Well, the good news is that the question has been settled, because I have developed a Musical Rating System called Book6. Like many musical enthusiasts do, I would imagine, my computers music system (MusicMatch Jukebox) offers a rating system for the purpose of sorting one's catalogue which I have spent hours carefully keeping up to date with each new album I purchase and copy onto my Dell DJ (no joke).
For the purpose of clarity at the outset, Book6 is only designed to compare complete albums to each other. Now, you could take your rating system offered by MusicMatch or iTunes (MusicMatch uses a 1 to 5-star system) and judge an album simply by averaging the number of stars by the number of tracks, but this would be wrong. This method does not properly punish an album for having terrible songs (1- and 2-stars), or, conversely give enough reward for containing a rare gem of a 4- or 5-star song. In addition, it does not take into account the time length of an album. An 11 minute 2-star song should not be compared without prejudice for its unfortunate length to a 3 minute and 30 second 2-star song.
To introduce you to the system, I have run the analysis on each the albums that has been thus far introduced onto the blog - one from each contributing member.
You can read my full review for all my thoughts on this one.
Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
Book6 Rating: 3.769
Despite Little Gun's insinuations that I wouldn't have the spiritual depth to understand an album like this, it is actually an album I have owned for some time and my appreciation for it grows with time.
Ray LaMontagne - TTSTB
Book6 Rating: 2.818
Though this album is, in my opinion, no where near as brilliant as Trouble, it is an excellent album from a soulful guy who I would pay good money to see anywhere, anytime. And that is a very high compliment.
Damn right, Van.
Two 4-star Tracks for your Enjoyment:
Bob Schneider - Lorena
Jeff Tweedy (wilco) - I Shall Be Released (Live at Vic Theatre, Chicago, March 2005)