I logged on over the weekend to see some surprising reviews on the most recent release by A Completely Different Note (CDN) - Blazin'
). I had noted that this album was on CARA's short list for one of the Top 10 Male Collegiate Albums of the year (http://www.casa.org/cara2010s
), and the opening track, "Take Me as I Am", was selected to BOCA 2010 . Two of the reviewers, Elie Landau and Robert Dietz, who rated the album a 2 and a 3 overall respectively, had previously reviewed CDN's album Mixed Nuts
, while a new reviewer, Kimmie Raschka Sailor, classified the album as a 4 overall. There are numerous posts and reviews throughout RARB that state, fairly, that the album's packaging is a listener's introduction to the group, and groups should take care to have the eyes be the prelude to the ears. But how much do previous reviews and group "reputation", the memory, precede the listening? In the review, both Elie Landau and Robert Dietz refer back to the review of Mixed Nuts
, and I'm wondering how much of a role this played in the review of Blazin'
. My curiousity stems as I ponder how an album could simultaneously end up on the CARA Short List, with a track that was selected to BOCA, but also end up with a "2" rating on RARB. Interested to hear thoughts and reactions...