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A critic is a peculiar creature.
While most people are content to enjoy the moment and experience the thrill of now, the critic is always trying to introduce context. Whether they’re at the front row of a concert, sampling the menu of top restaurant or settling down for a session on the latest video game they’re never happy.
Because its work. They’re asking themselves if the sound is turned up loud enough because they’re interested in the acoustic performance. They want to know how fresh the ingredients are because it really does make a difference to how the food tastes. They need to know if this particular game is worth forking out hard earned dirhams on – or whether it is no different to the last version of the same title.
But that’s not why they’re peculiar. They’re peculiar because they are always wrong. If you had precisely the same opinion as the critic on every decision they made you would be that person. We all like different things for different reasons. The mood we’re in as we settle down for a particular massage, our personal feelings about an actor in a certain film – even our journey to watch a sports match can change our opinion of the experience.
So you might not agree with every one of the lists on this site. Our favourite albums might not be the same as yours. What we thought was the best book of the year might not have been trash as far as you are concerned.
The lists in this book represent what our experts thought about 2009. If you think we’ve got it wrong get in touch.
That’s another peculiar thing about critics – they love to listen when people have a different opinion. You might even be able to change their mind…