Before buying a music group’s album/song on the Internet or in a music shop, you can shape your opinion of it by reading numerous reviews. This is nice when you are not sure whether or not you are making the “right” purchase”; this is especially useful when you want to buy digital music and want to know what you will pay for. Music reviews have long been a popular genre in media, helping people make choices, contributing to musicians’ popularity or demise, and today we are going to learn how to write one.


Steps for Writing a Music Review

  1. You will need to listen to the album or song you are going to write a review about with concentration. It is better to listen to the source material at least three-four times, with intervals.
  2. While listening to your selected music, take notes on what is good and bad in the album or song, what impressed you and what did not impress you.
  3. When beginning the writing of your review, include some background information: name of the group, genre they play in, the album’s tracklist, date of release, and so on.
  4. After writing the background information, write an evaluation of the music, usually a paragraph for each category. The categories are usually the lyrics (for example, whether it was meaningful or not), vocals, instrumentation, quality of performance, a general impression of the album/song, and its originality. If you are reviewing an album, you can focus on particular tracks, if you like, but make sure the review covers the whole album.
  5. After writing the evaluation portion, summarize your impressions and give a rating. It is common to give a 5-point or 10-point rating i.e. “cool Kids” earns 4/5.
  6. Edit your review a few times and check if the factual information you wrote about the music group is correct.