Rob, I think we are talking from different angles here. I have nothing against blown/bleached highlights per se. It is their position in (the very corner) that bothers me, given that the brightest parts of an image are the first to attract, and sometimes hold, the attention. Couple that with the position and angle of the arm, seemingly pointing out of the picture, and you will understand why my attention very quickly ends up in that corner and stays there longer than necessary, not knowing where else to go but out.
Speaking about "murkiness," I might suggest, after taming the highlights on the hand, to now brighten, if ever so slightly, the arm (or bring it back to its original state).