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How To Write A Good Music Review
Member Name: Chloboshoka
How To Write A Good Music Review
Date: 26/11/12, updated on 26/11/12 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Hopefully something fun to read
Disadvantages: They're hard to do
These are five rules I generally keep to when I am reviewing a music album, I was going to do ten, but I couldn't be bothered and could only think of five. I've written a lot of music album reviews since I've joined both Ciao and Dooyoo so I thought it was about time I started to share my own advice on how to write a music review. These five commandments are inspired by a small playlist that I've listed at the bottom, but hopefully I will explain them very well.
1) YOU'RE GOING TO READ JUST WHAT YOU SAW!
This first commandment is basically talking about reading. It is a good idea to read reviews before you write so you can gather ideas and understand the criteria of what an average person is looking for. We are all consumers so the rating will be different to each individual member. If you want to know what Dooyoo want to see in a review, then check the guidelines. But if you want to know what an individual wants to see in a review, it is best to ask them. You never know you might see it in their comments and profile.
If you are planning to review an album, it is important that you listen to the album before. It is useful to read other reviews of the same album you listened to. It doesn't matter weather you agree or disagree with their opinion, but overtime you should start to see if there's anything that people are missing out on or even some good words to use in your review. Now that you've done this, you can make your review as unique as possible.
2) KEEP THE CUSTOMERS SATISFIED!
The whole idea on this one is to keep the readers satisfied and make sure they click of your review, knowing that they have decided weather the music is right for them or not. There are many ways to keep the "customers" satisfied when they are reading this. Good grammar and spelling is one of them because it makes your work look more serious. I have yet to master this. However, one thing that everybody can do is research. Tell us a little bit about the artist. Are they famous? Where are they from? What kind of music do they make? What do you think of it?
Remember that this is a review and not a essay or a tweet, so don't beat yourself about the length. If you think your review is too short or long. We'll usually tell you if we think it's too short or too long. Showing that you've done research on this by giving the extra detail shows that you are very serious writer that really wants to help.
3) DO WHAT U LIKE!
The reason why people read music reviews is because they want to know if the music is any good or not. Your reviews can be the crucial decision of weather a consumer decides the buy the album or not. Some people like short reviews, some like it long and some like it in a special format. There are many formats that you can chose from. There are no right or wrong format, but people do have their own opinion on what is good and what is bad about music reviews.
Some of these formats include Track by Track, Structured Essay, Informal or Paragraphs + Track list. All good music reviews will take some time to do. You do not have to mention every track in an album, but can if you wish. The most important thing is to chose a format that's right for you. In my time of writing music reviews, I have gone through various formats and usually go with the flow.
4) SHOUT! SHOUT! LET IT ALL OUT!
This part is all about expressing yourself. You have to be honest when you're writing a music review. Even if you hate Justin Beiber, and you thought some of his songs were very good, you still have to say that. If you think Adele's music is the greatest gift from God, express it in your review for one of Adele's albums. If you think the album you are listening to is absolutely dreadful on all accounts, then say so.
5) GET THE BALANCE RIGHT!
It's nice to have a lot of information, such as tracklists, lyrics and a biography, but the most important thing is an opinion. If there isn't at least 150 words of pure opinion, then you might be in trouble. The high standards on this websites has rubbed off on our members and some of us will expect a lot higher than 150 words of pure opinion. Because opinion is the most important part of any review. If readers can't find an opinion in your review, then they can't be as optimistic as they could be cause everything counts in large amounts.
1. Perfect Day - Lou Reed
2. Keep The Customer Satisfied - Simon & Garfunkel
3. Do What U Like - Take That
4. Shout - Tears For Fears
5. Get The Balance Right - Depeche Mode
Summary: Hope I helped.