Unbiased, are you kidding?
The only way for someone to look at this "unbiased" is to not review it on this site.
I'm not bashing this review (or reviewer), I just don't understand what's with all the criticism and such surrounding them on this site, when there are far worse bands.
My main goal with this review (and all reviews I write) is to be as objective as possible. AP makes this easier by including the ratings criteria. I try to keep how much I like an album or band out of my ratings and reviews. You'll notice I never mentioned whether I liked the album or not. I just basically gave the album a rating based on the criteria and attempted to justify those ratings with the review.
Now, if you read Joe DeAndrea's review, he mentions something to the effect that Blood Rush
was the soundtrack of his summer or something like that. That sets up a biased review. While I'm sure a lot of people enjoy reading reviews with a personal touch, that's not my style. I feel it's more important to say that a certain quality on the album was good or band and explain why rather than say how much I liked or didn't like the album, although sometimes I guess this will be evident in the review.
I made a point to mention the positive improvements the band made on this record, and it wasn't meant to be a scathingly negative review at all, merely an objective one. There are those that hate the band unconditionally and others that like them. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle and did my best to express that.