a piece of aluminum and vinyl kids! I had to walk 10 mi in the snow to do it!) Now, it's not that way any more. Almost anyone can afford the couple hundred it takes to burn a CD. However, not everyone should. That's just reality. The good thing is we're going to get a lot more diversity, the bad thing is we're going to get a lot more hacks. It's probably worth it. I'd trade lower production values for more interesting music any day. One thing you'll find is that few people will go out of your way to say you suck, unless you're their compitition. If this person's brother and the reviewer both came to the same conclusion, I think it's worth it to take heed and figure out what's happening with people's perception of your music. Mark Sottilaro wrote: > Of course there is always the possibility that you suck, and that the >review > is doing you a favour, but unless they provide irrefutable proof that >they > totally understand what you're doing and still don't like it, you are far > better of ignoring lazy put-downs like 'mindless guitar wankery', and > getting on with the business of making music.