This was very much myself last year. I thought it would be “unfair” to the artists/albums to not explain in some way why I gave the record a particular score. Like Jimpy, the constant writing meanit I ended up feeling burnt out which just led to me not writing or rating things for a while, which was the exact opposite of why I signed up to this site.
What personally helped make that final push was making an end of year list and realising that some of the albums that were making the list were ones that were popular to talk about (so I’d written a review), but didn’t care for that much e.g. Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways.
Currently I now just try to write at least 1 review a week and if a new album is an 8+ I’ll push myself a little to write about that, otherwise I’m much happier to just rate things at the moment. Forcing myself led to poorly written and usually rushed reviews and in the end hurt me, so I feel much better with this situation.
Like Jimpy said, finding a review structure you can lean back on can be a helpful tool when writing longer reviews. I personally use this one, or some variant for most of mine:
1.Short history of the artist, particularly my connection to their previous works
2.Any general aspects to the album i.e. regular lyrical themes, genres that are consistently explored, any features that appear multiple times, even particular instruments etc.
3. Individual songs. Depending on how I feel about the album I either:
a) focus on a few favourites and my least favourite track, or
b) if I really want to I’ll go song-by-song.
4. Any general issues I have with record whether that’s songwriting, production, mixing, whatever.
5. Short paragraph concluding my thoughts, focusing on positives and even hopes for the artist’s next work