Hi. My name is Dylan. I’m the human. I DJed through my undergraduate career at Florida State University, and have since collected a massive amount of music. And what’s better than music except for writing about music?
I started this blog in late April 2015 – one week shy of a then-temporary move to Juneau, Alaska to work at a sled dog outpost on the Mendenhall Glacier. Since then, I moved to Willow, AK to go on a few adventures with a veritable pack of Siberian Huskies.
I am biased in favor of black metal, doom metal, post-punk, vaporwave, and UK garage/dubstep. I am biased against garage rock, progressive rock, bedroom pop, and subgenres that utilize the demonym “indie.” That being said, I like to think I’ve been in music long enough to know the pitfalls of my favorites and the attractions of my un-favorites.
So have fun, and thanks for reading.
Instead of three-stars being “average” and anything less being a “bad” album and more being a “good” album, the rating system utilized by SongSavers assumes that every album is worth a listen, and the star rating represents the degree to which that listen will be a rewarding experience. This consciously avoids grade inflation, where grading an album three stars on a five star scale signifies a forgettable release and lower ratings are reserved only for extraordinarily poor albums. SongSavers seeks to utilize the full spectrum of star ratings, as discussed below.
An album with no replay value. The first listen will be the only one.
These albums fall between two categories: the curiosity (e.g. Ulver’s Vagnatt) and the fatal flaw (e.g. Thumpers’ Galore). These albums are ones that are only recommended for the serious hardcore fan of a certain band or genre; or they are albums that are close to being enjoyable but have an unavoidable characteristic that makes the experience unpleasant.
An album to which one should listen if they are a fan of the band or genre. Good or bad, the intrepid listener will gain something from this release to further their understanding of music; whereas one and one-and-a-half star albums do not have this redeeming quality.
An album that is just shy of being a significant addition to one’s music library. These albums are good for completionists but ignorable by the casual fan. They may have one or two excellent songs among a sea of filler material (e.g. The Golden Bridge by No Anchor), or they may have bland or overly derivative content in comparison to other works (e.g. Belus by Burzum).
An album that will be a positive contribution to one’s library. These albums have genuine appeal that is not reliant on historical value.
A worthwhile addition to one’s library that is just short of being essential. These works may have the listening appeal of a three star album with important historical value, such as Bathory’s self-titled debut.
A necessary album. These works have some uniquely good quality that makes them intrinsic, important aspects of a genre or a band’s discography. Those who are neophytes with regards to certain bands or genres should start here or at the higher star ratings. For example, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
A “classic within the genre.” These albums provide the best representation of the motifs, ideas, and compositional milieus of a genre or scene; for example, the You Made Me Realise extended-play by My Bloody Valentine.
A transcendental classic. These albums will appeal to listeners regardless of genre, or at the very least those who are interested in music can appreciate the ideas behind five star albums without necessarily enjoying the music itself. Such an album may be viewed as the ultimate realization of a genre or movement’s goals and expressions.