Whenever I listen to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake or any of Amiina's releases, the question of "Why bother?" comes to mind. I cannot but compare my creations over the years to these artifacts of perfection and view myself as a failure. The output of these artists have achieved the sounds in which I have sought to create myself, yet the drive to create continues. A bane and a catharsis... damn you, ambivalence!
Couple of examples from the masters: