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I do this a lot although I am not sure why I do. Does anyone else do this?
I suppose it could fit on the social board actually.
I'll move it over
'cause I've found that they rarely help me work out if I'd like them or not. After I've heard/own the record, I like reading the reviews to see if people like the same stuff about the music that I do/why they don't - and it helps me get my thoughts in order when someone more articulate than myself puts down their feelings about the record on paper.
Fair enough. I don't.
I find rateyourmusic reviews to be filled with people who don't really "get" (for lack of a better, less-pretentious term) the music they often review. "Professional Reviewers" seem to at least have sometimes a basic understanding of at least the genre they're covering a review, more often than not. When I want music reviews from non-professionals, I'll generally turn to other forums with people I interact with or people who seem to otherwise know their shit and not just reviewing a random album they downloaded.
whereupon you, the reader, are beckoned to engage your own critical faculties and decide which you most agree with
there's something slightly offensive (or at least, aesthetically awry) about the standalone review IMO
but it's not much lower
As you say there's such a variety of opinions that it's difficult to work out a good consensus. Which is of course why the ratings are so useful...just not the reviews.
but about 70% of the reviewers are bellends.
it gives me another perspective on the album. Sometimes they will express my feelings on an album in a way I couldn't put into words; sometimes it's nice to read a counterpoint, even if I disagree with its conclusions.
www.anydecentmusic.com is the bomb for this...
But always for records I like...I avoid reading positive reviews for albums I haven't connected with in case I'm just convincing myself to like something.