Personally, I'm not of the opinion that there is no objective value to be judged in music, or art in general. For sure there are some things which transcend personal taste, and can be recognized as giving a piece of music validity and quality. Things such as, how the composer is aware of the instruments they use, and how those can function together; how they are searching to give the listener something unique and not just a rehashing of popular elements already proven to work; their dedication to make the sound coherent, full, constantly interesting, and many others, are things that really can be argued and discerned as giving one piece of music more artistic value than another. Yet, even among those elements that can be clearly discerned as competent songwriting, some of them will pop up faster to one person's ear than another. Either one or the other, when it shows up, will make me, or you, or someone else go, "Wow, now this is getting real. I need more!" So, usually when I like a place or a group for music discussion, I like to ask people what elements are those for them. Basically, which ones jump on your ear first and grab your interest when listening to a new artist or record? To me, it is the texture of the music. Something a bit hard to explain, but just how the different timbers coming together create both a sense of space and fullness, and the way they interact shows up a really tactile quality. When I feel this type of connection, I honestly forget about genre, or if the lyrics and the universe of the song are something I can relate to or not. It just sets me in the zone right away, and most of the time I spend looking for new things to listen, this is what I'm hunting down. What about you?