Do you ever read album reviews before buying or downloading music? I usually just hop onto Allmusic.com and check the ratings, or trust word to mouth. The words I trust for album reviews come out of the mouths of only a very select group of friends. I rarely need an elaborate description. Actually, the more I relate musically to the friend who is doing the recommendation, less are the words he needs to use to convince me.
That’s why I don’t really know what to think about Musebin. The idea is great: one-liner album reviews a la Twitter fused with a Reddit-style rating system. But reading the reviews won’t necessarily arouse your interest for an album and you can’t even browse by musical genre. So basically Musebin is exactly what its name implies: a virtual trash can/website filled with undescriptive music criticism.
But it’s still fun to read what people have to say and it’ll certainly give you ideas if ever you’re in lack of inspiration for discovering new music.
I have yet to understand if the ratings were originally for the albums or for the one-liner reviews but I guess that in the end the users are the ones who choose how that works.
The procedures of creating an account and reviewing your proper albums are very simple and intuitive, so I do believe many are going to use this site. I for one will happily leave my musical opinions when an album comes to mind, and what makes the overall process fun and appealing is the fact that the user feels validated by entering and completing an album’s first review.
This user-generated-content model has great potential and music lovers will embrace it without a doubt. Just a couple of details to take care of and I’ll be the first to check it out when I’ll need some musical input.
Oh, and almost forgot to mention. Musebin is still in Beta and so you must send an application to get invited. Took me a couple of days.