I have this theory.
Lately John Earls seems to have gone mad no? He's giving terrible bands credence and great reviews.
Planet Sound has recently added a new pop news section, instead of the old integrated news, and its content seems to be increasingly mainstream-orientated.
Thus I think someone somewhere is putting pressure on Earls to give profitally viable bands good reviews. It's my only answer.
I used to trust him, but now....