Music review ratings are often controversial and misunderstood, so I thought I’d make it clear and easy to understand which releases are worth listening to, and which are just a waste of phone storage and time.
On VerbalVixen.com, I score every album, single or EP out of 10 – one being the lowest and ten being the highest. Take a look at the breakdown of what all the music review scores mean.
Music Review Ratings
0/10: No release will ever score a zero. It’s too harsh. After all, the artist has been brave enough to put their work out into the big bad world, regardless if I think it’s trash.
1/10: Terrible. An ‘A’ for effort goes out to the artist for showing up.
2/10: This album fails to deliver. Possibly one single or some lyrics stand out but that’s about it.
3/10: Where do we begin with pointing out the flaws? This release is a mess and needs a reworking. For real.
4/10: One word comes to mind – struggle. This album falls flat on its butt and wouldn’t be recommended for anyone that’s not a super fan.
5/10: The pure definition of average. There’s nothing too bad or too great to mention about this album. It’s got mediocre written all over it. Meh.
6/10: Now we’re talking. This release could take the artist to the next level. The album might not be consistent all the way through, but there are more positives than negatives. Phew.
7/10: Great production, tracks and lyrics. This will be getting endless reloads. Even though it’s a great release it’s not necessarily a game changer. Some will think it deserves album of the year and others won’t. If anything, it will have a bunch of people debating because it’s doing something we never expected.
8/10: An outstanding album that’s exceptional in its genre. It has all the elements – great production, quality and plenty of standout tracks. Expect this to be all over the ‘best of the year’ lists.
9/10: Run and download this album now. It’s ground-breaking, fresh and bang on. You might have to make space in your G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) playlist. You’ll be playing it over and over again. Everyone needs to listen to this as it’s going to top every album of the year list.
10/10: It’s very unlikely that a new release will score this highly. An album has to be totally unique and like nothing ever heard before. 10/10s are reserved for a time in the future when you look back and acknowledge past greatness. It’s basically impossible.