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So far right now: Kid A, Turn On The Bright Lights, Back To Black, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, White Blood Cells, The College Dropout, Late Registration, Rated R, Songs for the Deaf, Arular (Kala is still 4.5), Oh, Inverted World, American Idiot, Since I Left You, Untrue and Funeral are all rated 5 stars!
I' currently searching the top 200 to check other changes! So far these are the ones and: Libertines's self-titled has gone from a 4 to 3.5 :/
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is still 4 stars :-(
Daft Punk's Discovery 5 stars
The Avalanches' Since I Left You 5 stars
The Streets Original Pirate Material 5 stars
Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner 5 stars
So far, these are the ones that were updated alphabetized for easy tallying:
Arcade Fire- Funeral
Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am...
Daft Punk- Discovery
Dizzee Rascal- Boy in Da Corner
Green Day- American Idiot
Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights
Queens of the Stone Age- Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead- Kid A
The Shins- Oh, Inverted World
The Streets- Original Pirate Material
Kanye West- The College Dropout
Kanye West- Late Registration
Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
I'm a little bothered that they're not adjusting across the board: For example, Amnesiac and HTTT should be 4.5 by now, and In Rainbows should probably inch up to a 5.
I love how AMG still has the 3 1/2 star review they did for Whatever they Say I Am... on the site. It looks really silly now that the album is a 5 star.
I don't mind waiting to give 5 stars, but do it to albums that you at least liked on release. Bumping Funeral from 4.5 to 5 isn't a big stretch. Taking an album like Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not and bumping it a star and a half is a little fake and pandering.
I don't mind bumping an album like Kid A up an entire star considering they re-reviewed it (I never read their Arctic Monkeys review, so I can't speak to that one). I don't see it as pandering if the current staff just doesn't agree with the original review given. I change my mind on albums all of the time based on how well they're dating, holding up, etc. even pitchfork changes their minds on albums over time.
But are they doing it because they changed their opinion, or are they doing it because of what they perceive as common opinion?
You don't see obscure gems getting bumped, you see the ones that are already up high on AM.
The top 50 albums on AM's all-time list that don't have 5 stars on AMG.
01. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
02. Lou Reed- Transformer
03. Neil Young- Harvest
04. The Who- Tommy
05. Sufjan Stevens- Illinois
06. Radiohead- In Rainbows
07. Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion
08. Pink Floyd- The Wall
09. Cream- Disraeli Gears
10. PJ Harvey- To Bring You My Love
11. The Stooges- The Stooges
12. Suicide- Suicide
13. Metallica- Metallica (“The Black Album”)
14. Kate Bush- Hounds of Love
15. Lou Reed- Berlin
16. Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
17. Robert Wyatt- Rock Bottom
18. The Human League- Dare!
19. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
20. Frank Zappa- Hot Rats
21. Peter Gabriel- So
22. The Doors- L.A. Woman
23. Antony and The Johnsons- I Am a Bird Now
24. Rage Against the Machine- Rage Against the Machine
25. Bob Dylan- Time Out of Mind
26. Pere Ubu- The Modern Dance
27. Prefab Sprout- Steve McQueen
28. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
29. Sigur Ros- Agaetis Byrjun
30. The Police- Synchronicity
31. OutKast- Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
32. The Byrds- The Notorious Byrd Brothers
33. Talking Heads- Fear of Music
34. The Pogues- Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
35. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
36. R.E.M.- Out of Time
37. Beastie Boys- Ill Communication
38. The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs
39. Kraftwerk- The Man Machine
40. The Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
41. M.I.A.- Kala
42. Joanna Newsom- Ys
43. Bjork- Post
44. PJ Harvey- Stories From the City, Stories from the Sea
45. Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen, We are Floating in Space
46. Portishead- Third
47. David Bowie- Station to Station
48. Bob Marley and the Wailers- Live!
49. TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
50. Donald Fagan- The Nightfly
97% of the top 100 is 5 star rated
91% of the top 200
82% of the top 300
I remember when Kala came out, they backed Arular down from 4.5 stars to 4. I still like Arular better! I agree with Jackson(?). I look to AMG to be more of a consensus on older albums. I think it's more helpful that way.
This is how good albums get lost. Henrik's formula sorts through all critical acclaim and bases results on numbers. Allmusic does the opposite, taking snapshots of critical acclaim and formulating results based on nothing but hype. It's garbage.
There is also Allmusic's massive snubbing of Blur's Think Tank. They gave it two stars and called it "a lousy album."
It's ranked #613 of all time here, and it got an 83 on Metacritic upon release. They should fix this one - it's embarrassing. It should be like 4.5 stars.
13 should be higher too. That's a great album.
3.5 stars for 13 is ridiculous, that album is an achievement. I have a feeling that album would be a lot more acclaimed in general if they had taken out one or two of the longer songs, as it's a bit exhausting to listen through all the way. Still, it never lets up in quality, and IMO is much better than Parklife.
The Kills' album Midnight Boom from 2008 has 5-Stars now...
still rate albums in comparison only to that act's other albums? For instance, a 4-star album by the Rolling Stones may not necessarily be of equal quality to a 4-star album by Kenny G. It had been that way in the books and even explained on the website, but not sure if that's still the case.
That album was so underrated. I'm glad it's finally getting it's recognition. One of my favorite albums of 08
Also, Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse (http://www.allmusic.com/album/hell-hath-no-fury-r669489), which is a wicked album.
also 2000's and some 5-starred albums...
Real - Ednita Nazario.
Orlando Poleo - Lo Bueno de la Vida
Basic Channel - BCD-2
Clave y Guaguanco - La Rumba que no Termina
Fred Hersch - Leaves of Grass
Mike Keneally - The Universe Will Provide
Aphex Twin - 26 Mixes for Cash
Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars - Brotherhood of Brass
Michael Mayer - Immer
School Days - In Our Times
Metro Area - Metro Area
Jay-Z - the Blueprint
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
The Strokes - Is This It
System of a Down - Toxicity
Andre Rieu - La Vie Est Belle
Kid Koala - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Iskra 1903 - Chapter One
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP
Masada - Masada: Live in Sevilla
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
Outkast - Stankonia
The White Stripes - Elephant
David Lang - The Little Match Girl Passion
Casa de Leones - Casa de Leones - a 5 star reggaeton album (Only one I know of).
Dismember - Like an ever-flowing stream
Necrophagist- Onset of Putrefaction
Negura Bunget - OM
The Stooges - Raw Power (noticed it goes to 5 stars, then to 4.5, again to 5, 4.5, 5....)
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
Judas Priest - British Steel (same issue as Raw Power, explained above).
Human League - Dare!
and why did allmusic remove the search button? It's hard to look for 5 stars 1 by 1. Anyone know of an easier way? How?
Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Blackbyrds' City Life and Rickie Lee Jones' eponymous debut album dropped from 5 stars to 4 stars and NWA's Straight Outta Compton is on 5 now.
I also noticed the Rickie Lee Jones drop, they also downgraded her Volcano EP to 3.5 and The Magazine went from 2 stars to 3. They basically reevaluated her discography - still underrating Pirates as a 4. In the light of her new album, Gillian Welch's first album was also downgraded to a 4 and Time (The Revelator) is now a 4.5 star record.
Metal releases got a 10 album boost in 5-starred albums. Isis' Oceanic, Mastodon's Leviathan, Opeth's Blackwater Park, Napalm Death's Scum, Electric Wizard's Dopesmoker, Darktrone's A Blaze in the Northern Sky, In Flames' Jester Race, At The Gates' Slaughter of the Soul and Neurosis' Through Silver In Blood. I still can't get over the Rickie Lee drop.
edited a few minutes later cause I forgot to mention Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse
I'm still waiting for a 5-star 00's latin music release. Hopefully Frank Reyes will get it and Aventura will drop to 2 stars..
Amy Winehouse, rest in peace.
Origin's Entity has 5 stars. A 2011 extreme metal release with 5 stars and no review proper. Just like Shining's Blackjazz that got 5 stars and got dropped to 4.5. And since when is Aqualung 4.5? And another thing, Wilco's reviewers mixed and confused Yankee Hotel with Summerteeth.
Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator)is now a 4? And her Revival album is now a 4.5 pick.
I noticed a few weeks ago that Beyonce's B'Day is now a five star album.
Eh. I enjoy Sufjan Stevens and Wilco but I always felt those two albums were overrated anyway. YHF is one of my least favorite Wilco albums. The ones I would move to five stars immediately are In Rainbows and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. My guess is that Allmusic will do so within 2-3 years. Wouldn't be surprised if Illinoise and YHF are upgraded later as well.
I still don't believe B'day..
Allrovi, the Allmovie and Allmusic replacement site, is badly updated. For a second, I saw B'day on 5/5. It's on 4/5 there and Gillian Welch's Time had 4 and her debut had 5. False alarm with rovi.
Don't cross compare artists and genres when using this site. It's bound to disappoint you. Instead view any album awarded full 5 stars as one that was a particular highlight of a really noteworthy artist/band within the genre, at the time of it's release. Whether you like her or not, Beyonce has become somewhat on an icon within modern pop music. Some of her songs even made it onto 'end of decade lists' recently. So I don't find it too surprising that they wanted to represent this somehow. Not sure B'Day was the correct choice personally, but that's just how AllMusic goes around rewarding noteworthy musicians in pop. After all they cover every widely-recognised genre and everyone of them gets the same fair treatment.
Rock albums tend to get a many of the promotions. AllMusic loved YHF. It was their (joined) top album of 2004 along with The Flaming Lips 'Yoshimi...' - see their 'AllMusic loves 2004' entry. I expect the rating will eventually get changed. It just didn't make the cut this time. This also goes for many of the releases were mentioned above. Albums like 'In Rainbows', 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and 'Sound of Silver' will probably require a longer gestation period before their editors feel they can properly reward them as classics - particularly MPP, which was only released two years ago.
As for those left confused about 'Midnight Boom' being made 5 stars, did you actually give the album a fair chance? It's a great little release!
I agree about the Kills and am happy to see them grow a pair a put their foot down on giving them such a high rating when it got great reviews but was still overlooked by critics in the Year End List department. To this day I can't look at a horse or a Sarah Jessica Parker flick without thinking of their marvelous Alphabet Pony.
Old thread. No recent 5 stars.
Yeah, I doubt they'll upgrade any new albums for another year or two now. However I do have high hopes that this means they'll soon be updating a compilation of pre-2000s albums soon. Based on AMs lists there are quite a few oldies that could probably do with the full five-star rating.
Any in particular you'd all like to see changed?
Not sure if we covered this one but...
Mastodon - Leviathan (2004)
Raw Power - Screams from the gutter