I am with Mark. Sharpness or perfection can be a gimmick in itself. AA produced perfect prints but from a purely emotional point of view his work is lacking.
Old lenses and swirly Bokeh are tools like any photographic tool they can be overused or used in the wrong way.
Some subjects cry out for swirly bokeh or the holga look and some subjects require a perfect print and neutral optics.

Dominik