Sunday, 23 February 2014

Giving Excellent Stuff The Credit It Deserves (Part 2)

Enthusiastic praise with harsh review ratings.


Sydney Opera House.
"One of the world's greatest landmarks, a UNESCO world heritage site,
and a finalist in the 'New 7 Wonders Of The World Contest'.  4/5"
In the early days of the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I mentioned a review of the brilliant album 'Singing From The Grave' by Anna von Hausswolff which gushed...

‘...one of my favourite records of all time.  4/5’

Giving 4 out of 5 to 'one of your favourite records of all time' just seems a bit stingy to me.  I'm baffled by the number of reviewers who leave extremely praiseworthy comments, and yet for some reason they then award a less than generous rating, so in honour of this weird practice here's another round-up where I once again put the spotlight on positive reviews with unduly harsh ratings.

First up is the hauntingly beautiful song 'Liar' by the brilliantly talented Australian singer/songwriter Cypher.  You can download the song for free from the Triple J Unearthed website, but in the mean time, here are a few review quotes which demonstrate what I'm getting at:

"If you don't need your breath anymore this song will take it away for you.  4/5"

"Just beautiful! It's on repeat.  4/5"

"This song sends shivers down my spine.  4/5"

"I'm getting tingles! This song is beautiful!  4/5"

I would agree with all of the above comments as I absolutely love this song, but 4 out of 5??  It takes your breath away?  It sends shivers down your spine?  4 out of 5?  It's such a powerful song that it physically gives you tingles, and yet you only gave it four stars??  So just what sort of physical reaction does a song have to induce in order to earn five stars?

"When you play the Opera House, I want to be there, I'll be the one in the front row, swaying, eyes closed with a smile on my face. Like a crazy person.  4/5"

...and then presumably you'll also be the one giving this delirium-inducing performance a mere 4 out of 5 if your previous ratings are anything to go by.

"...something special.  4/5"

"...sends you to another place as you zone out and listen.  4/5"

"Wow this song is beautiful. Faith's voice is stunning.  4/5"

I mean, seriously ... come on people!  Read what you've written.  'Something special''Sends you to another place'?  4/5 ?!?  Just how good does something have to be to merit five stars?


Some people are very hard to please.

Next up is another quality tune by a cool Australian band, 'My Own Private' by Rabbit Island, and this time the comments seem even more out of kilter with the rating:

"What a beautiful voice and a tender song. Gorgeous stuff. Great production too. love love  3/5"

'Gorgeous stuff'?  3 out of 5??  What sort of maths did they learn at school?  Surely 3 out of 5 means average, and I'm pretty sure if you looked up 'gorgeous' in a thesaurus it wouldn't suggest 'average' as an alternative word.  "Hey, I love your new hairstyle!  It's average!" just doesn't quite have the same ring to it as, "Hey, I love your new hairstyle!  It's gorgeous!"

Finally, here are a few review quotes of another beautiful tune, The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt, where once again the ratings just seem a little on the stingy side:

"Haunting and beautiful.  Something really special.  4/5"

"A stunner.  4/5"

"Beautiful voice.  What a tune!  4/5"

"...could not ask for a more perfect track.  4/5"

That last reviewer clearly hasn't grasped the meaning of the word 'perfect' if they feel that 'perfect' equates to a rating of 4 out of 5.  I mean ... does that mean to get five stars a song would have to be better than perfect?


A dubious use of the word 'perfect.'.


In all seriousness, top respect to the reviewers for taking the time to leave such praiseworthy reviews about something which they clearly enjoyed, but I just feel that when they obviously loved the songs so much a five out of five rating would have been more appropriate.

Anyway, just to reiterate, I love all three of the tunes mentioned in this blog post and they totally deserve all of the praiseworthy comments said about them.  If you want to download the songs, then they're all available for free from the excellent Triple J Unearthed website.  However, at the risk of stating the obvious, if one of the tunes 'takes your breath away' and 'sends tingles down your spine', then I would advise five stars as being the appropriate rating.

. . . . . . . .

Revenge And Justice,
the penultimate book in the
'How To Save The World' series.
This post was written and compiled by Charles Fudgemuffin.  As well as being a big fan of all three of the tunes featured in this blog post, Charles is also the author of the 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.

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Footnote:  For the avoidance of any doubt, I would just like to clarify that in actual fact Sydney Opera House and the wheel are both clearly worthy of  5/5, not 4/5.




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