As far as reading reviews on this site, I will only do that if I have absolutely no idea who the band is or after I've already listened to the album in question. For example, if somebody reviews Gaslight Anthem (one of my favorite bands) I'm NOT going to check it out until after I've heard it/made my own impressions. But if somebody reviews Hands Like Houses (I have no clue who this band is) I'll check it out to see if it might be for me. I also never look at the score. Nothing personal, I just don't like scored reviews that much.