Worst Ratings on Allmusic

You know, I really like AllMusic. Their reviews are not as biased as on other music websites, and they give every genre a fair chance. However, sometimes their ratings are... strange. It's not too often the case, but sometimes this is beyond reasoning. And I'm not talking about giving 3.5 to an album you call one of your favorite, but ratings that don't remotely reflect the quality or significance of the music. Often accompanied by a mind insulting review. But thankfully, it doesn't happen too often.

The Top Ten

1 Paris - Paris Hilton (4.5 stars)

I have no problem with the fact that they give the Paris Hilton album a positive review. I listened to it and it's not as bad as you'd expect. It's a mediocre radio pop album that has nothing original and Hilton is not a vocal talent, but the production is good and overall, it's okay to listen to. But really: when it comes to pop music you can NOT put her album in the same category as Christina Aguilera or Shakira! Pop albums should be able to get a really high rating when they are outstanding compared to other pop albums. "Stripped" and "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2" are. They were varied, balanced, perfectly composed, produced and performed, and written by the artists themselves. "Paris" definitely isn't. It is okay but nothing memorable.
Suggestion: 3 stars. - Martin_Canine

What in the hell.

LOL LOL LOL - Metal_Treasure

2 Dark Horse - Nickelback (1.5 stars)

I agree here - christangrant

I know that apparantly Nickelback is hated in the US, but this one is ridiculous, coming from a site that usually awards 2 stars for music they pan pretty bad. Also, none of their reviews of artists that get hate are actually biased and they always give a fair rating. Here, they call Nickelback a vulgar and misogynic band. They didn't have a problem with other artists being way more vulgar and misogynic though. Almost every hip hop album is more controversially sexual than this (not hating on hip hop at all, just pointing out how illogical this is).

Suggestion: 3 to 3.5 stars.
(I'd rate it higher because my rating are personal, but looking at it neutral, it is solid) - Martin_Canine

3 Symbolic - Death (3 Stars) Symbolic - Death (3 Stars)

This is widely considered Deaths best album and yet allmusic only gave it 3 stars when every other rating from other websites rate this pretty high - christangrant

4 Nina Hagen Band - Nina Hagen Band (2 stars)

This makes me furious. It is one of the most important and influential albums in German music history.

It was in the 70s, probably the best decade for musical rebels (even though it was way before my time and the decade rarely reflects my personal taste), when Nina Hagen, a young woman from East Germany who migrated to West Germany, hit the stage with her band who would later become Spliff. What they recorded is a German punk/new wave album that does not shy away one moment from touchy subjects and is extremely direct about them: Hagen -shrieking, yodelling, screaming, and in between, singing - performs her rants supporting abortion and how she hates being expected to fulfill her "duties" as a woman (having a family and children), she shares her sexual adventures with a woman on a train station toilet with us, or her even more private adventures under the shower in heavy detail, sings about West German T.V. watched by stupid East German teens (not my opinion, just ...more - Martin_Canine

5 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel (4 Stars)

So one of the worst metal albums ever gets 4 stars and yet they gave Altars of Madness only 3 stars - christangrant

6 Mutter - Rammstein (3 stars)

This is easily one of my favorite albums of the early 2000s. 3 stars just shows the review was done by someone who knew nothing about German culture and just figured it was a nice heavy album. - cjWriter1997

Those reviews sound like pretentious hipsters who think they're some top stuff because the got a degree in literature. Oh look at me, I can use big words to describe an album. Look how smart I am everybody. Watch me jerk off to my own vocabulary as I tell you how bad this album I don't really care about is. - cjWriter1997

I know, 3 stars ain't bad, and I could live with the rating alone if the review accompanying it would not treat the band like a novelty act. For those who do not know, "Mutter" ranks among the most lyrically complex German albums ever, citing, referencing and re-interpreting classic European literature and folk tales like Tarantino does the same with movies, and singing interpretable lyrics full of metaphors, double meanings and symbols.
It takes very much intellect to understand the album and you have to dig very deep to find the essence. But AllMusic treats the band like they wouldn't take themselves seriously and delivered a few catchy songs.

PS: Okay, I see now the album was updated to 4 stars. That definitely was not the original rating. But the review is still the same... - Martin_Canine

7 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple (2 Stars)

I am already 100% sure these ratings aren't based on professional reviews by music critics. It's just a list of artists ordered by number of sold copies. Same for the ratings of the Rolling Stone magazine, VH1, and so on. Only an absolutely deaf and musically retarded person would rate Paris Hilton 4.5 stars, and this Deep Purple album 2 Stars. - Metal_Treasure

One of their best albums only gets two stars proves how underrated this is - christangrant

8 The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (2 stars) The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (2 stars)

This is one of the most acclaimed soundtracks of all time, and won two Oscars. And rightfully so. The album includes all of the songs in their movie version, some in versions sung by Elton John and some of the score.
But AllMusic treats the musical songs like mere radio pop songs, and complains that there is not more of the score. They gave it 2 stars.

Suggestion: at least 4 stars. But actually, it deserves more than that. - Martin_Canine

9 Wishmaster - Nightwish (2.5 stars)

Tuomas Holopainen is universally acclaimed as a great poet and composer, and his music has had a huge impact in several European countries and has influenced many artists. Sure, Wishmaster is not among their best works, but it is far from being mediocre and deserves at least 3.5 stars. - Martin_Canine

10 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel (3 Stars)

Serously one of the best Death Metal Albums ever only gets 3 stars this should be 4.5 or 5 stars - christangrant

> 3
LOL. Their best album is rated 3*. Their worst album is rated 4*. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire - Bonnie Tyler (2 stars)

Basically, this wonderfully composed 80s rock masterpiece which had impact at least in Europe, was criticized because the songs on it are too long. Wow.
Strange, because its predecessor rightfully received 4.5 stars and had everything this album has as well. - Martin_Canine

12 Jugulator - Judas Priest (2 Stars)

This Album is extremely underrated, it's by no means perfect, but I think 3.5 or 4 stars would have been fine
(I'll go with 4 stars)

This proves how overhated this album is and yet they gave Demolition 3 stars - christangrant

13 Pocahontas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (2 stars) Pocahontas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (2 stars)

It may not be as influential as The Lion King, but the Pocahontas soundtrack still contains wonderfully composed music with a message, and was also winner of several awards. But AllMusic thinks the songs are a bore and not memorable. Deserves at least 3.5 stars. - Martin_Canine

14 My Winter Storm - Tarja (1.5 stars) My Winter Storm - Tarja (1.5 stars)

Does this need any explaining? One of the greatest singers of the 21st Century sings beautifully composed and performed songs that perfectly fit her wonderful voice, sometimes very mystical and soft, sometimes more rock-ish and cool. But AllMusic gave it one of the harshest reviews I ever read by them. You may think the songs are Nightwish rip-offs, you may even think they are boring and uninspired. But they certainly are not terrible beyond compare. They only have a handful of 1.5 star ratings, so this rating basically means "the worst", and sorry, this is beyond any logical reasoning.

Suggestion: Actually 4 stars. But at least 3. Pretty much everything higher than 1.5 would be more fitting. - Martin_Canine

15 Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 - Helloween (3 stars)

Is just so good as the first one and only had 3 stars, with songs like Dr Stein, Eagle Fly Free and I Want Out

16 Innuendo - Queen (3 Stars)

So the album with "The Show Must Go On" the single greatest vocal preformance of all time (and keep in mind Freddie Mercury was dying when he sang that song) only gets 3 stars? - christangrant

17 So Far, So Good... So What!- Megadeth (2.5 stars)

What the hell? This album had some excellent (and underrated) songs like In My Darkest Hour, Hook In Mouth, Mary jane, Set The World on Fire, and only have the half of the stars?

18 Flick of the Switch - AC/DC (2 stars) Flick of the Switch - AC/DC (2 stars)
19 Lulu - Metallica and Lou Reed (3 stars)

Same case as Weezer's Raditude, the only difference is than Raditude at least is listenable, I give it 1 star

20 Stripped - Christina Aguilera (2 stars)

Yes a swap of ratings between this and the first album would be good a completely mediocre singer gets 4.5 stars whereas an exceptional one in the same genre gets 2 why?

This album has propably the best vocal performances in 21st century pop music, inspiring ballads that stood the test of time, feminism anthems that don't come off as pretentious, true soul, even a bit of rock, a few urban music elements and a bit of electronica, and it's one of the few "Good Girl Gone Bad" albums by former teen stars that are actually mature and not just sexual. Sure, she embraces her sexuality on a few songs, but that's nothing bad.
But AllMusic prefers Paris Hilton.

Suggestion: at least 4, if not 4.5 stars. - Martin_Canine

This is ridiculous - Christina is one of the pop singers that actually CAN sing but yeah, those guys prefer Paris... - Metal_Treasure

21 Far Beyond Driven - Pantera (3 Stars) Far Beyond Driven - Pantera (3 Stars)

It should at least be 4 stars - christangrant

22 Show No Mercy - Slayer (2 stars)

Not as good as Reign In Blood or Seasons In The Abyss... but just 2 stars? Come on Show No Mercy was very important to extreme metal music

23 Suicide Squad: The Album - Various Artists (2.5 stars)

Suicide Squad's soundtrack has been called one of the best of the last few years and a few of the songs can already even be called modern day classics. There is something for rock, indie and hip hop fans and it perfectly blends into the other. But AllMusic doesn't like it that much.
Suggestion: 3.5 stars. - Martin_Canine

24 All the Right Reasons - Nickelback (2 Stars) All the Right Reasons - Nickelback (2 Stars)

Nickelback should always be around 3 to 3.5 stars if you look at them neutrally, except for "No Fixed Address" maybe. "Silver Side Up" is frequently cited as their best, so that one should have 4 stars, also it was the one with the most significance. - Martin_Canine

2 stars seems accurate. Nothing extravagant about this album, maybe 2.5 tops. - cjWriter1997

25 The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera (3 Stars) The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera (3 Stars)

Same as Far Beyond Driven - christangrant

26 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars (2 stars) A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars (2 stars)

Not the best album of all time but deserve at least 3.5 stars

27 One Day Remains - Alter Bridge (2 stars) One Day Remains - Alter Bridge (2 stars)

Ok, not in the same level as Blackbird or Fortress but deserves more than 2 stars

28 A Fever You Can't Sweat Out - Panic! at the Disco (2 stars) A Fever You Can't Sweat Out - Panic! at the Disco (2 stars)

Not so good as Pretty Odd but deserves 3.5 or 4 stars

29 Black Ice - AC/DC (3 stars) Black Ice - AC/DC (3 stars)
30 Appetite for Destruction - Guns' N' Roses (5 Stars) Appetite for Destruction - Guns' N' Roses (5 Stars)

It may not be my kind of music, but this is a highly influential and important album that had great impact on music history, so 5 stars is well deserved. - Martin_Canine

Shouldn't even be close to a 5. - BrianScott01

31 Unbelievable - Sarah Connor (2.5) Unbelievable - Sarah Connor (2.5)

Sometimes I think AllMusic thinks artists that are not known in America aren't as good. Like Aguilera, Connor actually CAN sing, and the album also has perfect production that has strong hip hop/RnB influences but still has pop catchiness. There are wonderfully sung ballads (most notably, her hit single "Skin on Skin") and also her uptempo songs are irresistable and soulful jams rather than silly dance anthems. Also, their review is not exactly negative... they are just not overwhelmingly acclaiming it. Maybe they don't like the samples of 90s hip hop tracks.
But it deserves at least 3.5. - Martin_Canine

32 The Brightest Void - Tarja (2.5 stars) The Brightest Void - Tarja (2.5 stars)

AllMusic appears to not like Tarja. This is a polarizing album that many fans didn't like, as every song on it sounds entirely different (AllMusic calls it "cobbled together"), but the rating again does not reflect the quality of the music, especially since it includes some of her "catchiest" material. But at least it isn't as extreme as the "My Winter Storm" rating. - Martin_Canine

33 Raditude - Weezer (3.5 stars) Raditude - Weezer (3.5 stars)

Deserve less than 3.5 stars, is by far the worst Weezer album and it's kind of ilogical than Make Believe has less stars (3) than this one

Wait what!? Their worst album gets a 3.5!? This is beyond insane. We are entering the "This doesn't even make sense, my brain is exploding" zone.

2 stars at best, just saying. - cjWriter1997

34 Obscured by Clouds - Pink Floyd (2 Stars) Obscured by Clouds - Pink Floyd (2 Stars)

Should be 5 or at least close to a 5. - BrianScott01

35 No Fixed Address - Nickelback (3.5 stars) No Fixed Address - Nickelback (3.5 stars)

As someone who really likes Nickelback: this album was a huge disappointment and their weakest record, does not have any real highlights and no outstanding tracks, and often is straightforward boring. It is insane this has 1.5 stars more than "All the Right Reasons" and "The State", and even 2 stars more than "Dark Horse". In fact, it is even their best rated album on the site, along "Here and Now", which is also not among their best albums but better than this.
This is a rare case where I'd actually give a 2 star rating for Nickelback. The other albums should have 3.5 stars at least. - Martin_Canine

36 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin (2.5 stars)

Techinaclly all the Breaking Benjamin rates in Allmusic are unfair, every album is with 2.5 stars (except Phobia with 3.5 stars and Dark Before Dawn with 3 stars) In my opinion Dear Agony is by far their most unfair rate, is actually in the same level as Phobia (or even better) and only have the half of the stars? That makes no sense, songs like I Will Not Bow, Without You, Dear Agony, Crawl and Give Me A Sign are incredible

37 Neighborhoods - Blink 182 (4 stars)

Come on, 4 stars? Is not even close to Enema Of The State or Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, even California was better than this, Neighborhoods was a very boring album, deserves 2.5 or 2 stars

38 Sticks & Stones - New Found Glory (3 stars)

New Found Glory is one of the most important bands on the pop punk scene, and the album Sticks & Stones shows why they are so good, sadly it isn't so good rated as other pop punk albums, deserves at least 4 stars

39 Homesick - A Day to Remember (2.5 stars)

Same case as New Found Glory's Sticks And Stones, A Day To Remember is another important band in the post-hardcore scene, but their album Homesick was poorly rated, deserves 3.5 or 4 stars

40 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold (2.5 stars)

Looking back it deserves that rating or even lower since the songs are ripoffs of other songs by other bands mainly Metallica, Megadeth, and Guns n' Roses - christangrant

What is the problem with this? even Sounding The Seventh Trumpet has more rate than this album (3 stars) Maybe Hail To The King isn't so good as City Of Evil or the Self titled album, but deserves more than 2.5 stars

41 Somewhere in Time - Iron Maiden (3.5 stars)

Is in the same level as The Number Of The Beast and Powerslave and only have 3.5 stars... deserves 4 or 4.5 stars

42 Brave New World - Iron Maiden (3.5 stars)

Same case as Somewhere In Time, is an amazing album and only have 3.5 stars when it deserves 4.5

43 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park (2.5 stars)

Apparently allmusic had the same problems as the LP fanbase, in my opinion there are some great stuff in Minutes To Midnight, deserves at least 3.5 or 4 stars

44 Absolution - Muse (3 stars)

Not a bad rating but it deserves more

45 Only by the Night - Kings of Leon (3 stars)

This is Kings Of Leon's best album and only had 3 stars? Deserves 4 at least

46 Ram It Down - Judas Priest (2 stars)

This rate is weird, Ram It Down is a great Judas album and only had 2 stars? Come on guys, it was better than Turbo

47 Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest (2.5 stars)

Same as Ram It Down, a great album that helped Judas Priest and only 2.5 stars, with amazing songs like Angel, Judas Rising, Hell Rider and Deal With The Devil

48 Load - Metallica (2.5 stars)

Is funny when Re-Load, St Anger AND EVEN LULU had more rate than this one (3 stars) When actually Load deserves 3.5, St Anger 2.5 stars and Lulu doesn't deserve any stars

49 Meteora - Linkin Park (3 stars)

The only Linkin Park albums with good rating on allmusic are Hybrid Theory (4) Living Things (3.5) and The Hunting Party (3.5) Meteora is actually better than LT and THP and only had 3 stars, deserve 4 stars at least

50 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold (3 stars)

I know A7X is one of the most overrated metal bands actually, but this album completely deserves more rating, with songs like Afterlife, A Little Piece Of Heaven, Critical Acclaim and Almost Easy and only had 3 stars? This is incredible

I actually agree with this rating this album is just boring - christangrant

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Top Remixes

1. Paris - Paris Hilton (4.5 stars)
2. Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple (2 Stars)
3. Dark Horse - Nickelback (1.5 stars)
1. Paris - Paris Hilton (4.5 stars)
2. Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel (4 Stars)
3. Symbolic - Death (3 Stars)
1. Nina Hagen Band - Nina Hagen Band (2 stars)
2. The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (2 stars)
3. Wishmaster - Nightwish (2.5 stars)


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