My systems of stars in the reviews is relatively flexible
***** is the absolute top, if you don't buy this album, you're crazy. These albums are good today, and still tomorrow. Top-10 material of the year.
**** is what could belong to the top-100 of the year. Excellent with a limited time frame.
*** is OK, well played, some creative ideas, but probably not consistently on the whole CD.
** is nice try, but next time better.
* not worth listening to.
The halves are in between (dig?)
So why do I give so many stars to all the albums in put in my reviews? Well, because I listen to far more CD's than I review. And I enjoy it to share what I like, rather than to give negative comments on the ones I don't like (except of course, if they're really bad, then I might enjoy commenting). Just like you would like to know what is worthwhile to listen to, rather than to have a list of albums to avoid.