However there are no good songs and no memorable melodies in the entire album. I don't actively dislike any song of the album. However there is nothing good in it whatsoever
The way I see it an album with zero good songs is a 5/15 even if it is inoffensive
4/15 or below is when you get to outright hatred.
7/15 is an album where the negative outweigh the positive and there are more bad songs than good song (so a 10 track album with 4 good songs and 6 bad songs).
6/15 is an album where the album that has 1-2 good songs in there but the rest of the album sucks
5/15 is an album with zero track that would be consider good. An album where 10 songs are mediocre I would give it 5/15 because there is nothing good in the album and nothing in there to make me even listen to sections of the album
Around the sun is a really bland boring tedious album and the album whole is worst than the sum of it parts. It's difficult to listen to it start to finish. However if I look at the individual tracks, I can identify hooks in most of the songs (although Aftermath is horrible and the worst single of REM career). Most of the songs in Around th sun could have been salvageable by injecting dynamics and dramatic flow to the songs and more energy and creativity in the arrangement. However the core songwriting of the album has solid foundation.