I usually look at reviews and music critics' comments on certain albums that I have an interest in purchasing. Of course in this day and age one can listen to the music in question on the net.
Also reknown critics like Robert Christgau will comment on something and I will take notice,,,he stated that Pavement were the best group of the 1990s so I checked the group out...they're awesome but since I hate the word "best" in qualifying music I can't agree with him !
If the review is good then it encourages me to buy it all the more. However if the review is not favorable it won't matter anyway ! The fact that it got a bad review makes it even more interesting to purchase so I ignore the critics and buy it anyway.
I must say however that recommendations from our MD members usually are right on the mark for the most part !!!!...excellent service !!!!