Extended Thoughts: My Grading System

First of all, this is the first of two updates today.  A review will posted this evening, but for now, I’d like to talk about my grading system.  I don’t want to take up more of your World Cup-watching time than is necessary, so I’ll cut to the chase: I am switching to the Harry Potter O.W.L.s (and presumably N.E.W.Ts, as well as the W.O.M.B.A.T.s) grading system.  The reasons for this switch mostly revolve around how I perceive the grades, and how others perceive them, and the fact that even if I laid out and explained what each letter meant to me (which is, by the way, the traditional grading system – a C is average, and thus a perfectly good grade, that album is deserving of your money, though not highest on your list of priorities), and linked to that explanation in every review article, there are still people who are going to misconstrue what I mean by the letter.  So, I have decided to use a grading system that has only the most perfunctory of definitions, and no hidden or “real” meanings, because I basically get to define them as I see fit.  So, without further ado, my new grading system!

O – Outstanding

This is a grade given to albums of the highest caliber.  If you do not own this album, then your life is not complete.  Though I probably shouldn’t advise you to skip meals in order to save up for an album that gets this grade… I will anyway – AN ALBUM WITH AN “O” IS BETTER THAN FOOD.

E – Exceeds Expectations

An album with this grade is definitely worth your money, though it is not a necessity to live a truly fulfilling life.  The next time you have money to spend on iTunes or what have you, an album with this grade should jump to the top of your list.

A – Acceptable

This is a grade given to wizard rock albums of good quality.  They may not be as good as albums in the O or E range, but these are still very good albums that deserve a place in any wizard rock collection, and any artist that makes such an album should be very proud of their work.  Still, there are other albums, and other things that should be bought before this caliber of album.

P – Poor

This is the grade given to an album that shows a lot of potential, and has a decent amount of good to great songs, but those songs are at least matched in numbers in weak to terrible songs.  An album with this grade is not a terrible album, but there is a decent chance that you would not get your money’s worth.  Still, there are some individual tracks that you should not hesitate to purchase (if the option is available).  Also, purchase of the full album is definitely warranted if you cannot purchase individual tracks, and/or you want to donate a few dollars to the artist.

D – Dreadful

This grade is given to an album that is really not very good.  There are a few bright spots, but they are lone diamonds in a sea of mediocrity and sometimes downright bad music.  I would strongly advise you to not spend your money on an album with this grade.  If purchase of individual tracks is not available, then this album may be worth your money, but the bright spots better be brighter than the damn sun.

T – Troll

An album with this grade just flat out sucks.  Do not spend your money on an album of this caliber.  There may be at most a couple songs worth purchasing, but they are definitely not enough to make a purchasing the entire album worth your hard-earned dollars.  Again, do not buy this album – there is just too much awesome wizard rock out there for you to waste your money on this.

Now, I’m not going to go back and change the grades of my previous reviews, mostly because I love that giant gold F too much, so here is a list of the grades they would have received via this system:

Onward and Upward – T

Demons at the Helm – As a wizard rock album – D; as just an album, devoid of genre classifications – E

Tales From Beedle the Bard – E

JFF and the Half-Blood Pizza – P

Review of the young band (so small they don’t even have a MySpace!) Hermione and the House Elves will be up this evening!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KateKintail
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 11:11:07

    I’ve always thought this grading system would make more sense for the way you judge things because of its setup/clear division. And, well, it’s Harry Potter, after all. 🙂


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