The rating system may come across as extremely harsh, but it is always meant to be fair and, importantly, consistent. There is also room for manoeuvre, and, accounting for every musical taste, a 6.8 might be low or high depending on the WORDS of the review – and, of course, your own personal preference. All that being said, here is a general guideline for what each score means:
10 = all-time classic, expect this once every couple of years
9 = incredible, you should purchase no matter what
8 = brilliant: most normal people will love, with high replay value
7 = a very good/worthwhile effort with a few faults, but worth listening to that one could end up loving
6 = a solid listen, “good” but probably more Marmite (divisive)
5 = average, and if popular, likely to split down the middle
4 = almost average
3 = not good
2 = bad
1 = abysmal
0 = pray that none of us are ever subjected to this
Please try to view the score in conjunction with the words, though. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.
The score for singles is formulated by using an expansive 10-point rating system, the average of which gives a score out of 10.
– Replay Value
(It should be noted, that whilst we comment on the video, it is not part of the single’s score).
As a rule, we generally don’t give a score to freestyles.