Metacritic album reviews make it to Spotiseek

News Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 @ 08:49 | Follow comments

I’m always looking for new ways of helping you find new music for Spotify. There are of course a number ways of doing this, where the ‘similar artists mixtape’ and the top lists were my first attempts.

Enter, album reviews

Yesterday, I added the first set of album reviews to Spotiseek. The reviews are collected from the great review site Metacritic.
Metacritic use up to 45 sources for their music reviews, such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Billboard. All these sources make up to a rating called Metascore (0-100) of the album, giving you a good understanding of what the critics thought of it.

More improvements to come

The album review section at Spotiseek is – as you might notice – an early version, and only displays reviews added the past few days. There will be a lot of improvements made on this area, such as improving the style and layout of the reviews (e.g. add album cover) and presenting more reviews from the past.

(Please note that you can only see reviews of albums available in Spotify in your country.)

Do you like the idea?

I hope you’ll like the idea of album reviews on Spotiseek – I’m as usual very interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

Keep your eyes open for more Spotiseek improvements ahead! :-)

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2 Responses to “Metacritic album reviews make it to Spotiseek”

  1. Afront says:

    Great idea Kristofer!

  2. Olle says:

    Great, like it. As you say, metacritic.com is a great site to find reviews and get an general idea off the an album.

    Your colourtagging off the scores doesn’t match those off metacritic.com, this intetional or just a misstake?
    metacritics.com tagging (from http://www.metacritic.com/about/scoring.shtml )
    Universal Acclaim (Green) 81-100
    Generally Favorable Reviews (Green) 61-80
    Mixed or Average Reviews (Yellow) 40-60
    Generally Unfavorable Reviews (Red) 20-39
    Overwhelming Dislike (Red) 0-19

    Another great site with the genarally same idea is http://www.kritiker.se/ It collects reviews from swedish media, so understanding Swedish does help, but I guess you can get the grasp off an album even if you can’t.

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