The trouble with a classicist he looks at the sky
He doesn’t ask why, he just paints a sky—John Cale and Lou Reed, “Trouble with Classicists,” from Songs for Drella
Left brain/right brain, yin/yang, male/female, Apollonian/Dionysian, classical/romantic, painterly/linear, dark/light, hard/soft, warm/cool…I use these contrasting adjectives in my reviews because I feel some confidence in their ability to convey the nature of what I experience while listening to recordings with whatever new audio box sits before me in the listening studio.
I also use: accurate (I hate that word), neutral (what’s that?), colored, clean, transparent, open, musical. Sadly, I have little confidence in their ability to describe my experiences.