Tuesday: Music Reviews

NOTE: You will need to practice self-discipline today. We are going to spend time online listening and reading and interacting with material, and you need to say no to distractions.

  1. Get a Writer’s Inc copy from the shelf. Locate the Music Reviews guide and read the page(s) thoroughly.

  2. Note down in your notebook a summary of what you read about a music review.

  3. Add anything they believe Writer’s Inc. might have missed or could have said better.

  4. On a laptop, visit one of the following sites:

    1. http://exclaim.ca/

    2. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews

    3. http://pitchfork.com/

    4. http://www.stereogum.com/

  5. Find an album review and read it twice carefully, taking it in. Take your time. Then journal on the following questions, with the title “__________________ (Album) Review Found on __________________” (web site name):

    1. Does this review contain an effective introduction? Explain why or why not?

    2. Does this review contain an effective conclusion? Explain why or why not.

    3. What is strong about this review?

    4. What is unique about this review?

    5. What could be improved about this review?

  6. Now, find an album that YOU would like to review (any album, old or new). It needs to be one you can listen to beginning to end (you need access to the full-length album). You might try a music site like Grooveshark or Soundcloud. Today is going to be a preparation day. You are to plug in your headphones, find a spot in the classroom away from others, and listen carefully and thoughtfully to the album. Later in the week we will be writing a review. Listen for these things, and begin drafting on your laptop:

    1. Lyric interpretations

    2. Musical stylings

    3. Their appraisals

    4. Their criticisms

    5. Other information relevant to a strong review. (Might want to research the album…)



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