Seth wrote:DJR wrote:the group could have just as easily gotten a group of reviewers that would have scored the album all 5's or all 1's.
It's really not as arbitrary as that.
Reviewers are instructed to grade albums in comparison to the general body of a cappella recordings available.
WareHauser wrote:I'm sure I could find plenty of 5 vs. 2, and 4 vs. 1 scenarios.
dherriges wrote:... I also think the RARB reviewers are generally competent judges of, well, competence.
WareHauser wrote:Each reviewer has the impossible task of trying to make everyone happy.
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autumnshades wrote:WareHauser wrote:Each reviewer has the impossible task of trying to make everyone happy.
Hmmm. I'd be interested in hearing whom you think reviewers are trying to make happy.
Bill Hare Some dude who records and mixes people who can't play instruments. http://www.dyz.com
billhare wrote:Reviews are opinions, for the most part, and it's well-known that the various reviewers have differing opinions on how things "should" be done. This is a good thing, and what keeps Contemporary A Cappella from becoming Barbershop. Look it up - there are such set rules in BBS for everything that judging and reviews are extremely consistent. I'm glad that's not us.
RARB scores are not meant to be the end-all exact meter of how "good" something is, just one of the authoritative benchmarks, and again, knowledgeable opinion.
FWIW, having mixed the album and liking it very much, I took a guess at how these 3 reviewers would score it a few seconds before clicking the link. My guess? 4.0. Naaiiiiiillled iiiiiiiiit!
Even though *I* enjoyed this album quite a bit (not to say 4.0 isn't a good score anyway), I know it's not everyone's perfect love match, just as albums that are 10 times platinum are not liked by certain people or reviewers. And I know I've said it over and over... read the original reviews for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, now considered one of the greatest pop records of all time, which met with a resounding "meh" in 1966! This doesn't make the reviews "wrong" - tastes and styles change, and if you're not right there with the timing or a million other things, that's just how the cookie bounces!
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