Secrets of Perfect Music Review

Music reviews are quite specific type of papers, and not many people can master the art of completing them. Experts of often assist students and bloggers to cope with this task and they have distinguished several rules of successful music reviews.

Who should write such reviews?

In the ideal world, informative, in-depth and catching reviews should be written by professionals who have deep knowledge of music theory, styles and types of music. In reality, though, they can be written by a student or an admirer of a certain band or singer. Thus, the success of the article you create is in the target audience. Your peers will doubtfully highly appreciate the details of full list of the instruments used in George Bizet’s “Carmen” opera or the description of sound emanations of percussions.

Generally, fail-proof review writing includes:

  • Catchy title, that makes your review noticeable

  • No slang or colloquial expressions

  • Proper editing and proofreading

  • Experience: you don’t have to write dozens of reviews, though you have to read dozens of them

  • Proper referencing and arrangement

How to come up with a great review?

Before you start, it is necessary to make sure that you understand the task properly. What is expected of you? To write about your favorite musician or to provide in-depth analysis of your favorite composition? Or maybe to prepare and analyze a selection of compositions? When you know the task of your paper, the work will be much easier.

In order to get inspired and be more informative and give more details, it would be really helpful to listen to the compositions for several times, very attentively and taking notes what stands out in the music.

As it is a creative writing, in the most cases everything depends of the subjective judgment of the reviewer. Of course, such personal experience can be useful to readers, but, still, you have to support your point of view with help of solid explanations and facts.

What to include to the review?

Usually before listening to some new albums or songs people tend to read the feedback from other people who have already listened to that music. If you want to make your review really helpful, then make sure that it has information about:

  • Lyrics

  • Vocals

  • Instrumentation

  • Quality of performance

  • Originality

  • Overall impression

In case if your review can be more informal and creative, then pay attention to the details that express your emotions about the music. What associations do you have when hearing that music, what is the mood of the song? Use highly descriptive language to boost the sensitivity to the max.

Be unbiased. Otherwise, the credibility of your review will be questionable. Use only objective ideas, supported by solid argumentation and facts.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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