Here at ThePerfectAlbum, we try to distinguish ourself from other album reviews blogs and websites. We don’t give into hype, and our opinions are not swayed based solely on the radio-rotation or popularity of the album’s lead single. We simply call them as we see them. So here’s a little info about our rating scheme.
We listen to and review albums as a whole, judging them on a 5 star basis. Every song is taken into account; therefore, if a given track is not mentioned in a review, you can rest easy knowing that the reviewer took it into consideration along with other objective criteria, such as lyrics, song selection, energy, and quality of production.
Any album that even makes it to the shelves and has at least one song secures 1 star (E for effort), but after that, the aforementioned criteria come into play. Any album exceedingly lacking in a single area gets two-stars, meaning that all of these factors need to be balanced equally. 1 star and 2 star albums will be forgotten almost as soon as they hit the shelves. 3 star albums are simply average; nothing stands out. They do everything necessary, but not much more. In a year or two, they will be forgotten, but you may enjoy a cut or two off of these LPs. 4 star albums do everything right and more, but lack that special “it” factor reserved solely for five-star albums.
5 star albums don’t come around very often; being at the top of our rating system, they can’t. A five-star album is the best available in its genre. The lyrics are original, the instrumentation is varied, and the audio production is professional. Nearly every song on the album is outstanding, and each sounds different from the next. A five-star album is innovative, and fresh, and can easily win album of the year in its given genre. Any album that gets five stars is perfect, and that’s what we’re searching for here at ThePerfectAlbum.
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