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    Posted: February 08 2014 at 18:58
We have a top 100 where just about everything is 3.90 or better, and 72 have a 4.00 or better.  Aside from the top 10, was 2013 really that good?  We have ratings of new music that seems a little too good.
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Originally posted by javajeff javajeff wrote:

We have a top 100 where just about everything is 3.90 or better, and 72 have a 4.00 or better.  Aside from the top 10, was 2013 really that good?  We have ratings of new music that seems a little too good.
 
I don't understand? Should the ratings be a little worser?
      
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2014 at 19:11
In terms of prog, I've only heard Hubardo, so idk, but I think it had it's fair share of good releases
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Well apparently it was.
Part of the problem is people hyper rating albums methinks, and sorry for being a little blunt here, but I find it kinda funny to see you starting a thread like this. You just awarded the new Transatlantic with 4 stars (a very high rating) while at the same time you feel it lacks "the magic". See the problem?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote javajeff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2014 at 19:14
I never heard of the term hyper rating before, but it fits.  Also, the site lacks the half stars, so that could be a problem skewing the releases.  I tend to rate stuff I like higher because I do not have that half star option.

I did edit my review of Transatlantic since I am listening to it at the moment.  It is good, but just not as good as Bridge Across Forever.   I did start out by saying I do not think they created anything below 4 stars.


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I think people forget that 3 stars means a good album.
Also, if you check the most popular artists inside the last 24 hours, it is almost always artists who've received either a 4 or 5 star write up. Perhaps folks are under the impression that anything less than that is futile to investigate their time in. Sad really...
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Well, I don't even have time to listen to my collection as it is.  I listen to multiple genres, and just about every sub genre of prog.  Then there is the cost of buying everything.  I try to stick to the best of the best, along with my personal favorites.
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No it wasn't.

Good music was there, but as a whole 2012 was infinitely better. Probably the weakest year of the past decade IMO
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I should probably throw in a few negative/mixed reviews. I usually don't feel those albums are worth reviewing, but if high ratings are so much of a problem...
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Yes, to me it was.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote proggman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2014 at 20:19
Was 2013 really that good? Short answer, yes.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I think people forget that 3 stars means a good album.
i've always seen three as just good enough to be worth a listen
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Originally posted by Gallifrey Gallifrey wrote:

No it wasn't.

Good music was there, but as a whole 2012 was infinitely better. Probably the weakest year of the past decade IMO

Absolutely agree.

2012 was surprisingly good, 2013 was mediocre at the best.

IMO the ratings are increasing because the band members and fans of the bands come here to rate the albums more than ever

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2013 had Ulver's Messe. That alone, 'The Raven That Refused to Sing' aside, is a good reason to call 2013 an excellent year. And don't forget Leprous, Wisdom of Crowds, Leafblade, Sand, Orphaned Land etc.

The only 2013 album that was kinda disappointing for me was Shining's 'One One One'. I really didn't expected a pop record from guys who tried everything from jazz to post-rock to industrial to black-metal.
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Originally posted by javajeff javajeff wrote:

We have a top 100 where just about everything is 3.90 or better, and 72 have a 4.00 or better.  Aside from the top 10, was 2013 really that good?  We have ratings of new music that seems a little too good.
You tell us. We can't make up your mind. Tongue
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To me stars are only an eye-catcher. Thumbs up and thumbs down should be enough, but people loves numbers.
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^ Agreed--  ratings should probably be abolished.

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2013 was great year.
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Originally posted by Svetonio Svetonio wrote:

2013 was great year.

I've got the same feeling. I bought about 40 albums of progressive/alternative/post-rock which are very good. Smile
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Originally posted by PhideauxFan PhideauxFan wrote:

Originally posted by Svetonio Svetonio wrote:

2013 was great year.

I've got the same feeling. I bought about 40 albums of progressive/alternative/post-rock which are very good. Smile
I got a hunch that this year is gonna be also great.
Actually, this year already has started extremely well. 
Whether folks gonna recognize the quality of these great debuts by new bands soon or later, it doesn't matter Wink







Edited by Svetonio - February 09 2014 at 03:32
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