Scoring albums down to a decimal might seem a tad over the top. Indeed music is a very, if not the most, subjective branch of all the arts. Because of this, it only stands to reason that music reviews can never shrug off the subjective nature of the writer.

To try and address this problem, music has the right has a standardized method of scoring the records which goes as follows:

– each song is scored on a rating of 1 to 10, 1 being absolutely terrible and 10 being a great, memorable song.

– the album flow and general quality as a whole is also given a 1 to 10 score.

– in addition there might be a score adjustment of a maximum of 0.5 points. This is down exclusively to the reviewer’s personal impression.

The average of all these scores give the final review score. Decimals are merely a way of pointing out if a an album is a very strong 7.9 or a very week 8.1. The scoresĀ  should be interpreted as follows:

10 – An album that, in short, is a timeless masterpiece. It either redefines or perfects the sound of a particular time period. It’s greatness is recognized almost universally and it is regarded as a landmark in musical history.

9.0-9.9 – A great album and a must listen for anyone with even the slightest interest in music. The production, creativity, songwriting and arrangements are of the highest quality. Any album in this score range is a very important step in it’s genre and highly treasured by fans.

8.0-8.9 – A very good album. A record in this score range is an enjoyable listen for almost anyone. It may suffer from a lack of originality, a slight amount of filler or some other problem that keeps it from being regarded higher, but it is a strong piece of music nonetheless.

7.0-7.9 A good album. This is the last tier of albums that music has the right freely recommends to anyone with any interest in them. Despite it’s drawbacks an album in this score range deserves a listen and will satisfy fans of the genre.

6.0-6.9 An average album. This is your run of the mill record. Not enough quality to be good, but just enough to keep it from falling lower down the charts. A record in this score range may have a couple of good moments in it, but overall it’s only average.

5.0-5.9 A mediocre album. From here on out the ratings enter the bad half. A mediocre album is one that while not upsetting you in any way, doesn’t bring you any joy either. An album in this score range should only be listened to by die hard fans of the genre.

4.0-4.9 A bad album. The quality is just not there, it may have the odd good song, but overall it isn’t worth the hassle in the slightest. Even die hard fans may find it less than desirable.

3.0-3.9 A very bad album. Even die hard fans shouldn’t get near an album in this score range. It’s simply a very poor attempt at music and should be entirely ignored.

2.0-2.9 A terrible album. A band that manages to make this kind of record should get their ears checked and try to find a better and more productive way of wasting their time.

1.0-1.9 An insult to anyone. A repulsive piece of garbage that cannot be called music.

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