I think what perhaps we all need to keep in mind is that there are at least two different categories of people who are likely to post their audio to a site like NG:
1) People who are already into composition, etc, find NG, and use it as another way to get exposure, etc. This category of person likely already has their work up on their personal/portfolio websites, bandcamp, soundcloud, etc.
2) People who use NG as their first foray into the whole concept of writing music/audio and putting it on the internet for others to use/hear. This person sees NG as a way to get feedback with the goal/idea of the NG community helping them grow into person #1.
This is why, imo, we're going back and forth here (and elsewhere on the forums) about whether or not zero-bombing is a big deal. I fit more in that latter category, and I can say that my whole perception of the site and my excitement to participate in NG took a huge hit when I uploaded my 3rd little loop, pulled up the "latest" list to make sure that it was there, and found that someone had already bombed it. I've come to accept things the way they are, but my hopes/expectations for the site are much lower than they used to be. That former category could care less, it's just the way it is, etc etc. If the goal of the site is to attract and retain that latter category of person, then the review system needs to be a priority. If we're not very concerned about them, then sure, the review system is fine. Scattered thoughts:
I definitely agree with that we need the vote count back. If I'm going to just accept that I'm going to get bombed, I at least need to be able to tell when my low score is due to bombing and when I just suck.
Tops on my list is probably something like the old "audio/edit" view where I can see all my tracks, votes, score, reviews, and if there are any new. New reviews using the notification system would also be fine, but I'd like to see my scores, too.