SCALE OF NOTATION
my words, as it should be understood.
ten years Internet speculation and sensationalism lead some peoples
to use even more "powerful" words to describe a band or
a feeling, probably to try and be more sensational or over the top,
and make other peoples feel something good or special is happening...
It could be quite natural, to underline the present feeling is very
good... But the problem is: It leads them to always speak over the
top, over the top top top, with their high flying words, while this
is only about quite nice/ quite cool music, or simply the little
sensation of the moment... I noticed it can be quite misleading
about the final listening, and you can be disappointed.
peoples are probably used to read this abundance of sensationalism,
and even use it themselves, they should feel like my webzine is
sooo full of criticism and could imagine I'm always saying everything
sucks... While I'm often trying to be down to earth, with a critical
part in each review.
So, here's a description of some words'
meaning, according to my personal scale:
Something that's not enthusiasming, neither entertaining, neither
ok to listen, and makes you feel "In the shit"... Sometimes
it's because the content is so predictable, unattractive, or badly
played... Or because you don't like the style in question at all,
or because you currently "reject" this style...
It contains about 50% of bad and 50% of good... When I was at school,
I often had marks around 9-10-11, so it's not particularly bad in
my eyes. I don't believe some peoples get all frightened and scary
when they got 12/20 for their record (Do they really play "Altars
of madness" on every riff? I'm not sure... If they aren't as
good I'm not sure they can get a realistic 17-18 or 19/20... Unless
there is a 25, a 26 and a 27/20... ). Sometimes "Ok" and
"Average" could have the same meaning, sometimes "Average"
is a bit worth...
-Ok: It's something you can bother
listening, you can tolerate, but nothing special. I quite often
listen to "Quite ok" records, to spend time, to change
my mind, by curiosity... (You don't always listen to something passionating
or thrilling, right?). So it's not particularly bad... It's just
the listener doesn't feel much or isn't passionated by the record.
nice: Somewhere between Ok and nice. (See both and make your
own frozen mix).
-Nice: A bit bitter than ok, it's
not bad to listen, maybe quite fresh or a bit entertaining, but
the effects might not last more than 5-10 listenings.
know why some peoples to try turn "Quite nice" records
into something sooo good and so cult... Maybe to convert their loss
of time listening to average music into something positive? Hu,
please don't bite...)
-Quite Cool: Somewhere between
nice and cool. (See both and make your own morbid mix).
It's better than nice, in my mind it refers to an atmosphere or
a mental state of coolness (Hippie?), so it's not bad at all! It
reminds me when I was a teenager and had less things to deal with,
so the mind was more relaxed and I felt more often in a state of
"coolness". I could use this word quite often to describe
albums containing a good and quite strong atmosphere, something
that embalms your head in good colors or moods, but without being
really emotional (In a heart-beat accelerating or skull shaking
-Good: Hey, it's quite hard to describe this
basic word... If I say something is good, it should be good, and
a good part of the record should be really good... It's meant to
be better than "Cool", maybe not sooo much better, but
sometimes according to the context it could have the same meaning...
Killer: It's somewhere between "Killer" and "..."
? Hard to quantify or explain (Yes, I'm half dead, and soon I will
be half resurrected... Ah!)
-Killer: Are there really
so many records to be killer? This is a very strong word... Think
about the initial meaning: Something that realistically kills you
is very emotionally intense, to a point you remain sat on the chair
for long minutes, thinking about what happened, sometimes with frozen
blood and so many thrills... Very often something really killer
remains in memory for a long time, and you remember this moment
for years and years...
-Absolutely Killer: Hey, when
you're dead, you're dead...
luck, I almost never use this word... Because it means every riffs
have to be so emotionally intense, every songs have to be composed
in a so efficient way, and it has to be so original, that it's almost
impossible... Records that were very well composed aren't rare,
but it doesn't very often contain a big percentage of so emotionally
-Classic: I don't use it, unless
a record is more than 10 years old... And many peoples consider
it to be a "classic" or something like that (This word
contains a part of objectivity in itself). How can you know
a record is already a classic, while it's probably less than 6 months
old? How can you have the distance and listened to the album in
so many different ways that you have been able to taste the content
under every angles? Maybe you are, but I'm not "mighty"
and visionary enough to be able to use this word.
classic: I don't use selling points, sorry.
I'm not a speculator, and don't use marketing selling points, sorry.
there are other words between each, and better explanations could
have been written, but now you can have a better idea of my "scale
Now you got it, when I write "Cool"
I mean it's "Cool"; not "ok" or "tolerable",
But "Cool"! And this is something good according to myself.
things could be taken in consideration:
-I don't expect
the same content from a demo than from an album... So what could
be very cool for a demo, could taste as less entertaining for an
album... I know it's not everyone's case, but this is how it is
for me. Maybe I tend to forget a bit this way of thinking because
it doesn't always apply to simpler, more natural and less technical
musics, but a fact remains: You always (Or very often) expect more
from the first album of a band, when you saw them growing and enjoyed
them a bit more with each demo... The first album remains something
like an accomplishment.
-When you have
written a lot of reviews, it's hard not to repeat yourself (That's
why I like to play with words, sometimes to an extent it might mean
nothing at all to some readers, and who could even in some cases
feel quite "offensed" while they shouldn't... But it's
my inner "sickened poetry" coming to life...) and it's
hard to remain quite coherent with what you wrote in the past...
Perhaps that's why I might seem like I'm trying to cut ass-hairs
in 4 microscopic pieces by moments...