I am curious on people’s thoughts on whether it is ok to comment on a thread if you don’t like an album? It can feel a bit odd - if you don’t like it, what value does saying so do? And why listen? But if you don’t comment the thread can perhaps give an unbalanced view of an album.
I think my position would be to only do so if it is a band that I normally like who have produced a work that I don’t rate. But even then I’m not sure if that negative view is welcome.
Also, how do music magazines and websites allocate reviews? If you give an album to a big fan then you are likely to get an over positive review. And vice versa. I imagine journalist independence can only go so far - for example I can rarely get past the first track for certain genres. Does anyone have direct experience of reviewing?