Fair enough!Well, although Fidelity and Surround are very important, its far from being everything.
In my opinion the music has to be very good first, then comes fidelity and surround mix.
I love King Crimson for example, but that is no reason to like everything the great Mr. Fripp does. One of my favorite bands ever is Porcupine Tree, but some of SW stuff i just dont like. Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands ever. No discussion about that, but then they made the St.Anger album.
If I have to grade an album I think music should be worth 60% of the grade, surround about 30% and the rest fidelity. (Hey, thats me, everybodys entitled to have a different opinion).
For this album:
Fidelity is absolutely stunning, nothing to argue about that. 10.
Surround is great, but of course, it has to be rated a in context with the music, but its greatly done and is very close for what i would love in a mix. 8.
Music, well, lets just say I will probably wont play this album again, I got bored and I tried. I have listened to the album 3 times. I have other ambient music that I like much more so I really cant give the music even a 5 just because I like the guy and what he has done before. Maybe im a bit harsh, but thats how I think I should be doing this ratings. 3.
Giving every album a 10 if i like it and an 8 if I dont, just doesnt make any sense to me. 8-10 grades ar for those albums you cant stop listening. 5-7 are albums that are good to very good, but just make you listen ocasionaly, and 2-4 albums you will probably dont listen at all, and a 1 is reserved for that amazing album that will make your ears bleed and ask... "wtf did they try to do here? I think this is what they play for the inmates in Guantanamo" "
So in this case, Fidelity is a 10 (x 10% = 1), Surround an 8 (x 30% = 2.4) and Music a 3 (x 60% =1.8). 1+ 2.4 + 1.8 = 5.2 ~ 5
(Although I think this could make it in a separate thread) my €0.22. I think in a forum like this the other way round would make more sense. If anything, the surround aspect is what makes reviews here different from a standard CD review. So 3x 1/3 for surround, music and sound would be a good start.If I have to grade an album I think music should be worth 60% of the grade, surround about 30% and the rest fidelity. (Hey, thats me, everybodys entitled to have a different opinion).