I definitely miss the scores from the RA reviews. Even though I didn’t pay much attention to them when it came to my favorite BUY ON SIGHT artists, it did give me some level of guidance when exploring new artists. And in some cases reassured me of purchases. Writers may be relieved, and music is art, but it is also goods one purchases and spends money on, so I appreciated the scores. It was also interesting to contrast the scores if they were reviewed elsewhere, P4k, Exclaim, RYM, etc.
The comments section were useful for me too, I never had an account there, but did notice the comments section kind go off the deep end for Objekt’s LP last year. Still, I miss the scores and comments, as crazy as they got sometimes, it was still a community, and now only have the RA Recommends section of the site as guidance…hopefully that’s not the next to go.
Still, for me at least, these are two things that helped guide me in electronic music.