To make it clear, a music review is an assessment of a song or an album. One of the important points is the brevity of the review, do not forget about this. At school, most often, they ask for an essay-review, and teachers/editors have certain requirements for them, namely:
- it should be creative work (understand as you want)
- the considered (reviewed) work is often an occasion for reflection on the problems raised in the song or album
- disclosure of the content of the work, with a simultaneous assessment of it.
If you want to find out how to include all these three points in one review, you need to get acquainted with some samples. You can order them on a writing service like GPA Labs. You will see how to write your music review creatively, analyze the problem raised, and evaluate a song or album properly.
Now, let’s proceed to tips for writing a music review.
- Stick to the review plan
- Brief information about the song or album (title, singer or band, other basic information). For example, Waiting For The Sun is the third album by the California band The Doors. After its first great recordings, The Doors and Strange Days, this release has not escaped the fate of the notorious “third album syndrome”. However, in spite of everything, it is this album that is the unconditional must-have of the listening audience of that time.
- Your response to the song/album. In other words, your impression.
- Song or album analysis
– lyrics analysis
– melody analysis
– musical composition (not necessary)
- Evaluation of the song or album (important to include your own evaluation)
- The relevance of the issues raised in the song or album. Even if it seems that the album is not very relevant – think more. Most songwriters try to raise some problem and/or answers in their songs. But if you still did not find the interesting relevance for today, write about that too. Perhaps you will enter into an argument with the reader. That can be even more interesting.
It is important to include all points! But the main thing is that the review should be interesting.
- Do not retell the lyrics
- There is no need to get carried away with retelling the lyrics. The editor can, absolutely, rightly by the way, consider the substitution of the analysis of the song or album by a simple retelling.
- Pay attention to the title of a song or album
- Usually, it contains a lot of secret meaning, which becomes clear after singing a song or album. But “usually” does not mean “always.”
- Break down a song into parts
- Is it possible to break a song into its component parts? Why? Why did the songwriter do this?
- Highlight what differs the work from others
It is worth mentioning the style once again. Try to highlight what makes this song or album different.
Write as if your reader has never heard this song or album. Consider what questions a person might have asked who has never heard this song. And do not forget about the five points of the review plan, which you must complete.
Good luck and if you are looking for more analysis or potential publishing of your review writing, reach out to us at IndieBandGuru. We are always here to connect with other passionate music lovers like ourselves.