The problem isn't the opinion...it's the soliciting of the opinion. It's often based on unfinished tracks...
The potentially applicable phrase I've heard through the years is: "Never show an idiot an unfinished product".
not always possible.
inevitably the manager, the A&R weasel, the girlfriend, the art director, the drummer (
), will want to hear the work in progress and it cannot always be avoided
when I was a CBS staff producer I once was resisting giving out rough mixes to the art department.
The art director said "But we can't do the cover until we've heard the musc!"
to which I replied "well then I don't know what we can do because t I can't mix the record until I've seen the cover"
this got a laugh at the meeting, but did not
win me friends.