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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Edit your review a few times and check if the factual information you wrote about the music group is correct.