My system.>5.0 Own this NOW!
Anyone who has even a passing interest in music should acquire this release if possible. This is the album you never leave home without. An album you can turn to even in your darkest hours. The kind of music that gives you purpose. Synesthesia defined.>4.5 Masterpiece
A monumental achievement in a band's career. The music highlights a band's skills as musicians and is a testament to a genre. Your tastes may vary, but what's undeniable is the strength of the music. These albums have at least one song you always go to at any given moment. In sum, superb.>4.0 Excellent
A fine release in a band's career. Very few, if any, dull moments, and no song here could be considered mediocre, much less bad. The music usually introduces some novel ideas that elevates it from its peers and stands out on its own as a good album. Of course, it's still missing some key elements that would merit the highest praise, but nonetheless a strong piece of music.>3.5 Solid
A good, listenable album for any moment. Not too dense nor too weak. Just right. Perfect for genre fans and may be accessible to those seeking new artists to explore. Don't expect too much, though.>3.0 Ordinary
Passable, but missing far too much to merit revisiting. Mediocre. Neither love nor hate.>2.5 Only if you like 'em
For completists only. Similar to the above, but even more lacking. Lacks anything detestable, but definitely not worth revisiting. Like studying a blank white wall for its own sake. Consistent, but bereft.>2.0 Disappointing
Falling horribly short and painfully flawed, but far from terrible. A dud in a band's discography. The band either introduced some cool ideas but had no idea where to go with them or just simply didn't try.
Anything below is either hilariously bad or cringeworthy.