It is interesting that, its print sales having fallen to barely 26,000 a month from a peak thrice that in the 70's, it cannot even rise to the technological challenge, with digital sales of no more than 500 or so. I was once one of many avid readers; these days it's an irrelevance.
However, it is also true that virtually no new reviewers either can, or are allowed to, emulate the fierce, rigorous and independent critical acumen of J.B. Steane, Alan Blyth et al; they either feel coerced into the bland puffing of the latest (usually British) performer, who, more often than not, fails to live up to promise for similar reasons of undue and premature pressure and expectations, or they simply know no better.
This is one of the main reasons for MusicWeb's existence, even if it is largely underpinned by the efforts of enthusiastic but (I hope) experienced and informed amateurs like me.
It's all very sad but the writing's on the wall.
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