It's kind of cute actually, not that I gave it a great score.
There are definitely differing opinions on this question, but this is how I score things too.I gave the whole Tug of War album really low scores (like 2-4 or something), it's just not my cup of tea.
Reading your averages, I think I gave relatively brutal scores in general. Because I was rating Carly against herself and if for example Love Me Like That is a 10, Fever hast to be a bit lower, even though I love both songs.
If I was rating Carly against all other music, both those songs would be 12/10.
So which is the correct way?
It's funny because I went back and tried to score on a harsher scale for these reasons but I still ended up with so many 9s and 10s because I couldn't help it. Oop.In my opinion, the point of a rate is to measure an artist against their own body of work, rather than to score songs in a totally objective vacuum. As such, I personally find it useful to use the full 10 point scale we are given, rather than trying to cram 80% of an artist's discography into a 2.5 point range. I rank out all the songs in order of my personal preference before I even start assigning scores.
To your other point, I agree that the exercise becomes sorta pointless if you're going to throw 10s at 10+ songs. Do I think Carly has over 10 songs that are basically perfect? Of course, she undeniably does. But if I am able to identify/rank favorites from within that "basically perfect" group of songs, then it no longer behoves me to give them all 10s, since I would like my absolute favorites to ultimately rank higher. The whole point of a rate is to make choices, which you fundamentally aren't doing if you give a large number of songs the same score... I generally try to limit myself to five 10s.
So I decided to check out what are Carly's "worst" songs and... I'm really liking "To Be Without You" and actually consider it better than most of her poppy hits/fan faves. Yes, it's nothing spectacular by any means, but her vocals never sounded so clear (the 'screechy' comment, are we even listening to the same song?), there's a melancholy feel present and the melodies are very pretty. Channeling her own Stefani Germanotta era.
... yeah, I don't belong here.
I won't be checking the Justin collab because I'm scared I might enjoy that one too.