What resources do you use to help you decide on a music purchase

I prefer to buy albums than singles, even when doing it as downloads. But sometimes it can be hard to discern the quality of an album. Amazon reviews are useless, while when I review I write a paragraph detailing what makes an album great or not so great, most people's review consists of "Excellent!".

With today's technology the best method seems to be to preview the whole album via iTunes and/or watch their videos in YouTube. While this is a great way to finalize a decision once you narrow your choices down, with thousands of choices, it's impractical to do that with all of them.

Do you know a good trusted source for critical reviews?

BTW, if you post a review in Amazon or iTunes remember this posting and put something useful.

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