Proof that the All-Music Guide is on
(i.e. some of their mis-rated albums)
For some artists even if there is no review they assign a star rating (try Fats Domino). What, are we just assuming that all 11 billion Fats Domino compilations rate three stars? But this goes on for tons of artists - implicitly rating an artist, without doing it explicitly.
If you are a famous artist then they love you. Simple as that. Famous = good.
The Move, Shazam (1970). Five stars? I mean, I like the album but come on.
Led Zeppelin (1969). Don't get me started.
The Nice, Nice (1969). Did they listen to the same album I did?
BTO, Young Rascals, Steppenwolf ad nauseum. They are still not that good.
Completely missing the importance of The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack. Hello? birth of prog-rock?
Untberger's obsession with H.P. Lovecraft. Why, dear God, why? They are just plain awful.
Who says they can't ape changing public opinion also? In my older edition of the AMG guide the Zombies' Odyssey and Oracle only receives four stars and a brief squib, while the new edition lavishes praise and five stars. It's not like the music's changed.
Giving Genesis' debut four stars. Frankly, it's juvenile pap, and has the worst production I've ever heard in my entire fricking life.
Stephen Thomas Erlewhine's overly long reviews of crap. See his review B. Spears' ex husband's album for example. Surprise, it's crap.