About Any Decent Music
Any Decent Music exists to help music lovers get access to a
broad range of critical opinion.
WHO ARE WE?
The team behind it (that's Ally and Terry who thought of it and
lovingly tend it) are all passionate music fans (and musicians
themselves to varying degrees).
WHAT ARE WE?
We are not a wholescale review aggregator, automatically
sweeping up anything and everything relating to every album
release. Everything on ADM has been manually reviewed, selected and
It's painstaking work, but it's a labour of love so we don't
mind too much. And it means we don't clutter the site with reissues
and compilations and stuff we know real music fans aren't
interested it. (Ok, so we might include Susan Boyle or Jonas
Brothers just for a laugh.)
WHAT'S THAT ADM RATING ALL ABOUT?
It's not a straight average, ie the total ratings divided by the
number of reviews. We have a formula that is weighted to take into
account the number of reviews an album receives, which gives an
advantage to albums receiving more reviews.
So an album which receives five 8/10 reviews will have a lower
rating than an album with 25 8/10 reviews, which seems right to us.
And an album would need more than 30 8/10 reviews to get a straight
ADM rating of 8.0 (although it could achieve that rating with a
range of 10/10, 9/10, 8/10, 7/10 etc reviews). All clear? Good.
WHAT DO WE DO EVERY DAY?
We sift through more than 50 music review publications, online
and offline. We reckon it's a fairly representative spread of
sources from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Germany.
They're different, but they're all intelligent, independent and
sussed and we think it gives a good cross-section of critical
Not everyone gives numerical ratings so we read the reviews
carefully and then have heated debates about whether it's a 7/10 or
a 7.5/10. Sad, but true.
Albums need at least five reviews to chart. They drop out of the
main Recent Releases chart after six weeks, but they're still there
in the longer timescale versions.
We include extracts of reviews which are as brief as possible
but long enough to give a reasonable flavour of the opinion of the
writer, and always carry a link to the original review so users can
read the full review.
If you wish to get in touch for whatever reason, email us:
allypalmer at yahoo dot com