Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > Community Center > Announcements, Suggestions, & Feedback
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

View Poll Results: How do you like album reviews?
How do I want them? What is this an MFA progam? Just say it. 3 50.00%
I like to be engaged, I want you to work for it. 2 33.33%
I could care less/I don't really read the reviews here 1 16.67%
I prefer pictures. 0 0%
Voters: 6. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2010, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
killedmyraindog
 
TheBig3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 9,252
Default Album Reviews: Your Take

In interested in doing another discography, but I'm a little disappointed that most reviews, beyond this site as well, are all done in the same manner.

1. Lay out the review
2. Give a little history maybe
3. Concerns about the record
4. Close with something that ties it all in and leaves the reader wanting more.

So when you guys are reading album reviews, are you looking for something a little more engaging than the traditional big media spin-off, or do you want just the facts?
TheBig3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2010, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
Barely Disheveled Zombie
 
Zarko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,194
Default

A review is virtually an opinion piece. Easy enough to give that (Positive and negative), plus a little background on what lead to that result for the band, as well as a chance for the reader to form their own opinion (ie youtube that ****).

I don't get how you could make it more engaging really. The techincal side of things can get a bit muddled up, especially if its a long review though.
Zarko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 05:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,826
Default

I don't really think about doing reviews any differently when I try to and, as Zarko says, there aren't really many more things you can put into with them than the four points you've brought up anyway. Originality isn't really part of the picture for me. If something's well-informed enough with a bit of a personal spin on things (ie what the said album means to the reviewer and why, or at least something along those lines), that's all I'll look for in an album review myself.
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 05:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
we are stardust
 
Astronomer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 2,863
Default

The reason why reviews are usually set out like that is because that's the format that works for most readers, generally. In my personal opinion I don't think people need to go to a huge effort to make the review some postmodern piece of writing deconstructing all the conventions... I think the way most of the reviews are done are fine.

One thing I'd like to add though is that most people don't have a very big attention span at all and it's sad but true but most shorter pieces of writing get more attention than lengthy ones.
__________________
Astronomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
killedmyraindog
 
TheBig3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 9,252
Default

Noted.

Thanks everyone.
TheBig3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 02:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
Fish in the percolator!
 
Seltzer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hobbit Land NZ
Posts: 2,867
Default

When reading a review, I'm not too concerned about the factual density or level of language used, provided it's not overly ostentatious. What matters to me is that the writer has presented their opinion and judgement on various aspects of the album; it's better still if they can draw comparisons across the board and relate it to the bigger picture. That's not to say I wouldn't be impressed to see a review in sonnet form.

And yes, short reviews tend to garner more attention (and allow you to be more prolific!). I've learned this the hard way as I feel some of my sprawling King Crimson track-by-tracks suffer from overprolixity, but the first non-track-by-track I wrote was the Bowie - Low review which was published in the campus magazine and very well-received.

I wish I had more time to spend writing reviews (ok that's mostly because I'm lazy). Anyway I look forward to reading some more of your reviews Brennan.
__________________
Seltzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 04:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,826
Default

Another really important thing to bear in mind when you're doing reviews is to not get disheartened when you don't get a lot of replies, if any. As long as there's evidence that people have read what you've written, it's job done in my eyes.
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 05:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
Fish in the percolator!
 
Seltzer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hobbit Land NZ
Posts: 2,867
Default

Mmm I read many more reviews than my response rate would suggest.
__________________
Seltzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 07:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
we are stardust
 
Astronomer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 2,863
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Seltzer View Post
Mmm I read many more reviews than my response rate would suggest.
Same here. I really appreciate loads of reviews on here but don't feel adequate enough to respond mostly.
__________________
Astronomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2010, 07:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
Juicious Maximus III
 
tore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Scabb Island
Posts: 5,935
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
Same here. I really appreciate loads of reviews on here but don't feel adequate enough to respond mostly.
This goes for me as well .. I read a lot more reviews than I respond to!

I too don't feel that album reviews have to be written in unconventional ways for me to think they are interesting to read. What I like in album reviews the most I guess is background, something interesting about the artist and about the album. Opinions on individual songs, although this is something I tend to do in my own reviews, is only interesting to a few so I try to keep that section easily separated from the rest of the text basically so that people can skip it unless particularly interested.
__________________
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
tore is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



2003-2019 Advameg, Inc.

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.