Album Review Assignment
Select an album from the album collection found here:
After selecting ONE album from the selected list of albums you will engage in active listening and thorough research of the album and recording artist(s). While listening to your selected album, use the outline below to organize your thoughts before writing a review. You do not need to address all of the suggested topics or questions, but use them as prompts in order to write an informative and thorough music review. DO NOT USE OUTLINE FORM (as shown below) to present your album review. It should look like an album review you would read in a music magazine or online. The outline below is simply a prompt to assist you.
Name of musician/band
Name of Album
Type of music
II. Musician/Band Background
List of participating musicians and instruments used. Focus on the “main players”, not the added studio musicians.
Background. How long have they been around? Are they well known in the music scene?
Previously released CDs or songs
How does this album compare to others by this group or artist?
If there is a concept, or something that ties the songs of the album together, explain this. Many of the selected albums will be have an overarching concept or connection through the course of the songs.
Quote some lyrics and provide your interpretation
Explain how elements of the songs on the album are a reflection of the artist or band
Write about at least four songs from the album in detail. If you’re feeling ambitious, briefly describe each song on the album.
IV. Impressions and Opinions
Impressions after thorough listening. Justify your opinions
Unique elements of the album
Comparisons to another band, or artist
V. Recommendations and final comments
Rate on a scale of 1-10 or give a letter grade
Is this album worth purchasing?
Is this album essential to the history of Rock and Roll (Popular Music)? Is it essential to the sub-genre it is connected to?
The concert/album review should bea minimum of four pages in length, double-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman or Calibri. You MUST submit your album review through this Album Review Assignment Headquarters page.
ALWAYS CITE YOUR SOURCES!!!
Your paper must be your own original work. Papers which are found to contain material copied from other sources will receive a grade of zero. All submissions will be checked for plagiarized material using VeriCite.
Something Else by the Kinks (1967), the Kinks [album lyrics (Links to an external site.)] (1960’s Brit-Pop, Psychedelia
The Kinks – Something Else by the Kinks (Links to an external site.)
Revolver (1966), The Beatles (album lyrics (Links to an external site.))
***This album comes on and off youtube. If you choose to review it, you will have to use a streaming service to access all the tracks, or purchase the album.***
The Beatles – Revolver (Links to an external site.)
I Never Loved a Man the Way
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