I have a friend who is unable to utter the name of the popular beat combo Coldplay without adding the phrase “…who are shit”.
Now, I am sure that there are many people in the world whose opinion of Coldplay differs from his. After all, they are a very popular band. There are likely many folk for whom Coldplay is the epitome of contemporary rock music and who have found deep emotional and personal resonance with their work.
But you won’t convince my friend of this. You could play him track after track, attempt to point out the lyrical expertise… it will not shift his opinion. His loathing for everything Coldplay stand for comes from a very deep place – his conception of what is ‘good music’ is only one factor, I am sure.
Now, unless Coldplay do something utterly miraculous, or my friend undergoes some kind of transformative experience, this will not change.
But who is right? Are Coldplay shit?
Well, yes. They are.
But not as shit as Linkin Park.
This is the entire history of human religious debate in a nutshell.