Here’s some two cents on feedback for giving feedback.
I frequently made the same experience when I was active a decade ago. When I uploaded my tunes I was given positive feedback almost without exception. Nonetheless the correlation between play time on my tunes and what the reviews reflected felt off which left a weird aftertaste to it. Made me ponder a little…
I didn’t really care all too much about positive reviews when my tracks couldn’t make people re-visit, bookmark or talk about my tunes and I think that a lot of producers share this perspective to at least some extent. In hindsight I gotta say that over almost 15 years I have encountered less than 3 people who gave me their honest estimation on why a track wouldn’t stick to a given audience and their reviews were, say, less like the reviews the rest gave me. They were rather direct, sometimes harsh, but underneath they - much more than the rest - have not only recognized where I wanted to go with my productions, they also spent a considerable amount of energy to help me improve. Something I damn right wanted. They also didn’t bat an eye on how it made me feel receiving harsh critique, and by that they held me accountable to a much higher standard than I performed on.
I tend to think that there’s a considerable amount of producers out there that look for confirmation on what they create, which, when received, feels kind a nice, I guess. But it leads down a path of odd dissatisfaction if you end up in a feel-good bubble with a fairly delayed wake-up call.
Good critique should hold somebody accountable to a high standard, assuming that the one behind a given opus wants to learn and improve and not just earn some sort of flattery in a good-boy kind a fashion.
Not to devalue nice words or positivity and certainly not common sense, but many scenes and platforms appear very skewed towards being protective of somebody else’s feelings over their creations. I suppose this cannot lead past mediocrity and I would much rather see the scene of any given sub-genre grow to some respectable quality in productions.