for me an important function of music critics is the selection of music i might like.
you look for critics which have (in some fields) a similar taste as your own and you read about what music they like and dont like.
Reynolds' taste and mine overlap a great deal. So when he writes about how he likes funky, and which tunes he likes, this is relevant to me (and i think to most who read his blog)
yeah this is fair enough - but it helps explain my views as well, why i feel some of his writing is irrelevant to my own understanding of these music scenes (which is not saying he is irrelevant, it's a personal thing). basically ever since reynolds told blackdown in 2005 that he thought the tune of the year was kano's 'reload it' i realised i wasn't as interested in his blog as i was in others.. each to their own and all.
sorry if i was flip anyone, it's only the internet, it's not real you know.