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We all need feedback. Sure, the more you write, the more you understand what not to do- but the best approach to take with writing can sometimes be an elusive thing. In helping me with my Of Montreal review a couple years back, our dear Rudy pointed out that I used the word “frothy” in a hilariously incorrect way. Even MichaelJordan probably ran his anti-Circle-Takes-The Square reviews by his roommates before shit-posting them onto this site.

“Where are the jabs at the unnecessarily obtuse lyrics, MJ? Elaborate on those, man.”

Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that this is a good time of the year for constructive criticism. Hot on the heels of promotions, some of you ended up with an official title on the site (and an avatar that’s too big, just because why not,) and as a result, want to make sure your writing’s up to snuff. On the other hand, some of you may be wondering why you didn’t land the position for which you aimed- maybe you’re confident with your writing, but don’t know what’s missing. Or perhaps you simply post here because you like talking about your favorite records, and have been looking for more solidified feedback for quite some time.

The point of this blog post is to provide a place on the Sputnik review site where you can post a review in a comment below- and receive feedback fairly soon. Reminder: the forums side of this site has a Proofreading Thread that specializes in this, so when this blog inevitably dies down, feel free to put that thread to good use. I plan on making this blog something that’s done every now and then, though, to provide help to anyone that needs it- and is looking for more thorough feedback than is granted on the thread.

I’ll be providing feedback, and because I’m a hasty motherfucker I can’t say with confidence who else will be able to help out- but regardless, by leaving a comment below you’ll get a different perspective than your own. It’s easy to edit your own writing to a tee, but it’s more challenging- and rewarding- to have others give you your take on it. People interpret write-ups in different ways, so if you’d like to take this opportunity to better yourself as a writer then consider taking advantage of this. And if you’d prefer to discuss specifics out of the public eye of the Internet, feel free to email me at omaha.sputnik@gmail.com.

There are already some great writers on this site, and I’d love to be able to help out in any way I can. So leave comments in the section below this post, and let’s get this thing rolling.





Omaha
02.13.14
Example post:

JACOB I THINK MY AESOP ROCK REVIEW WAS PRETTY GOOD BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT DO YOU THINK

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/50843/Aesop-Rock-Skelethon/

Omaha
02.13.14
Jacob that isn't a bad review but the degree of fluff is at least ten times what it should be, man. "Aesop Rock hasn’t ever truly met his potential, and this can be attributed to disharmony in his discography." I think I'd choke on that sentence if I had to read it aloud. Other than that, man, descriptions are on point! 8.9 BNW

itchybutthole
02.13.14
damn my man jac is a big dawg now

Breaded
02.13.14
Hi Jacob, I just wrote a review of Foxing's The Albatross and I feel it's getting better from some of my earlier reviews. I'm still trying to gain a good grasp of putting my opinions and stuff into an argument. What do you think?

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60962/Foxing-The-Albatross/

Crysis
02.13.14
where is my big avatar I DEMAND ONE SPACE KITTEH MUST BE SEEN

Omaha
02.13.14
Just to clarify, I'll be leaving criticism on you guys' respective reviews unless you'd prefer to shoot me an email.

Atari
02.13.14
this is an awesome idea. I recently got some feedback from staff but another opinion never hurts. I'll post back shorty with one of my recent reviews

fish.
02.13.14
love you jacob

Curse.
02.13.14
no thx

heyadam
02.13.14
Really cool blog idea. I wrote this review for the latest Switchfoot record a few weeks ago and it got a neg without anybody explaining why, and I realize that my conclusion and argument in the review isn't a popular one on this site... but I wanted to get somebody to objectively look at it.


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60829/Switchfoot-Fading-West/

SeaAnemone
02.13.14
I don't know Curse, I think Jacob Royal could really have an effect on your next All That Remains "classic" review. I'd take him up on this offer.

Green Baron
02.13.14
JACOB I THINK MY DALLAS BUYERS CLUB REVIEW WAS PRETTY GOOD BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60973/Soundtrack-Dallas-Buyers-Club/

Ecnalzen
02.13.14
Agreed, great idea, Omaha.

BigHans
02.13.14
critique the Rush review I wrote today I was serious as fuck about it.

Curse.
02.13.14
"I don't know Curse, I think Jacob Royal could really have an effect on your next All That Remains "classic" review. I'd take him up on this offer. "

Aww man burned me with a band I don't care about!

TheMoreira
02.13.14
JACOB I THINK MY MANDROID ECHOSTAR REVIEW WAS PRETTY GOOD BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/58412/Mandroid-Echostar-Mandroid-Echostar/

I'm curious...

Atari
02.13.14
Here's one of my more recent reviews. I don't care if you want to leave feedback in the review or just shoutbox me, but I'm looking forward to hearing how I can improve.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60074/Darkspace-Dark-Space-I/




Curse.
02.13.14
Can I recommend other people's reviews for feedback? I'd be down for that.



TheMoreira
02.13.14
Oh yeah, leave a comment on the review or something Jacob!! Hope i get some sweet tips. Thanks in advance

Mongi123
02.13.14
Can you critique my most recent please? I'd love to hear what you think.

[u]http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60913/Miracle-of-Sound-Vistas/[/u]

BigHans
02.13.14
Anyone else here old enough to remember when Chan maliciously reviewed one of Bulldogs reviews in the staff blog?

TheSpirit
02.13.14
Of course

Iluvatar
02.13.14
Email me at lolbutts420@blazeit.com for indepth anal-ysis of your reviews

TheSpirit
02.13.14
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2010/05/04/chans-plans-9-reviewing-reviews/

theacademy
02.13.14
what is this hahaha

Omaha
02.13.14
i dk man i think someone hacked my account bc i sure didn't post this

Iluvatar
02.13.14
making michaeljordan jokes in 2014

~jacob "omaha" roayl~

Iluvatar
02.13.14
you should change your name to roayl

theacademy
02.13.14
jacob royal anagram for "Oral Joy Cab"

BigHans
02.13.14
#freeMJ

FromDaHood
02.14.14
Can you free Lil Boosie so I can't review again?

spookynewghostfriend
02.14.14
cool thread im gonna post in the proofreading thread from now cuz it exists lol

climactic
02.14.14
rip mj

thelastsignal
02.14.14
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60730/The-Candlepark-Stars-Very-Big-Sky/

Hey Jacob, I'd love it if you could let me know what you think of this one. I appreciate it!

snowbbird
02.14.14
Hey I just posted my first review very recently and I would love to have some more feedback. Thank you!
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60994/HRVRD-From-the-Birds-Cage/

klap
02.14.14
sweet name drop ~bow~

Green Baron
02.17.14
Also posted this in the Proofreading Thread: but working on a review for midget Tossing. Feedback appreciated.

EDIT: Looks like comment's too long to take the whole review.

Calc
02.17.14
no one ever leaves me feedback so i quit forever


*good..*

Cygnatti
02.17.14
sputnik had better be paying you, omaha. :x

Omaha
02.17.14
the main form of payment I get around these parts is unsupervised spooning sessions with SgtPepper

Green Baron
02.17.14
Feedback, Omaha?

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/61038/Yellowcard-Midget-Tossing/

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