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Post Re: What makes a good review?
^Sure, there's all fair enough. I wasn't meaning to imply that a review shouldn't give any info, just that you don't need to give quite so much background info as the reader can find that out more easily themselves.

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I can remember reading a review of something that consisted entirely of "Ahahahahahaha", and then a mark of zero, but I can't remember what it was or where.

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Post Re: What makes a good review?
Very often it's just slipping in a phrase like "the Dutch trio's eleventh album". Basic factual info, but instantly you know what you're dealing with.

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These days a "good review" just constitutes one that doesn't make me think "What fucking planet are they on? I hope they didn't get paid for this."

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Post Re: What makes a good review?
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The Wire's kinda hard o the eye, don't you find, Clint? All stark and uninviting. I find that very off-putting. It sounds like a small thing to be griping aboit, but I like my music press to have an imaginative bent. Not all clinical and unfeeling like that. It makes it feel too arty and horn-rimmed glasses-y I think.


I agree, I going through it with an intention of buying when Tegs was beginning its descent, the layout of the reviews is awful. I do also find it affected, not as much as Plan B was, although that was nicely laid out. I like what I've read of Rocka Rolla, there was an excellent interview with Trey Spruance where they discussed his ideology/ideologies in depth. The layout of that is AIDS as well.


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there was an excellent interview with Trey Spruance where they discussed his ideology/ideologies in depth.

When I heard about what his ideas and theories are I couldn't believe I hadn't heard more about it. Especially considering he's very much on my radar. How come Tez never did a huge special on him?

I prefer Rocka Rolla's layout to The Wire myself but yes, it's pretty bad as well.


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Becuase he isn't a shitty retro NWOBHM band.


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Post Re: What makes a good review?
I remember reading that Mithras review at the time and I convinced a friend to buy the album so I could hear it first...their follow-up album was better. But anyway, going back to that review - I didn't remember it being written so rubbish.

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I can remember reading a review of something that consisted entirely of "Ahahahahahaha", and then a mark of zero, but I can't remember what it was or where.

Insert "cool story bro" meme here.

The best reviews in Terrorizer were two: the Lamb of God DVD that was written as a conversation between Jameses Hoare and Minton ("I wonder if they made a 'shirtless edition'" - "I don't remember any piece of music that was ever improved by usage of the word 'motherfucker'"), and the review of some piece of shit that finished with the mark out of ten being [the same mark you'd give anything that had pictures of flying Jawas on the cover].

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"I don't remember any piece of music that was ever improved by usage of the word 'motherfucker'"

Stagger Lee by Nick Cave.

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I didn't remember it being written so rubbish.


Irony.


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Post Re: What makes a good review?
[quote="Ed Blackadder" [the same mark you'd give anything that had pictures of flying Jawas on the cover].[/quote]

10/10 then


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Post Re: What makes a good review?
The flying jawas mark was Avi. Dunno what the album was, some frightful piece of Euro pomp goth probably.

Trey Spruance's music is nearly as excellent as his name ('Book Of Horizons' is one of the best albums of the 2000s for me) and his theorising is fantastically bizarre.

RockaRolla I'd like to read more of but it's difficult to find around here.

The Wire's layout: well maybe, I guess, but the layout isn't to do with the quality or otherwise of the reviewing; the only conceivable way it could affect them is if it involved printing the words on horribly clashing backgrounds so that they couldn't be read. Which isn't a problem the Wire has: their backgrounds are stark white.


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The mark should be in context and I'm glad T have gone to a flat 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 scoring system (no halfmarks).


The mark also needs to be a fist.


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steevXIII wrote:
The mark should be in context and I'm glad T have gone to a flat 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 scoring system (no halfmarks).


The mark also needs to be a fist.

Yes. Yes, it does.


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Post Re: What makes a good review?
Yes. yes it does.

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Post Re: What makes a good review?
as does the Michelin rating system.

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Fists are shit. Radiation warning symbols or nothing.

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Nothing, ideally.

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