How to write Good Critiquebrainz Reviews

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CritiqueBrainz is a repository for Creative Commons licensed music reviews where you can read what other people have written about an album or event and write your own review! Writing a review is an easy task but writing a good one is little difficult. This article covers the points regarding how to write a good music review on CritiqueBrainz.

Elements of an Album Review

Before you start

  • Read some good reviews!
    You can find lots of great reviews on CritiqueBrainz, or search the web.
  • Write in a comfortable voice.
    A good review probably won't sound like an academic paper, and probably won't sound like a youtube comment, but it should sound like you.
    Reviews don't need to be in English. If you're more comfortable in another language, go for it. Choose a language which expresses your emotions rather than facts.

Writing a well formatted review

The editor in the review column follows Markdown so you can always beautify your review using the formatting styles because a well formatted article/review makes it readable and it becomes a little easy to understand what you have written. You can use the following link to learn markdown.

What Should You keep in Mind While Writing the review

You should always keep in mind about the person who has not heard the music/song and he wants to listen it but before that he wants to know more about it like it's genre etc.

Writing the review

The reader's mind is full of questions try that your review answers some or all of them.

Album Reviews

  • You can write a little, very short info about the song/album like it's singers, genre release date in the beginning of your review.
  • What did you like in the song? Which moment you loved the most ? The song or it's tune reminded you of which incident?
  • We're the lyrics good? We're they meaningful or did they mean nothing? We're the lyrics poetic? or Did the lyrics suited the tune?
  • What things you disliked in the song? Were there some awkward moments or moments where you felt the singer is going of off the note?
  • Which type of people will like the song? People of which music taste will love it and the music will touch their hearts?
  • How was the singer's vocals? Were they distinct and strong? or Were they nasally?
  • Did the recording was proper? or were there any problem?
  • You can also write about the artist too , that how was his work? What type of genre is he popular? Did he went something out of the way of his genre ? or he did it the same?
  • Do the songs fit together to form a "whole"? If so then how?

Live performance (event) reviews

  • What was the "size" of the show? Where was the event? Who was the artist?
  • What was the style and energy level? Ballads? Dance-able pop? Head-banging and a mosh pit? Challenging contemporary "classical"?
  • Was there any notable interaction between the artist(s) and the audience?
  • Were the songs mostly new material? Old favorites? Were there any interesting covers or guest appearances?
  • Were there any surprising choices made? New arrangements of familiar tunes? Unreleased material performed for the first time? A wide range of styles performed?
  • Did the artist(s) seem comfortable and relaxed? Energized by the crowd's reaction? Maybe they were having an "off" night, or seemed to be "phoning it in"?
  • Overall, how was the show received by the audience?

Summing Up the review as a Whole

  • At last , You can sum up your review by writing that did the release match up to your expectations by the artist? Was he/she well in the release keeping in mind to their previous works? Would you like to look further for more releases in the particular genre by the artist?If yes/no then why?

Common Mistakes people do while writing reviews

  • Being biased in your review rather than being objectively critical or praising.
  • Writing long reviews that lack specific details.
  • Writing either entirely positive or super negative reviews.
  • Forgetting to check the factual information in the review after finishing the writing process.
  • No proofreading the review after finishing it.

External links

A few great review sites