All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 10,058 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Blackjazz
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
10,058 music reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A skillful synthesis of classic rock and modern sensibilities that's pretty irresistible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M83 is a keyboard band of the best kind: one with nuance, tone, thrash, and color.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliance of Van Lear Rose is not just how the two approaches complement each other, but how the record captures the essence of Loretta Lynn's music even as it has flourishes that are distinctly Jack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of 2000's most accomplished albums, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out may not be as immediately appealing as some of the group's more upbeat albums, but it's just as enduring, proving that Yo La Tengo is the perfect band to grow old with.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Startling, tirelessly powerful, and full of unlimited dimensions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album that kills with catchiness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Song for song, this is better-written and harder-rocking than Cocky.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bright Eyes has mixed badness with beauty for a sonic storybook that relates to everyone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] majestic soundscape.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put Pretty Girls Make Graves on the short list of bands that matter and make sure you get this record.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tyrannosaurus Hives might be a little more complex and polished than the Hives' earlier work, but it's not overthought at all; even though they've evolved, they know how to keep it simple, stupid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In its musical muscle and sweeping, politically charged narrative, it's something of a masterpiece, and one of the few -- if not the only -- records of 2004 to convey what it feels like to live in the strange, bewildering America of the early 2000s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet another triumph for the Beta Band.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Butler sings like Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood used to play, like a lion-tamer whose whip grows shorter with each and every lash. He can barely contain himself, and when he lets loose it's both melodic and primal, like Berlin-era Bowie or British Sea Power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though this album isn't as immediately or showily brilliant as The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News reveals itself as just as strong a statement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is no fun at all, the tension is rarely resolved, and -- oh no! -- it isn't exactly revolutionary, though some new shades of gray have been discovered. But you shouldn't allow your perception to be fogged by such considerations when someone has just done it for you and, most importantly, when all this brilliance is waiting to overwhelm you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listening to the record makes you feel like it was 1993 again, in a good way. In a melodic, honest and jangly kind of way. In a way that makes you think "nobody makes records like this anymore".
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best record of his career.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Confronting doubts about his seriousness and squashing whispers about his talent, Skinner has made a sophomore record that expands on what distinguishes the Streets from any other act in music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Louden Up Now is easily the best record to come out of the [new wave dance punk revival] movement; its ten tracks are filled with fervor, hooks, passion and power.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madvillainy's strength lies in its mix between seemingly obtuse beats, samples, MCing, and some straight-up hip-hop bumping.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's just no getting around how much stronger Sparta are than so many of their peers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no crybaby posing here, no deployment of cliché. Even if SDRE had a hand in the popularization of the emo movement, the Fire Theft's music is much too personal to be anything other than a therapy session, both for Enigk and his musical co-conspirators and friends.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Pink's peers take incremental, cautious artistic steps forward, she's slyly fearless, choosing the right collaborators that help her create pop music that has both style and substance to spare.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's likely that From a Basement is cleaner than what Smith... intended, it is much sparer than Figure 8, and it feels at once more adventurous, confident, and warmer than its predecessor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    One long angelic hymn for an insane world with the intimacy of a friend playing guitar in your living room and the grandeur of Sigur Rós.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Drive-By Truckers are the best, smartest, and most soulful hard rock band to emerge in a very long time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the group's maturity as musicians as well as songwriters that make Transatlanticism such a decadently good listen from start to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtually every song on Up the Bracket is chock-full of the bouncy, aggressive guitars, expressive, economic drums, and irresistible hooks that made the Strokes' debut almost too catchy for its own good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prior to this album, we were more than aware that West's stature as a producer was undeniable; now we know that he's also a remarkably versatile lyricist and a valuable MC.