AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 12,644 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Ram [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings
Score distribution:
12644 music reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A bumpy, oddly compelling restart, Purpose should hook open-minded pop fans who previously paid him no mind, and it could even win back some of those who wrote Bieber off years ago.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The range in quality here indicates that superior work is in reserve.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Neither horrible nor great, Time of the Assassins is an unassuming album, a working holiday that was probably more enjoyable to make than for anyone besides die-hard Strokes fans to hear.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's another conventional rock record, thrashing guitar hooks and throbbing bass lines are in place, but frontman Max Collins has lyrically improved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With each multi-layered cut, the trio shows pop songwriting skills not often seen in such cookie-cutter times -- especially in the particularly staid field of alt-rock.... this bold album takes you on an aural adventure of strings, guitars, and hooks paired with intelligent lyrics and taut instrumentation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Go
    Once fans shift into the proper gear, [Go] really shows that these guys are capable of something more expansive than anything they've done before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Currents would have made a decent Kevin Parker solo album, people coming to the album and expecting to hear the Tame Impala they are used to will most likely end up quite disappointed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cheek to Cheek is a record where the music and even the songs take a backseat to the personalities.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While their willingness to experiment is admirable, despite the fact that they've gone overboard with their overdubs, the overabundance of studio polish leaves one to wonder if it's not because the songs just aren't as strong this time around.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Motley Crue has been trumpeting their hedonism for so long and so loudly that it's become more of a caricature than a way of life, and while Saints of Los Angeles is the best thing they've laid to tape since their codpiece heydays, it's more of a walk down memory lane/sunset strip than a legitimate call to arms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An easy recommendation for fan club members and/or serial killers. Everyone else has two or three better Cooper concepts to devour first.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Enjoyment of the Rapture's Tapes necessitates unfamiliarity with the majority of its contents, indifference to acute sequencing and, naturally, deep interest in what the band views as classic and fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Waterfall suggests maybe My Morning Jacket would be better off doing a few things well rather than losing their way down several different paths.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is the recording that the homogenous Dream Harder failed to become. It's ambitious, moody, surreal, and relevant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whereas the first solo effort was somewhat lo-fi and reminiscent of Lou Barlow, Golden D, which is named after the musical chord, focuses on rock -- the hard and fast variety -- and suggests Sonic Youth and Sex Pistols.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Styrofoam represents the part of the Morr Music roster where the first three letters of the label's name might as well stand for "middle of the road."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Luda hasn't slipped into the complacent lap of luxury as deeply as some of his fellow platinum contemporaries, but it's evident that he's not as hungry as he once was.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too
    While parts of Too show FIDLAR trying to find their footing, it's all part of their evolution and is not without its charms.
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    • 60 Critic Score
    The long-awaited release from former Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir's jam band Ratdog shouldn't disappoint hungry Deadheads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For the most part, The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 does feel right: it has the form and sound of classic soul while never acknowledging that R&B continued to develop past, say, 1972. For an audience that agrees with that thesis, this is fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Self-describing their sound as "fight-pop," the impossible-to-type Scottish six-piece Dananananaykroyd stay true to their word on second album There Is a Way, which appears to be waging a war against staying in tune, coherent lyrics, and the concept of subtlety on 12 anarchic tracks that attempt to pummel listeners into submission.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Björk-based art piece works better when consumed as album number two.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes, this approach is entirely too slick, particularly when the rhythms are pounding too hard on 'Wild at Heart' and 'You Said,' but at their best, Gloriana can evoke the forgotten charms of '70s studio-centric soft rock in both its mellow and rocking incarnations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Between the Senses rests with honesty and a tenderness similar to the likes of the Verve, but without pretense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Summers and Weikel's talent and craft are all over The Helio Sequence, but this music is more than a bit short on inspiration, and the finished product sounds less like music they had a passion to create than something they were put up to--which is just what they tell us it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It doesn't take long to notice that the men of Camper Van Beethoven were having a lot more fun up north, while El Camino Real finds them playing with a technical skill that puts their early classics to shame but sounding curiously short on the joy and spontaneity that were once this band's trademark.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As Boeckner repeats the words "I have no feelings" in the last song, he seems to be driving home a point. Prior Handsome Furs outings had a lot more emotion behind them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Musically, it's closest to Adore, yet it's a distant cousin: if that album hinted at '80s synth rock and goth, this re-creates the spirit and sound of 1986, right down to the robotic pulse of the rhythms, the cold, slick surface of the production, and the brooding, self-absorbed atmosphere.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a remix album not for fairweather travelers but rather the hardcore Little Monsters, the kind who love every gesture grand or small from Gaga, but it also displays enough imagination to appeal to those listeners who fall into neither camp and are only looking for some darkly elastic dance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Of limited appeal, but appealing nonetheless.