29 Jun 2015, 14:54 by CeeJaiGee
20 Aug 2012, 10:09 by Mark_HOK, so this friend of mine (hey Paul!) asked a great What If? We had been discussing the disparity between the great ratings of early Prog albums compared to lesser ratings of many modern ones. One of the thoughts that cropped up was that modern albums tend to be bloated; that is the CD format allows the artist to fill up the space with mediocre tracks that would probably not have made it onto a vinyl release. So, what if we level the playing field and take only the best 40 minutes worth of each album and generate ratings from those tracks??
The results are below :D The number in (brackets) shows how an album's position changes against my last published chart and gives a great indication of how the albums would rate if they kept to a fixed time limit. The number in shows the change in rating from the normal chart.
Now there are weaknesses with this approach, particularly for concept albums that need the space to spread their story, but remember this is just an experiment.
30 Jun 2012, 16:01 by selkadiLast updated on August 04 2013
Inspired by Mark_H's fine lists, I've decided to publish my ratings of albums. This is my list of prog albums released from 2000 thru 2009 and you can find links to my other lists on my profile page.
I rate every song on an album based on the following criteria.
10 - Masterpiece
9 - Excellent
8 - Very good
7 - Nice
6 - Average
5 - Could be better
4 - Don't like it
3 - Bad
2 - Horrible
1 - Can't listen to it
When rating an album, I calculate its weighted average considering each song's duration. I also consider previous works released by the artist that I know of, so I can adjust ratings from time to time.
Albums rated around 7 or above are recommended.
Albums rated around 6 are average and you could give it a try to see if you like it.
So, here is my list, which will be updated as I rate new albums or adjust some ratings. Feel free to leave your comments ;-)
01. (=) echolyn - mei (2002) - 8.62
02. (=) Steve Unruh - Out of the Ashes (2004) - 8.16
27 May 2012, 08:26 by Mark_H
15 Jan 2012, 17:40 by Mark_H
13 Dec 2011, 10:49 by ovawiss
30 Nov 2011, 18:50 by samueljeronimoTal como aconteceu no ano passado, esta não pretende ser a lista daqueles que, para mim, foram os melhores álbuns de 2011, mas antes uma ordenação qualitativa de tudo quanto ouvi este ano. Nesse sentido institui um sistema de qualificação em dois planos: um geral, constituído por cinco níveis (de A a F), e um outro, respeitante a cada um desses cinco, constituído por outros três (de A a C).
Desta forma penso tornar-se mais óbvio aquilo que penso em relação a cada título, procurando atenuar diferenças entre, por exemplo, o primeiro e o último álbum classificados com AA, e realçá-las entre, por exemplo, o último álbum com a classificação AA e o primeiro com AB.
Gostos à parte, procurei ouvir cada título as vezes suficientes para formar uma opinião e, nos últimos tempos, tornei a ouvi-los seguindo a ordenação que aqui apresento:
001 John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony / String Quartet (Nonesuch; Música contemporânea, Música de câmara);
19 Aug 2011, 21:39 by bjeerIn no particular order. Completely subjective. (Note: no updates after the end of 2011.)
Anubis - A Tower of Silence (progressive rock)
Joseph Magazine - Night of the Red Sky (progressive metal)
DeeExpus - King of Number 33 (progressive rock)
Gösta Berlings Saga - Glue Works (progressive rock)
Uneven Structure - Februus (djent / ambient)
Maybeshewill - I Was Here for a Moment, Then I Was Gone (post-rock)
Junius - Reports From the Threshold of Death (post-metal / space rock)
Phideaux - Snowtorch (progressive rock)
Animals as Leaders - Weightless (progressive metal)
Unexpect - Fables of the Sleepless Empire (avant-garde metal)
Snowman - Absence (ambient / alternative / experimental / tribal)
Haken - Visions (progressive metal)
Sky Architect - A Dying Man’s Hymn (progressive rock)
Mastodon - The Hunter (progressive / sludge metal)
Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy (progressive rock)
Sunchild - As Far as the Eye Can See (progressive rock)
Opeth - Heritage (progressive rock)
7 May 2011, 12:58 by Mark_H
6 May 2011, 08:50 by Mark_H