Explaining Our Ratings
At the end of our review our correspondents will give the work an overall star rating. These are based on a number of subjective and objective parameters. We could explain some of them, but we aren’t going to. To give you a flavour, in the case of an artist issuing their first release, the reviewer will probably focus on originality, impact on the genre and/or potential. Where we’re dealing with a more established artist the rating might be based on expectations, use of talent and a willingness to push their creative boundaries in comparison to other work. We’ll also add in our advice on the key tracks as we see them for you to listen to and/or download for those of you with short attention spans or limited income.
1 Star - Blank
Don't waste your or anyone else's time on it.
2 Stars - Bear
One or two tracks are move the toes of the wrong foot, but overall still outstays it's welcome. For fans/completists/masochists only.
3 Stars - Borrow
Further investigation may be required. You may have to lay down some of your prejudices.
4 Stars - Burn
Needs to be part of your world, but not worthy of classic status.
5 Stars - Buy
Should come between you and your money.