Welcome to So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n Roll Critic, a ten-part instructional feature that will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to become a real life music reviewer. As a matter of process, I've taken these lessons from exhaustive research into printed music reviews in Entertainment Weekly , Q , The New Yorker , Musician , Rolling Stone , and Spin . Additionally, I've looked into the uberhip perspective of Pitchfork.com . I also r ead many pieces by the godfather of music reviewing, Lester Bangs. And finally , I have not shied away from an examination of my own work here on 3 Minutes, 49 Seconds . * * * Lesson 6: History Never Repeats If this were a how-to manual for musicians instead of music critics, this lesson would be about quitting when you're ahead. I would tell you that the minute you create an album that is simultaneously loved by critics and purchased by millions of people you should retire. If that happens to be your first album, even better.