- 5/5: This is reserved for essential recordings. If an album gets a 5 it means we think this is really an album that any true music fan should experience.
- 4/5: This denotes the album is an excellent addition to any music collection, but not an essential. Most really great albums probably should get this at the very highest.
- 3/5: A good albums for fans of the style/band, but not something that will be winning over new fans or changing the way someone thinks about music.
- 2/5: An album best reserved for those who are completists, those who really want to have every album by said band.
- 1/5: Gluttons for punishment. Little to no redeeming values.
Hopefully that guide keeps the ratings used clear. This is all in an effort to avoid the dreaded 6-9 review scale that seems to plague review sites.