While he may or may not have run out of ideas more recently his influence has been unmistakable (or unavoidable if you prefer), and there are things to be said in his defence. The earlier pieces such as 'Music in Twelve Parts' are pretty seminal minimalist works, and while the ideas can be spread a bit thin operas like Akhnaten work better on stage than on record.
Some of the dodginess can be attributed to setting. The original 'Dance IV' sounds terminally cheesy now, but that organ version with Iveta Apkalna is a grand statement by any standards.
I think Glass runs into trouble by trying to shoehorn his idiom into big symphonic edifices, the weight of the material not being up to that of the structure. Concerto form with its sense of dialogue can work better - the Concerto for Saxophone Quartet is more fun than most in this regard.
I'm not a fan of all his work, but I doubt he gives a hoot what anyone thinks. At least Glass is recognisable as Glass, so one can easily avoid stepping in any if one considers it distasteful.
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