the bell curve scale for music reviews
Cribbed from an email discussion some of my friends and I were having regarding the new Clipse album1 - my rating scale for albums:
- no redeeming qualities whatsoever
- so bad, that it might even be good2
- terrible, actively badmouth the album every time music is discussed
- disdainful, bag on the band at the bar
- not worth the trouble to rip the CD
- perfectly average
- I might buy this in the bargain bin
- pretty catchy, recommend to your friends
- really good, evangelize to strangers
- pop culture phenomenon
- will go down as a legendary work of art
On the basis of this scale, it should be nearly impossible for any album to get a 0 or a 10. Perfection can never be achieved, in either direction. Albums that come close to a 10, at least for me, include Donny Hathaway's "Everything Is Everything" and The Beatles' "Abbey Road." The majority of all albums should clock in between 4 and 6, and the majority of albums you actually own should clock in somewhere between 6 and 8.
1 I can't give the Clipse album much more than a 6. Probably more like a 5.5.
2 The KTRU circle of quality/DJ Trainwreck3 phenomenon
3 There's no reason you should know who DJ Trainwreck is.