A number of you new visitors to the Good Ship Fugitive Motel may ponder as to why on earth we mark singles and albums out of six, to one decimal point.
Well, last summer, when we started thinking about the music section of the website properly, we asked people what they thought about marks out of ten, marks out of five and star ratings.
We soon realised you were all really bored of marks out of ten and star ratings out of five. Those of you who'd written music reviews for also commented on how difficult it is to write a three-star review, as three can mean good or bad, depending on how you view it.
Also, there's a far greater range of quality out there than can be defined by mere marks and half-marks.
Somebody also told Kate, the Motel's long-suffering editor and purveyor of far-fetched ideas, that they thought it would be a good idea after she'd had a few glasses of wine on holiday, but this is purely inconsequential.
So, we follow a system like they used to have with ice-skating and mark all our singles and albums out of six. Here's how we standardise those marks, to help you make some sense of them...
5.0 - 6.0
Up to 5.5 = Excellent.
Above 5.5 = So fantastic you wonít hear from the contributor for another month as they'll still be in recovery, having exhausted themselves physically and mentally trying to find the necessary superlative to describe the single or album in question.
Good to very good. This shows genuine promise.
ĎPromisingí - not shit, but not great either. Could get better. The higher end of this scale is reserved for things which are quite good, but could have been better.
Mediocre. Could get better, but there's a lot of work to do.
Awful. Little chance of getting any better with time.
So bad itís like fingernails down a blackboard. Canít get any worse.