This is Notes On Notes, the official music review blog of Chris Kopcow, music journalist. Thank you for reading. I hope you are okay.
1 – Truly awful. Truth is, this is given rather rarely and is only reserved for those infamous albums that break new lows. Usually can be played for laughs like bad movies.
2 – Bad. A few good songs can find their way on these albums, but overall it’s not a real worthwhile listen for anyone besides die-hard fans of an artist.
3 – Fair. An album fairly split between good and bad, or an album that is consistently mediocre. Worth listening to if a fan of the artist or the genre, but for someone looking to start with this album, you are better off looking elsewhere.
4 – Great. A very good album, inherently strong throughout, with few weak spots.
5 – Classic. By its very definition, there can be no such thing as a perfect album. But if you were going to pick something that was close, any of these would do. These are all classics in whatever genre the album happens to fall under, and this award isn’t given out too often for obvious reasons.*
Half-Point Increments are also given. For example, a 3.5 rating would designate a “good” album because it falls in between “fair” and “great.”
*5s are never given upon initial review—how can you see if something stands the test of time when it originally comes out? 4.5 is the highest rating a newly released album can be awarded. 5s are only given upon reappraisal of albums at least 5-8 years old or so.
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