Specifically, on how I'm not going to do them anymore.
I've never had much faith in a score-based rating system. It's so ridiculously subjective what makes an album, or any piece of media whatsoever, a certain number rating out of 5 or 10 or (in ridiculous cases) 100, and so callously dismissive of the media itself, telling potential consumers whether they would like it or not with hard numbers rather than more organic discussion, that I never really felt comfortable with the idea.
But I started this as a music review blog, and when you review music, you add a score, right? That's just what you do. Well, no more. I'm breaking that paradigm. If my write-ups on the music featured here aren't enough to adequately put in your mind whether you'd like to pursue it further or put it on the shelf and keep moving, an arbitrary number isn't going to make things better.
What really brought me around to this realization was a long running debate I've been having with myself over what album, if any, I could give a perfect score. To give an album a perfect score, I reasoned, is to define the high-water mark for every single future post, and that scared me, because my opinions of how good an album is tend to be based more on a relative comparison with other music I have heard than some distinct impression in a vacuum.
Then I wrote about Lateralus, and gave it a 5, because I honestly can't find any flaws in it. The debate in my head was immediately silenced and replaced with the distinct impression that arbitrary scores are just not my style, and to be honest, I can't imagine anybody getting all that up in arms about it.
Well, thanks for reading this self-indulgent rant. Here's a track I listened to while writing this post to reward anyone who stuck through this.