AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 13,063 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Achtung Baby [Super Deluxe]
Lowest review score: 20 Graffiti
Score distribution:
13063 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big K.R.I.T., Rapsody, and CeeLo Green boost PRhyme 2 with their distinctive voices and energies. At a time when multiple producers and playlists/mixtapes rule the rap game, the focus and intent on PRhyme 2 are comforts that PRhyme effortlessly nail.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chris and Oliver Wood, along with jack-of-all-trades Jano Rix, have settled into the kind of easy groove that can only stem from spending the last decade or so enduring the myriad inside jokes and stale air of life on the road.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a knowing, melodramatic Southern fantasia, where the pleasure comes from how every element--from the lyrics through the performances--is exaggerated, turning this into fetchingly surreal Americana.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Her every-few-years release schedule was maintained with this short album, in which she responds to a habitually philandering lover with her distinctive mix of fire and finesse. This has more of the former element than any previous Braxton release.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As Cavern of Anti-Matter embarks on a deep space voyage with the album's suite-like final third that culminates with the lovely "Phantom Melodies," they prove their music has an irresistible momentum, no matter how ambitious it gets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Street Safari defies the sophomore slump with another collection of sharply crafted tunes that play like singles. It's a slightly more refined and thoughtful set on average, one that plays like an undergrad to Never Enough's skipping out on summer school, but it still struts and shrugs and keeps cigarettes in its shirt sleeve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bucolic, pastoral, and often willfully impressionistic, Extralife imagines a future that's not bereft of suffering or hardship, but tempered with hope and brimming with life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His ideas are expressed in a far more succinct manner, but they offer similarly powerful commentary, and the album's starkness works to its advantage, driving the tracks' points so they hit home.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another evolution in the way Preoccupations bring poetic soulfulness to post-punk, New Material lives up to its name--it's not just another batch of songs, it's a fresh approach that feels like a breakthrough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What isn't bleak is just as powerful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Castles exists in a bit of a netherworld--it's commercial yet idiosyncratic, classic in its structure yet contemporary in its sound-but that's also it's a quietly compelling record, revealing an artist who is starting to hit her stride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Generously spackled with clever instrumental bits and imaginative but never flowery lyrics, Used Future is the most effective and compelling distillation of the Sword 2.0.'s sound to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything on Twentytwo in Blue fits together perfectly; from the songs to the sounds to the performances, it's indie rock and pop at their thoughtful, searching, sweet, and punchy best.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Gun doesn't quite match that underappreciated masterpiece, it comes close enough to confirm that Guided by Voices are quietly in the midst of a late-career renaissance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Corporation" and "Ice Station Zebra," the two funkiest numbers here, illustrate this with their precise grooves, but even the self-consciously weird interludes show this same level of exactitude. While that keeps Boarding House Reach somewhat in a straitjacket, it also makes it a fascinating listen, because it's a document of a control freak anxious to get loose.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What keeps Longwave's distinct improvisational character upright in the rocking chair, lost in thought instead of asleep like the cat, is a gentle melodicism and an impressionistic bent that's as pretty as it is simple. Part of that design is subtle organ, piano, slide guitar, and effects that fill in some of the space around lead guitars in broad strokes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Post- is actually a pretty wild ride. ... Perhaps surprisingly so, Post- is also one of his most accessible solo outings yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May Your Kindness Remain impacts with these evocative snapshots of the 99-percent, but it also does so with Andrews' rich voice and melodicism as well as a lingering sadness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When a band decides to go with an eponymously titled release several albums into an established career, it often works as a statement about reclaiming their identity, or making a new creative start. If that's the case here, the Neighbourhood have done both with their own cool aplomb.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hard to say if Sallee gets a lot out of a little or intentionally little out of a lot here, but the album is at once rich, restrained, and beguiling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    He's certainly less distinctive as a rapper than he is as a singer--both lyrically and vocally--original only for the level of his combativeness and the number of times he references his luxury coupe and wrist wear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oneida never left, so this isn't a comeback by any means, but they certainly seem re-energized, making this their best work in at least a decade.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    World Beyond amplifies how efficient Erasure's own arrangements are, while at the same time giving Bell more space to command the room, which he does, with nuanced performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's not so much a step back as it is more of the same, fans of this emo revival sound should find enough pain and yearning here to elicit pangs of nostalgia (or, if the wounds are fresher, a sympathetic shoulder to emote on).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a bit uneven in spots, Both Sides of the Sky is well worth it for an avid Hendrix fan.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bible of Love is an admirable turn for the former Doggfather--now grandfather--and serves as a wholesome but inessential addition to Snoop's protean catalog.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chenaux has made a gorgeously hypnotic record that feels like a genuine break from life's often aggressive pace.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a couple days working things out on the spot, Myths 003 came together almost perfectly and is a worthy addition to each band's impressive catalog.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given its experimental origins, Mr. Dynamite is a little scattered, but Creep Show's sophisticated mischief is so entertaining that it's a pleasure to hear each unexpected turn they take.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jericho Sirens is rock & roll in its purest form; angry, white-hot, and overloaded with energy. It's good to have Hot Snakes back to show the posers and fakers how to do things the right way.