AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 12,071 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 The Best Of The Black President [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
12071 music reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through these two discs, the band's highs, tragedies, slumps, and comebacks are all evident.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It contains some of Lamar's best writing and performances, revealing his evolving complexity and versatility as a soul-baring lyricist and dynamic rapper.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guthrie truly believed that songs should be of social service, and when the country asked for his songs, he brought them, as any patriot would. That dozens of these songs are enduring, beautiful, and wise makes Guthrie even more than that. It makes him an American treasure.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Smithsonian Folkways Collection is a five-disc box set that represents the first attempt to offer a career-spanning overview of the career of a giant of American music, including 108 tracks, 16 of which see their first release on this collection.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are. It's no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast's status as critics' darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of the group's debut, it's arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The societal ruminations within the fiery judder of "1000 Deaths," the dreamy churn of "The Charade," and the falsetto blues of "Till It's Done," fueled as much by current planetary ills and race relations as the same ones that prompted the works of D'Angelo's heroes, strike the deepest.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The set contains much of Ra's more accessible work, making it an excellent (and very generous) introduction for newcomers, but there's also plenty of material that might've escaped notice from longtime fans.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even by Cave's dour standards, Skeleton Tree is a tough listen, but it's also a powerful and revealing one, and a singular work from a one-of-a-kind artist.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A more aggressive, contemporary guitar attack aside, stunning power punk masterpieces like "The Act We Act," "The Slim," and "Fortune Teller" bear all of the vintage Mould musical traits.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offering works as a live culmination of Coltrane's musical journey, a homecoming and spiritual communion with the deep, creative forces that drove him right until the end of his life and, based on the music here, one can only assume beyond.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful collector's piece commemorating one of America's most vital indie bands.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Satan Is Real is music crafted by true believers sharing their faith, and its power goes beyond Christian doctrine into something at once deeply personal and truly universal, and the result is the Louvin Brothers' masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Promise stands on its own as a great Bruce Springsteen record; it feels finished, focused, and, above all, offers more proof that Springsteen is one of the greatest rock and pop songwriters.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As fatiguing as it is invigorating, as cold-blooded as it is heart-rending, as haphazardly splattered as it is meticulously sculpted, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an extraordinarily complex 70-minute set of songs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On their fifth album, One Wing, the Chariot avoid the pitfalls that have caught up many a band, striking just the right balance between technique and raw fury to create a sound that is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though, Liquid Swords is possibly the most unsettling album in the Wu canon (even ahead of Ol' Dirty Bastard), and it ranks with Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx as one of the group's undisputed classics.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where previous records kept the rhythm section in the background, Pageant emphasizes the beat, and the band turns in its hardest rockers to date, including the anthemic "Begin the Begin" and the punky "Just a Touch."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Best of the Black President is simply a stellar collection that bests any two-disc collection out there as it represents the continued evolution of Fela Kuti's music from the 1960s through the 1990s.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cagey as ever, the Stones hide which of these are full-fledged outtakes and which are recent refurbishments very well, but ultimately it doesn't matter: this is a tremendous expansion of a classic album by every measure.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hints of this could be heard on the live comp From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, but this is a complete document of Nirvana in full flight and one of the greatest live rock & roll albums ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just his best album since Blood on the Tracks, but the loosest, funniest, warmest record he's made since The Basement Tapes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is not only a vital document of an important, groundbreaking band on their way up, it's one of their best albums, easily surpassing Stop Making Sense.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some of the remixes sound like little more than historical curios, but a surprising amount are either vigorous or imaginative and they all underscore how Achtung Baby truly was the first U2 album that could lend itself to these kind of mixes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The charm of this edition is that the unreleased material is considerably looser than the finished album.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs may remain the same but the performances are vibrant and alive. For the serious Dylanphile, that's reason enough to acquire this hefty box.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The set is both familiar and fresh-sounding at once.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Biokinetics is a stunning summation of the Basic Channel aesthetic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There were plenty of other great British bands of the '90s but none of their peers--Oasis, Suede, Pulp, Radiohead--covered as much stylistic ground or wound up with a catalog as rich as this ridiculously generous box set handily proves.