Some publications refer to themselves as publications instead of blogs. These typically have editors, and sometimes publish print editions on paper made from dead trees or recycled materials. However, in most cases, you can’t actually hear the music… unless they have a Spotify app.
Any Decent Music (web | Spotify): This website and its corresponding Spotify app examine over 50 publications from all over the world, distilling their reviews and ratings by hand into one big, rated list of new releases. The web version has some advantages, in that you can see which specific tracks the critics are loving, as well as the newest albums to make a critical splash. But when it comes to raw functionality, the Spotify version is far superior because you can, you know, actually hear the music.
Metacritic (web): Part of TV.com, which is part of CNET, which is part of CBS Interactive, which is part of CBS, Metacritic scans the opinions of “the most respected critics writing online” and mashes all of what they do into a single numerical score. The site now lets mere mortals (i.e. regular users) add their opinions to the mix as well, and you can choose to view the best albums according to the pro critics or other Metacritic users. You can also check out the scores for just your favorite genre. However, you can’t hear any of it on Metacritic itself. Hey, maybe people should start blogging about music, so you can hear the music they’re talking about! Which brings us back to…
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