Welcome to the Goon Report, also known as Peanut Butter Pope for URL reasons, a blog dedicated to music reviews. Sometimes I’ll throw around a few thoughts on other media, including movies and professional wrestling.


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My Ratings Explained

I used to mainly use a letter-based grading system, but I ended up realising that a good number of people will read a review in the most bite-size way possible, and so I needed to make the scores a bit more understandable. Therefore, pretty much for anything (but mainly music), I use the very common ‘out of 10’ rating system, but there is a little bit of a twist. Here are my ratings explained…

10 – Unquestionable greatness
9.5 – One of the very best ever
9 – Huge favourite of mine
8.5 – Formerly a low ‘A’, a near-guarantee for end-of-year top 10
8 – Great album
7.5 – Very strong album, big recommendation, bordering on great
7 – Good album
6.5 – The good side of average
6 – Still slightly positive but very average
5 – The weak side of average
4 – Poor / mediocre
3 – Bad album
2 – Terrible album
1 – One of the worst ever
0 – Unquestionably bad, unfathomably bad