Ordinary language is all right.
One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.
If everyone reviews an artist's new records by saying that they are returns to form, the best record since such and such past arbitrary zenith, then to truly assert that the artist's new record really is a return to form, and that you're not just saying so because that's what everyone always says, it's not enough just to say that everyone always says it. But then what else do you say?
'Why do you think your music appeals to American Indians?'
'I would hope that it appeals to everybody.'
'I know suburban people who can't stand it.'
'Well, I wish there were more I could do about that.'
I still think Dylan is saying (something like) 'choostinate' and am in no hurry to gain a clearer understanding on this particular point.
Deerhunter records are better when the words are indecipherable. I mean this as praise.
O for a record review without a narrative in it.
If there is something that could be called purely musical, I usually feel like Simon Reynolds ignores it as it suits him.
'how perfect the entire system of things'
There are kinds of music that you can only do if you can say 'baby' the right way.