View Full Version : Good Music Review Sites?

15th May 2005, 10:47 AM
Can any recommend some good music review sites - I'm into indie/electronic/alternative genres. Usually check out Pitchfork and Neumu 44.1khz's review sites, but just can't seem to find one that truly appeals to me.


15th May 2005, 11:33 AM
Try www.allmusic.com and some of the community radio sites likes www.rrr.org.au and www.pbsfm.org.au are good starting points. Do a search in google on music review sites, there's plenty around, but allmusic certainly is a fairly renowned site.


15th May 2005, 12:40 PM

15th May 2005, 12:52 PM
is it just me, or is music a subjective matter hence shouldn't be taken solely on reviewer's views? not unlike movies.

15th May 2005, 01:49 PM
Absolutely but it's interesting to read what others think of music, when you get to know particular reviewers, and their tastes you can use this to reflect your own.

If a reviewer writes about a new blues artist and gives them a good wrap, you might then listen to their stuff yourself, ultimately you make your decision as to whether you buy the CD or not, but reviews are meant as a guide.


15th May 2005, 07:46 PM
Basically, that's it. I love finding new music in particular genres that others may not have heard about - hence the reason I love listening to RRR (and subscribe :)), sometimes I don't agree with the Pitchfork reviews, it's a bit of a rub and tug kind of place to me. :D


15th May 2005, 07:53 PM
Ok, Pitchfork and AllMusic.


15th May 2005, 08:30 PM

15th May 2005, 09:10 PM

Good for just about anything ive found. To me its like the IMDB of music.

17th May 2005, 11:54 AM
popmatters.com is a lot like Pitchfork.

5th February 2006, 02:32 AM
Just spotted this site. It looks like it is very good and extremely comprehensive. It is a list site.


Have not found a search function on it yet though.

PS- Is this in the right forum? It was moved from the orange sofa.

11th February 2006, 05:19 AM
Not a site but a book I bought last week The Great Rock Discography by Martin Strong (http://www.canongate.net/TheGreatRockDiscographyVol7/Hardback) Like the last link I posted, not a source of reviews, but a compendium of artists and their albums. It does give a rating to each album though. It is great fun to browse through. Very highly recommended. This was published in late 2004 as the 7th edition and has over 1700 pages. I suspect an 8th edition may be coming soon so it could be worth waiting. I bought mine from Redeye Records in Sydney (http://www.redeye.com.au/) and it cost $70.

It is not quite as compehensive as I would hoped (no trail of dead or my morning jacket for example) but I have ordered The Great Indie Discography (http://www.canongate.net/TheGreatIndieDiscography/Paperback) by the same author which I hope will correct this without too many duplications. This will be around $55.

11th February 2006, 10:50 AM
Funnily enough i read the user reviews on amazon a fair bit, i feel that those people have nothing to gain from review so they'll be more or less honest.

This might be a little bit controversial but the forums of good music torrent sites are also very good. Places like oink or indietorrents should suit your taste. I've also found new music in forums on band's websites. What are some of your fav groups, I could help with some ideas. If you haven't heard Sigur ros give them a try :)

24th February 2006, 08:23 PM
This site is interesting and fairly comprehensive. http://www.scaruffi.com/music.html

Razer, I find Amazon quite useful as well. I am really enjoying At The Drive In /Mars Volta, Fugazi, Hood, Spiritualised, early Queens of the Stone Age and even some Tori Amos at the moment. Any recommendations would be appreciated, athough i really must stop buying records. I have a couple of Sigur Ros albums, that i am still getting into. To be honest, I find them a little too ambient for my taste.

12th March 2006, 08:04 AM

12th March 2006, 08:17 AM
Thanks for the tips vic - I still lean on Pitchfork for most music news and reviews, although Metacritic is a good one too.


12th March 2006, 08:33 AM
I don't trust pitchfork. I find at times they are overly subjective.For example;
http://pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/d...key-house.shtml (http://pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/d/dandy-warhols/welcome-to-the-monkey-house.shtml)
http://pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/a...lds-apart.shtml (http://pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/a/and-you-will-know-us-by-the-trail-of-dead/worlds-apart.shtml)
In my opinion both of those records are nowhere near as disastrous as they sugggest.

I find Metacritic the best for newer stuff, but they have no pre 1999 older music and some some stuff is not there at all.

Heres another site (these are links from the scaruffi site)

12th March 2006, 09:41 AM
thats a great book TheGreatRockDiscography vicmeldrew worth the read