So what if someone doesn't like dark side of the moon? No need to threaten to beat them up or insult them! Some sound as if they'd burn the persons house down! By the way I can't stad the morose dull album My address is................
I've noticed this too & I swear there's a correlation between the number of stars you put & the number of helpful votes (5 Stars & you'll get lots of helpful votes, 1 Star & you'll get angry trolls & lots of negative votes).
It's bugged me for a while, but I came to the Stoic conclusion that I couldn't change them, only change myself. Even though my opinions on religion & politics are very dear to me (I think the truth is *very* important), I chose to delete all my reviews that had been trolled or had large volumes of negative votes on them & guess what? My reviewer 'helpful' rating shot up 10% & one review I deleted dispensed with 50 negative votes in one go!
I looked through the Dark Side of the Moon reviews & couldn't find yours. However, I did come across a lot of negative votes (including one guy with 90 negative votes versus 4 positive!) And the comments on them? Jeez - here's One of them:
"No, [the review writer] is a bell end, and should be entitled to no opinion based on his lack of inteligence "
Hardly eloquent criticism, but you can bet the fellow left a negative vote & never returned!
Anyways, you probably think I'm patronising and/or a wimp, but I have just recognised that people on Amazon are here to be happy in their choices & that, if they're looking at an item, it's likely that they want to buy it & so won't listen to criticism unless it falls in with their views.
And there are also many other forums for discussing controversial opinions, where people can't waste your time (unless you want them to).
Hope that helps. Oh, and I liked your review of 'Glee'. I too dislike manufactured pop, but know that a whole lot of people (e.g. L Mills) get their kicks from it...
What irritates me about bad reviews (assuming they're actually about the product and not "this still hasn't arrived in the post" gripes, which have no place in the reviews section) is not that they're critical of the product they're reviewing but that more often than not they're fairly insubstantial, favouring sneery dismissiveness over real critical engagement with whatever it is they're supposed to be discussing- the OP's Clash reviews are prime examples- what's actually *wrong* with those albums?
Negative reviews are very likely to appear to have been written by a cynical arsehole with an axe to grind or a serious case of internet tough guy syndrome to work through, so unless you can demonstrate that you've thought carefully about *why* you dislike a product so much and have something resembling an argument to back up your position and prove you *aren't* a cynical internet tough guy arsehole trying to annoy people, that's exactly what you'll seem like, and other readers will react accordingly.
Oh, and writing "I've only listened to this album once" or "I gave up halfway through this book" is a sure-fire way to rob your review of any credibility- if you can't even pay the artist the respect of giving their work proper consideration before you rubbish it on the internet, why should anyone respect your opinion?
As an aside, Nugent_Dirt's review of DSOTM (2 stars) is a much better example of how to write a critical review. I don't *agree* with everything he says, but he's assembled a proper argument for his rating, so fair play to him.