We’ve decided from this point onwards to stop numerically rating albums; the average score was climbing above five, and since we introduced the system it has become clear there are extensive personal and cultural differences in how these ratings are viewed. February 2006 - December 2006 We have recently changed UM's review rating system; being the nice guys and gals we are, our average score had slipped up to seven out of ten. We realise, however, that having numerical rating and not having the average at half the top score, however, is a bit counter-intuitive. So, after much debate, we have come up with a new set of score which we will endeavour to stick to: 0 - 1.5: Awful . . . don't bother. 2 - 3.5: Below average . . . only buy if you wipe your bum with large bills. 4 - 6: Average . . . buy if you really like this style. 6.5 - 8: Above average . . . definitely worth checking out. 8.5 - 9.5: Excellent . . . nearly essential for all fans of extreme music. 10 Classic . . . if you don't own this you should be crucified. All reviews posted since the beginning of February adhere to this system, as will all in the future. Feel free to post comments below.