Yes, totally agree, if you mean playing actual music along with a click track.
The idea that a metronome is the ideal of rhythm is plain silly I think. Human rhythms are far more variable like that. After all - when did you last come into a room with a metronome clicking away and say "what a wonderful sense of rhythm that metronome has"
. Just doesn't happen, metronomes don't sound especially rhythmical in any wonderful way to us.
See for instance the tempo plots here: http://musicmachinery.com/2010/02/08...e-click-track/
You can almost always tell if the music is played to a click track from the tempo plot. I mean - if you want to play to a click track, fine, if that's the sort of music you want to make. But the idea that it is the ideal form of music, that that's what everyone should aim for, that's what is just plain silly I think
But - burying the click as a metronome exercise is something else altogether. It depends how you use it.
Again most players just play their music along with the metronome. But if you follow the methods taught by Mac Santiago and Andrew Lewis and explained in their books, you do very little actual playing of the your music with a metronome.
Most of the time you are just working with the metronome in a separate exercise. You may set it to go silent for longer and longer time periods as well. The aim of the exercises is to strengthen your own inner pulse and sense of rhythm, and bring more precision to your timing and help with sensitivity to musical time. The aim isn't to play like a metronome.
See the Metronome Technique section of the wikipedia article on the metronome
for more about this.
If you can bury the click, then that's like an artist who can draw a perfect straight line or circle. It doesn't mean you have to only draw straight lines or circles.
So - I think it's the same in music.
You could never play your music with a metronome or click track at all, and still use these exercises. Or only play sections of your music with a metronome, or only do it occasionally.
It's well worth revisiting metronome technique if you have tried playing your music to a click track or metronome and decided it wasn't for you. It's a very different way of working with a metronome and you may well find it helpful.
Of course some musicians have such a natural and wonderful sense of time and rhythm that they never need to work with a metronome at all, or have other ways of working with timing and tempo issues that work just fine for them so they don't need the help of the metronome.
But for many musicians it can be a helpful thing to do, and if you ever have timing and tempo glitches, or just a tempo that's rather unsteady (that's not the same thing as a naturally changing and fluid tempo) or issues of rushing and dragging, or anything like that - and if you find them hard to fix and are not sure what to do about them, it can help with that.
Can also help with sensitivity to nuances of timing and tempo in your playing as well.