All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 8,866 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Diotima
Lowest review score: 20 Graffiti
Score distribution:
8,866 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Picking up the ball right about where Air dropped it after Moon Safari, Röyksopp produced one of the most intriguing downbeat albums of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Once in a Lifetime does run out of steam toward the end, it has to be said that it doesn't outstay its welcome, and apart from a track or two at the very end, this is a compelling, entertaining listen from start to finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a long lost Fluid disc, Electric Sweat proffers primordial MC5 riffs with a healthy dose of soul as only four white guys in leather jackets with every Motown record in their collections could manage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Earthquake Glue isn't a masterpiece, it's as close as this band can be expected to get, and is the rare Guided By Voices effort that's imaginative enough for longtime loyalists and tight enough for dabblers at the same time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vespertine isn’t so much a departure from her previous work as a culmination of the musical distance she’s traveled...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful balance of beautiful indie rock and subtle country.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's enough of a reinvention to suggest that Britney will know what to do when the teen-pop phenomenon of 1999-2001 passes for good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its subtle textural enhancement, the album renders the esoteric pleasures of Todd's compositions and highly individual songs considerably more accessible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's little doubt to Since I Left You's status as one of the most intimate and emotional dance records that isn't vocal-based.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like both Radiohead and Foo Fighters, Cave In is a stylistic chameleon that rarely uses its freewheeling taste as a crutch to present self-indulgent material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may not be Mouse on Mars' most ambitious albums, but it's among the group's most successful -- it's not at all difficult to feel a connection to this truly intelligent dance music.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ladies of Northern State deliver funky breaks and tight grooves on Dying in Stereo, and keep the hip-hop flavor without being vulgar and crass.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Franti and Spearhead almost made a deliberate attempt to stray from the typical hip-hop beats and go for something a bit more organic and acoustic than their previous efforts -- and the experiments more than pay off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Haha Sound may not be Broadcast's most superficially perfect album, but it's a more challenging and exciting one because of its deliberate imperfections.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where The Great Eastern was a fairly gentle and tentative record in a lot of ways, this one is bigger and demands your attention. The good news is that it's one of those rare records that actually deserves all of the attention it demands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has the singer infused more mainstream rock elements (prominent strummed guitars) into her music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half dance party, half political rally, Gotham is a rock record for a new era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who have been waiting for Gomez to come up with something that truly rivals their amazing debut Bring It On, wait no longer. This one is great.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Steve Earle proves again and again that he is the original alternative to the glossy side of Nashville.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be country, but that doesn't matter; When the Sun Goes Down is winning, sturdy mainstream pop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dear Catastrophe Waitress [is] the richest musical offering yet from Belle & Sebastian.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warning may not be an innovative record, per se -- it's a pop album through and through -- but it's tremendously satisfying, finding the band at a peak of songcraft and performance. There hasn't been a better pure pop album since Supergrass' In It for the Money, another record by a young band that did it all and did it without a trace of self-consciousness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Joan of Arc have once more surpassed themselves as artists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Onoffon doesn't quite top Burma's 1982 masterpiece Vs., it manages to sound like the more-than-worthy follow-up they could have cut a couple years later ... only with two decades of experience and musical detours informing its nooks and crannies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Keith is happy to be a dirty old SOB, cracking jokes, drinking beer, and flirting with the ladies, and that makes Shock'n Y'All a fun, rough, rowdy album that wins you over despite your better impulses.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything here is in its right place, making Kesto (234.48:4) perhaps the only Pan Sonic album you'd ever need to own, for every style of music the group has ever recorded is presented at length and it's all produced as masterfully as ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This time out, Eitzel has built his arrangements around spare keyboard lines, atmospheric electronic samples, and percussion loops that blend with his voice and acoustic guitar to create an effect that suggest a more spare, organic version of Portishead, or a Jon Brion production that's stuck in a blue funk. But the new surroundings suit the songs quite well...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carl Newman deserves every last bit of praise thrown his way. In a better world, he would be our Elton, our Todd, our McCartney, and Slow Wonder would be on everyone's iPod, rotating on M2 hourly, and his name would be on the lips of everyone from aged Royalty to teen-aged girls.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.