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10 Best Websites For Music Reviews
Music is very important to me, but so is money. So when I hear that I should buy so and so's album or such and such's band ep I like to do a little investigating for myself before I fork out the $12-$20.
Music reviews that are honest, and not completely dry, are hard to come by. Introducing a non-paid off music review site. There aren't many features and it's a far throw from my number one spot, but it's better than a lot of music reviews.
9. Spin.com (aka Indie heaven)
If someone told you "You'll never hear them on the radio, but this band is AMAZING" the best place to find the review is Spin. If you are looking for a review on something that other people will listent to this is not the place. They are a little biased against people who get attention from the media, so I don't listen to their opinions on pop or anything mainstream. They'll pretty much hate on anything you can hear on the radio.
8. Altpress.com (aka Screamo/Emo/Hardcore/ Pop punk)
Alternative press reviews can be a little fluffy, but most are down to the point and honest. You can hardly find an album that has 4 or 5 stars, which means they grade pretty brutally, but fairly. If you're looking for hip hop or rap reviews this is not the place to be. These reviews are honest but tend to stick to the few core genres. I use these reviews quite often, but they don't cover all genres.
7. Billboard.com ( All encompassing)
This articles do indeed have quite a bit of shameless promotion, but if you're looking for what's gonna be big next, Billboard is the way to go. They are not completely bought out and do have some honest reviews. The reviews aren't what take me to this website, but following the charts is a pretty good determiner. If indie music is your game, this isn't the website for you, but other than that this website will help you out. Sometimes you need to just watch the market instead of reading all the reviews of the stocks, so this is the website that brings that to the music world.
6. crediblemusicreviews.com (Mainstream)
If you're looking for a review of pretty much any type of music but something you'll hear on a top 10 countdown, here is the website. The reviews are brutally honest and the star ratings don't range much higher than 2, but it's honest and it's a good comprehensive site.
5. Rollingstone.com (hear for yourself)
I'm sure you were expecting Rolling stone to be earlier or later on this list, but I don't think it's horrible or splendid. The fact that reviews are far and few between if it's not super popular, but the fact that if Rolling Stone has heard of the band you're able to listen to the songs. I love that. It gives you the chance to review music for yourself, but it doesn't give you a huge idea if it's going to stick. Sure you like that song but do you want to pay all that money for those songs? Only time will tell, so being able to listen to the songs is good, but it doesn't make up for the fac that there are so few reviews.
I bet you weren't expecting to see the New York Times on here. This website isn'tthe best for new music, but if you're into older music and you're looking into reviews of them and for news of them this is the website. They do include some reviews of newer super popular stuff. I would recommend this site for people who want reviews of popular stuff as well as updates on the older stuff.
This website gives comprehensible backgrounds and actually recomends artists and albums that go along with that type of music. Most websites give you popular bands that are "vaguely" similar, but this website doesn't discriminate and gives an equal spot to indie and pop. This website also, for once, has a search engine that actually works. THis website is good if you want to know about your artist as well as know if they're any good.
Can a music review site actually combine buying music, reviews, vides and not make it to number one? sadly yes. This website is nearly perfect, nearly. It has good honest reviews, and includes videos in the artist overview. This website also shamelessly promotes the pop and massivly huge bands. I looked up a rock band and my suggestions were Plain White T's and Panic at the Disco. I don't really mind, but I would rather have had bands that actually apply. Other than that, this website is nearly perfect.
1. iTunes Store
I know you weren't expecting that. I find that most reviews written on itunes are honest, true and nonbiased. Sure there are gonna be a few "OMG BEZT BAND EVRRRRRRR" but there are also quite a few good reviews.
To tell you the truth I think the best way to review music is to listen to it yourself. Try using Allmusicguide.com and listen to the music. Good Luck! And Happy Hunting for GREAT music.