Brutally honest reviews and commentary on the latest music
Welcome! This is First Guess, where you can expect at least 2-3 reviews a week on the latest music releases. Is that vague? I am a passionate music listener, and by now my library has grown to be fairly large and diverse. That said, the bulk of my album reviews will fall within the genres of rock and metal, with something a little different every now and then. I review whatever I feel comfortable commenting on, which is to say that I have enough knowledge about the genre or artist.
Here’s how my reviews work: From the headline you should already know if I think the album is good or bad. You’ll get everything you need to know about the artist up top (genre, release date and website). The review itself is then split into 4 parts: the Diagnosis, the Highlights, Final Thoughts and the score itself. The Diagnosis alone will tell you if the album is good or bad along with why and what the music sounds like. The Highlights is where I tell you which songs are good and why and my Final Thoughts include anything else I feel I missed or needs to be emphasized. My scores are always out of 10. You can read about what the scores mean here.
I’m always open to requests, suggestions and comments of any kind. Feel free to talk to me on Twitter (where you’ll know what I’m going to review days in advance) or just leave a comment here or on any of my posts. With regards to review requests, I ask that the requests either be upcoming or fairly new music. Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” is already widely regarded as a classic. Why would I review it? These reviews are meant to be written before there’s any mainstream consensus. First guesses!
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