John Tullidge's pedantic and sometimes scathing musical criticisms may seem out of place in pioneer Utah. Although music had played a role in the early Latter-day Saint community, its purpose was mainly for enjoyment. Tullidge, on the other hand, called for excellence in both selection and performance. His first review, written only days after he had crossed the plains with the pioneers, was met with varying response from the public. Tullidge's critiques, however, were unique, and he was a singular character in the history of music criticism in early pioneer Utah.