You say they require "a different type of listening". Attentive listening? Non-attentive? While driving? Falling asleep? While working? In a dark room? On speakers? Headphones? In a club? Taking a walk in the park? From what kind of listening standpoint should I offer criticism?
Let's step back a bit. When I said that some of Autechre's newest material -- that is, elseq and NTS -- can be self indulgent, I mean that some of it is long for the sake of wanting to have a lot of material, or to make a track seem more epic in scope, when I consider the content of their previous 10+ minute long tracks. This is as it seems to me, and it should be noted here that whether Sean and Rob actually put a lot of time and effort into all end but just kind of blagged out Gantz Graf in an hour, or vice versa, is immaterial.
If a track makes me grow impatient, then why am I not to include that in a criticism of it? Again, from what standpoint can I offer criticism? What aspects of a piece of music shall I make note of, and what shall I let pass? Or does this place for allowing a piece of art to be what it is, exclude criticism entirely? Why do I have to place it there? Is, "I really loved the sound design and rhythm of this track but the latter bit went on too long," not a valid criticism? Here, I can only speak for what I like and dislike. These are the aspects I enjoyed, and these are the aspects I did not.
all end was great when it was part of bladelores, and also when it was a part of splesh. In the form where it takes up an entire CD, I see nothing but a gimmick.