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I just cleared all visible review tasks, but still the review notification cries
$\hskip2in$ "~22 posts awaiting review"
Does "~" mean that the service is just too slow to, or what? Or is it meant as a crude approximation?
Believe it or not, this is by design. My solution is to hide the distracting orange light with user CSS, and instead use a bookmarklet that shows current review count in the tab name of the review page.