No, I am not bothered by what people say. Fans are—by definition—fanatical. It’s not their job to see through the hype. That’s my job. And if they want to take their frustrations out on me because I said something that didn’t sit well with them about their favourite artist, then I understand that. …I’ve had people pick at my weight, my appearance, I’ve had people tell me they will throw bricks through the windows and set my house on fire. And the fact is none of this will ever happen.
People get upset. People don’t like being told they have bad taste. They strike out. They accuse me of getting personal, but if they have that much of themselves invested in the music then they’re the ones that have made it personal from the get-go. This is what happens with music and arts-related experiences and products. I invest a lot of myself and my time in music and arts too. I love far more music than a daily blog can ever explain. And yet I’m very lucky to have that platform, that forum to at least have a go at expressing some of it. But I don’t want it to be the only thing I do—express love for music. If you love everything then that creates very little actual value, if everything is five stars then it might actually all just be three stars too.
Personally, while I don't like everything he says, I on the whole enjoy Sweetman's stuff and On Song (though I'm gutted it seems to have disappeared somewhere while moving house). He knows his stuff, and if prepared to damn an artist for one album and then give a rave review the next, which is pretty much all you can ask for in a reviewer (as opposed to that infamous NME reviewer who had a pathological hate of Neil after his artsy uni flatmates played Woodface to death).
[EDIT: OK, reading some other reviews, the second comment may not be true, as he's been accused of making up his mind before going to some gigs. Never mind]
Speaking of the review, international people will be happy to know that Finn is on Spotify (I have a copy on CD but it's in a box in my parents' house on the other side of the world.)