Update - July 2017 - RYM has taken a bit of a backseat to other things over the last year and whilst I'm still working my way through [List347343] chronologically, progress is slow and I may never finish as I get distracted by other listening options.
Update - June 2013 - Lately I've been immersing myself in a blend of late 60's and early 70's rock in a bid to educate myself on what I missed out on when I was too young. It's an ongoing project that may never end.
I've also being playing SongPop a lot and come to realise that whilst I like so many genres, I will never like most rap, country, jazz, soul, ska, reggae. What do all these have in common? Lack of decent guitar work.
Commenced on RYM by reviewing all the Status Quo albums released up until that time. 34 reviews for one artist!
I like to read what people have to say about albums and my goal is to also write reviews, not only for my collection but for any album I listen to in full. I like to wait until new releases have been checked out by others whose opinions I value and then choose just some of the best to listen to. I don't have unlimited time so it makes sense to use filters and RYM friends are great filters. Generally speaking, I'll add users who write reviews to my RYM friend list.
I'll listen to practically anything as long as I think it's good but unfortunately I was too willing to listen to FM radio throughout the 80s and 90s and consequently missed out on hearing many acts that I probably would've liked, so I have a lot of catch up to do and I'm constantly checking out old releases, especially some 70s stuff I was too young to appreciate when it first came out.
In 2009, I became a bit of a convert to Power, Symphonic and, to a lesser extent, Progressive Metal since finding the awesome Epic Rock Radio (epicrockradio.com) on the internet that year. I also no longer feel the need to be able to physically touch my albums. Having a digital copy on my computer and iPod is just fine. I just don't understand the notion of having to buy a physical copy of an album before listening to it either. Buying a second hand album doesn't help the artist. Listening to it on a music service does, even if it's only a tiny bit. Try before you buy is one of the very best things you can do on the internet.
Oh, and don't expect to find loads of 5 star albums in my collection. 5 stars is reserved only for the very best.