[Update: I have now switched to a star-based rating system, here’s how it works. The guide to old ratings is below that.]


I give an overall score. It’s probably within 0.5 of what I think of the release, but you don’t need to take it too seriously.

I kinda rate by instinct, but this takes into account things such as vocal performance, instrumentation, arrangement etc. However, song enjoyment can override these to some extent.

I also wrote a piece about what kind of things I take into account when reviewing.

starstarstarstarstar 5 stars: Perfect. Everything fits together well, vocals are great, I am captivated.


starstarstarstarblankstar 4 stars: Very good. A few small flaws or the arrangement has some problems, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.


starstarstarblankstarblankstar 3 stars: Good. The flaws are getting a bit more serious, and/or the song is getting less interesting. There are still good points though, and it’s probably worth a listen.


starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar 2 stars: Average. A major flaw would be stopping me from enjoying this song, or the arrangement is lifeless and bland.


starblankstarblankstarblankstarblankstar 1 star: Bad. Things are going seriously wrong, the most likely reason for this is poor vocals.


blankstarblankstarblankstarblankstarblankstar 0 stars: Somebody shoot me please.

The star rating system is meant to be a bit harsher than the old one, so expect to see lower scores.


Each track (but not short/filler interlude pieces) gets a score between 1 and 10, where

  • 10 is a perfect song, or has flaws so minor they don’t affect the listening experience
  • 5 is boring but not offensive, or has good and bad points balancing each other out
  • 1 is probably the worst song ever written. I haven’t given any song this score yet….

I’m not going to publish the individual scores though.

Then the single/mini/album gets an overall rating. This is decided by finding the mean of all individual scores. However, albums can get a an additional score between 0 and 1 added on if they have lots of 10s. The score is capped at 10, and rounded to the nearest 0.5.

So the overall ratings will reflect on all the songs:

  • 10 is a perfect single, or almost perfect album
  • 5 is either bland, or has a mix of great and horrid songs
  • 1 is so ear-piercingly bad that I wouldn’t even bother to review it, so you won’t be seeing any of those 🙂

3 Responses to Ratings

  1. Pingback: New rating system | Tsukiyo no Hikari

  2. Yuki Nagato says:

    Nice to see someone finally move away from the 1-10 system xDD
    Out of all of us, my ratings are probably the least precise, despite the usage of fractions. ( /.\ )

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