To be fair to the Guardian they reflected the recent Prom which featured Strauss's 'Four Last Songs' pretty well. A beautiful Prom overall but with some horrendous brown moments in the songs themselves. So much of this is subjective, which leads me to a comment I spotted on Amazon yesterday.
The new ECM Album by Dans Les Arbres was reviewed by someone who complained that this disc of improvised music did not feature any songs. This was a problem, according to the reviewer, because CDs are expensive. No amount of banging my head on the table makes opinions like this more reasonable.