5/5 nearly consistently excellent with only minor weaknesses

4/5 excellent but less consistent and some weak tracks

3/5 good but not great

2/5 more weaknesses than strengths but worth keeping around

1/5 yo! bum rush tha show...

most ratings are +/- 1 point. i'm not a music critic, and my ratings reflect my own personal tastes (and my mood)...i try to rate only items that i own (or have owned) and heard at least a few times. i try to avoid rating releases in genres that i specifically do not like (even if i own some releases); what's the point in giving every trance or death metal release a "1" rating (assuming you're like me and do not care for trance or death metal)?

My current work plan involves adding "This release doesn't have any comments!?!? Absolutely mind boggling! This brilliant release deserves comments!" to every listing on Discogs for which there is currently no comment. I just can't stand the thought of those listings hanging out there all naked. They deserve better!

I'll follow up by pointing out that more people claim to own a particular release than were actually manufactured. "22 people claim to own this, but only 20 were pressed?!?! What the hell is going on here?!?!"

Can anyone explain to me why people think Discogs is a direct line to every artist and label? Why else would people constantly post reviews that only say "please please please repress!"? It's about as useful as going to a physical record store and putting a "please repress" note in the records for sale. It might not be "5G spreads viral diseases" stupid, but it's still very, very stupid.

Robert Christgau endures because while he has no idea what he's talking about his sleight of hand brevity has just enough wit in it to fool you into thinking he might just be right no matter how hard he fudges the details or slouches a solid five feet from the well marked x on the stage.

Growing up doesn't mean you stop doing disgusting things, it just means you start cleaning up after yourself.

God damn if that Mentos commercial jingle isn't catchy as hell.

When the candy jar contains naught but wayward Starburst it's time to question your priorities and get to the sugar shack, stat.

Here's a list of bands/artists that I have never appreciated, to my chagrin and delight:

Tool (except for that one song transposed into a major key...that was ace)
Blink-182 (How do people who like this live with themselves? Trick question, they live with their parents.)
Green Day (I'm sure they'll get better once Billie goes through puberty.)
The Moody Blues
Dream Theater
The Prodigy
Robyn
Lady Gaga
The Dead Milkmen (I guess "Big Lizard in my Back Yard" wasn't the worst thing I've ever heard...)
Bloodhound Gang (Makes me want to plug my ears with shards of shattered Dead Milkmen records...)
Alice in Chains
Soundgarden
Pearl Jam
Babes in Toyland
L7
Spearhead
Bad Religion
The Bangles
Squeeze

Artists I Used to Love and May Love Again Someday:

Animal Collective
Björk

my collection isn't for sale.

if you're offering an exorbitant sum, it never hurts to ask...

The greatest myth in music criticism is that one's reaction to a piece of music represents features that exist within the music itself. We might share tastes, we might share opinions, but every recording is, for every individual, a unique experience. A reaction to a piece of music can be uninformed but it cannot be right or wrong. We can agree that we both hear a major seventh chord while we disagree about whether or not we like it. We all bring our own expectations and past experiences to each piece of music we choose to hear. I try to remind myself of these facts every time I read/write a review on Discogs.

Are you a terrible reviewer? Is that record really pretentious? What do you mean when you say a record is pretentious? Or will appeal only to pretentious people? Are you pretentious? What does it mean to call a record self-indulgent? Did the artist make the record they wanted to make? Did they make the record you wanted them to make? When you call something or someone a "hipster," what you really mean is "that person or the person who listens to that music thinks they are better than me." If you were secure in your opinions and preferences, you would never think to call anyone or any music "hipster." No doubt there are some people who prop up their egos with art. You might be one of them.

I like what I like because it appeals to me. I say, better not listen to me. But I greatly appreciate a well considered review that might make me aware of something good that I've never heard. So I hope that any review I write might also fulfill this priceless function. I've found a lot of great music just by reading what strangers think about music on Discogs. Stranger, let me shake your hand.

Most overused term on Discogs: "underrated." I would argue that anything and everything that has been rated is rated just as it should be. Calling something "underrated" seems like at attempt to 1) simply offer praise, however obliquely and 2) pat oneself on the back for having such uncommonly good taste.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Hornpipe, Music for Royal Fireworks
Popcorn
Tubular Bells
Pictures at an Exhibition (Tomita)
Carry on my wayward son
Elvis
Elton John
Close Encounters
Theme from SWAT/We Are the Champions
KISS Alive II
Simon & Garfunkel
Beatles

Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning 3AM
Elvis - Gold
Elton John - Greatest Hits
Queen - News of the World
KISS - Alive II
The Cars - Candy O
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
Ozzy - Blizzard of Ozz
UFO - Mechanix
Rush - Moving Pictures
Def Leppard - High N Dry
Vacation Soundtrack
Ramones - End of the Century
Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
Cure - Head on the Door

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posted a comment on Gorillaz - Demon Days. about 1 month ago
potatispotatis
"This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. It is not permitted to sell this item on Discogs." yet this is where i bought it a couple years ago, broken fucking website


Well you see potatospots, there's... See full review
posted a comment on My Bloody Valentine - Loveless. about 1 month ago
[quote=stellasdad] Cash grab by Mr Shields. Don’t blame him though, Market is hot and with a couple words you can convince all these folks to buy an iconic album that doesn’t require much due to the wall of haze. As if the analogue tapes would make a... See full review
posted a comment on Toto - Toto. about 1 month ago
mcassity
My copy has the promotional stamp on the back. Not sure if this makes it worth anything.


Ha! No it does not. But that won't stop you from holding the line or supplying the love.
posted a comment on J-Diva. about 1 month ago
Teenagedirtbag24
Why is this filth made ? What type of demographic as pic buys this smut ?


Probably teenage dirtbags, particularly ones like you who would like to do J-Diva wrong.
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posted a comment on Vader - An Act Of Darkness / I.F.Y.. about 1 month ago
Add it yourself. Add it yourself. Add it yourself. How long have you been here? Long enough to know that you gotta add it yourself.
posted a comment on Esoteric (3) - The Maniacal Vale. about 1 month ago
fragilepheonix
One of the best alb ums I`ve heard by the musical group thus fart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Perhaps one of the most meaningful typographic errors in the whole of Discogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See full review
posted a comment on Die Toten Hosen. about 1 month ago
Oteirr
I don't know why they are still labeled as "Punk". The last time they have played something resembling to punk was like 25 years ago. They simply play Deutschrock.


It's how people think. If Bob Marley came back to life and... See full review
posted a comment on Black Magick SS. about 1 month ago
[quote=mountedofficer32] It's really not to hard to figure out. Bands in the 70's and 80's started using satanic imagery because that was the Moral panic of the era, which we now know was all bullcrap. Today's moral panic has been all about "Muh... See full review
posted a comment on Khan Jamal. about 1 month ago
jamesjazzy
Hi, no actually “Peace” I was aware of the “peace warrior”.


It's not listed because you haven't added it yet. Stop stalling and get it done!
posted a comment on Seefeel / Aphex Twin - Time To Find Me. about 1 month ago
Sine Bubble is Autocreation under an alias...and agreed, it's great.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Coil. about 1 month ago
Fine if you don't like it, but bring some substantive criticism. Almost nothing you say has anything to do with the music. Which is how I came to the conclusion that what you have to say is more or less worthless. Lazy and pedestrian indeed, you... See full review
posted a comment on Morrissey. about 1 month ago
waycjchacha
Considering the fact that he was screwing over Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke as soon as The Smiths got any success, then no there was never a time when he wasn't a knob.


Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke never wrote any music,... See full review
posted a comment on Bad Brains - Pay To Cum!. about 1 month ago
If you can get the record properly centered, it sounds good.
posted a comment on The Shadows - Round And Round. about 1 month ago
Dude, surely you've been here long enough to realize that Discogs is a user built database. You're trying to amend a listing via the REVIEW function. That's why your non-review is deleted. Submit your actual amendments to the listing itself. Can't... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Foo Fighters - Wasting Light. about 1 month ago
zeppelin666
Only problem is that all the Vinyl have stupid 45 rpm. Nobody needs an album on 45!!


To state it more clearly, if they had pressed this record per your specifications, one side would be more than 26 minutes long.... See full review
posted a comment on Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown. about 1 month ago
If you're reading this and you haven't heard "King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown," don't listed to this baldhead. Sure there are highlights, and those tracks outshine some others. But as a whole it's a great record, and this notion that it's actually... See full review
posted a comment on Billy Joel - The Stranger. about 1 month ago
ronvoldman
Steaming pile of garbage. No matter your setup, it sounds like an overplayed CD on a pair of cheap speakers. Stay the FUCK away from this version.


What does an overplayed cd sound like? Doesn't it sound exactly the same as... See full review
posted a comment on Negativland - U2. about 1 month ago
[quote=wayiroll] Regardless of the intent - this record is the ultimate diss on U2. While Detroit's own Casey Kasem is the "star" of the track... huge thanks and respect go to the genius Negativland and their vision for producing and releasing this.... See full review
posted a comment on Crass - Christ Alive! – The Rehearsal. 2 months ago
dave_disaster
Very strange that my review has disappeared less than 24 hours after I submitted it.... I thought CRASS were against censorship??? Maybe something to do with the label???


Why not have a look at the community guidelines... See full review
posted a comment on Francine Raymond - Les Années Lumières. 2 months ago
nv.duch4
Bonjour,Francine Raymond est québecoise et non française, modifier le pays sur le champs " country ".


La liste signifie que le cd est de France.
posted a comment on N.A.D.M.A. - Uno Zingaro Di Atlante Con Un Fiore A New York. 2 months ago
jamesjazzy
Over rated recording and a mere 31 to 32 minutes of music which is not good. Recordings now days are often a whopping 250% longer.


Sure, the food is no good but the portions are too small. You wanted more overrated music?... See full review
posted a comment on Kashief Lindo - Goodbye Then. 2 months ago
thinman.in.philly
Love Me Forever riddim, approx. 2006. damn why am I the only one who must write 10 fucking words before I can post a comment?

Dry your tears. You're not. Dry your tears. You're not.
posted a comment on Tanzmuzik - Sinsekai. 2 months ago
Anyone expecting classic Plaid or Autechre will be disappointed. This isn't a bad record, but it's really by-the-numbers ambient techno from 1994, much closer to something like HIA or any number of forgotten artists. Arpeggiated lines, synth washes... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Love Songs 3. 3 months ago
You've been a member of Discogs for more than ten years, but you don't know how the site works? How is that possible? The reason the track lists do not appear is because you haven't added them.
posted a comment on Serious-Lee-Fine - Nothing Can Stop Us. 3 months ago
1984__the--djphunk
Unrated release, Hip Hop USA imports Jam Master Jay Production


What does this review mean to anyone who is not 1984_the--djphunk?
posted a comment on Ramones - End Of The Century. 3 months ago
"I'm Affected" seems to borrow from the 1978 single "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n the Tears. It was my first Ramones record when I was a kid, and it still sounds great.
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 3 months ago
What a classic example of having your own head so far up your ass. The music is not as dangerous as it would like to be? How do you know what the music would like? Riffs are shamelessly simple? Have you heard of rock and roll? The playing is not even... See full review
posted a comment on Nirvana - Bleach. 3 months ago
[quote=BaqTrack] How often is this album to be released over and over again?Other albums by other bands deserve a re-release and then it's no wonder why it takes so long to produce them if there is always another new, coloured, limited (my a$$)... See full review
posted a comment on Homemade Weapons - Gravity Remixed. 3 months ago
[quote=Ic3Minus] Both remixes are outstanding! Donato Dozzy's remix is a track that grows on you. The more you listen to it, the better it gets.Tommy Four Seven remix is a dancefloor killer. The bassline is a speaker destroyer.Buy it if you can.... See full review
posted a comment on Nelson Rego - “We Weren’t Meant To Be” / “Broken” . 4 months ago
BeatBossMusic
Why is digital content allowed to be posted on here? You can't buy it so what's the point?


I thought I had seen the dumbest post on Discogs, but here you come along and steal the crown. You're on a discography site,... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 4 months ago
[quote=23bixente23] This album alone proves that the 5 stars rating system on Discogs isn't accurate enough. Like for some video games sites, albums should be rated on a scale from 0 to 100. This way I could rate it the very rare (to me) rating of... See full review
posted a comment on King Crimson - Islands. 4 months ago
riamuantero
How come this is dated 1975? I have bought my copy (with the runouts shown above) on 24th April 1972.


Because this is a repress issued in 1975. You presumably purchased the 1972 press.
posted a comment on UFO! - Science Fact / Enemy Infiltration. 4 months ago
[quote=diskoboy] As others said, 'Enemy Infiltration' is the unique, nutty, hard-as-balls style of DnB that people would go to see Ed live for. His tracks are hard as Hell to mix in/out, so they're more for listening, but I've honestly never heard... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 4 months ago
posted a comment on Coil - Love's Secret Domain. 4 months ago
An actual review would have been preferable to simply being told "don't buy it."
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 4 months ago
posted a comment on Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II. 4 months ago
.Prettybrokenspiral.
Mine sounds terrific with absolutely no issues whatsoever. Can't for the life of me understand why some are griping about this.


Here's the problem: "Can't for the life of me understand." Right there. You can't, for the... See full review
posted a comment on Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun. 4 months ago
[quote=mrresistor] I can tell you put effort in to the reviews you submit; I've read a couple here and there. I guess what I'm missing is why you'd review a release from a band on a Discogs page that admittedly, you don't enjoy(?). The folks... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid Super Deluxe. 4 months ago
Beowulf_1492
I bet you've checked it out on full quadro system???


If it's not a quad mix and is folded down to stereo, how do you think it will sound on a quad system?
posted a comment on Various - Eccentric Soul: Omnibus, Vol. 1. 4 months ago
[quote=dmp] Please stop reporting marketplace listings because they aren't the complete box set. There is not other way to sell parts of a set like this. It's been discussed countless times in countless topics in the past 10 years and Discogs wants it... See full review
posted a comment on James Brown - Soul Classics Volume II. 5 months ago
[quote=d-of] 'Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn' is a 1969 single clocking at around 3:00. Great tune. But the version here (D4), maybe the original studio take, plays about 7:45. Regardless of duration, this song is the epitome of funk, a funk... See full review
posted a comment on Slowdive - Golden Hair (Live). 8 months ago
The song is split into two parts. At the end of side A, the song fades out. At the beginning of side B, the song fades in where it left off on side A.
posted a comment on Slowdive - 5 EP. 8 months ago
[quote=Purestfeeling] Lmao (Digital) Music on Vinyl at it again with this shameless Slowdive plundering, this time on gimmicky pink and purple vinyl just because the cover is pink and purple. $30-$60 for four tracks, three of which are instrumental?... See full review
posted a comment on AC/DC - Bonfire. 10 months ago
No, there isn't any way to add part of a box set.
posted a comment on AC/DC - Back In Black. 10 months ago
No. The track list on the back is simply out of order for no particular reason. There is no mislabeling.
posted a comment on Rachel Sweet - B-A-B-Y: The Complete Stiff Recordings 1978-1980. about 1 year ago
[quote=CREOLE58] Listen carefully through headphones and you'll notice the majority of this material has been mastered from vinyl copies. As good as this material is, along with the sound quality, why did they not mention this anywhere in the... See full review
posted a comment on Boards Of Canada - Peel Session TX 21/07/98. about 1 year ago
DiscMelon
Shame it doesn't have the voice clips on. Peel's (somewhat overly loud) voice has become inalienable from XYZ for me, and a part of the music itself.


Have you ever heard a legit Peel Session release with the voice clips... See full review