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Does anyone here write music reviews, and can you give pointers?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jamerman, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Jamerman


    Apr 8, 2013
    I thought I'd give reviewing a few new albums I got a shot, so do you people have any pointers before I try?
  2. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    1. Is there cover art? If not you can not review it.
    2. Has it been mastered? If not you legally can not review it.
    3. Is the recording studio or live? This determines what kind of headphones to use.
    4. Is the artist signed or independent release? This determines whether you start at track on or go straight random
    5. Is there liner notes if so you must read all of them first.
    6. Is the album digital? If so you should be ok.

    Have fun!
  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Use the word "pretentious" a lot.

    Reference a lot of known artists, so you can say it "is like" someone or something.

    Make sure the review is more about telling us how clever and knowledgable you are than actually being informative.

    Oh wait; that's review advice for people who write for Rolling Stone.
  4. Jamerman


    Apr 8, 2013
    Or kerrang on most occasions
  5. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    try this :)

    "it's a think-piece...


    about a mid-level band...

    struggling with their own limitations...

    in the, you know, harsh face of stardom."
  6. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Read reviews on Pitchfork

    Then do the complete opposite of what they do. Please.