All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 10,331 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 Higher! [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
10,331 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Guthrie's] story is presented here in this wonderful set.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This set is every bit as necessary as the solo albums by the singers, and perhaps even more than the studio effort. It is not only a historical document; it is a living, breathing piece of work that guarantees the transference of emotion from tape to listener, and cements the Buena Vista Social Club's place not only in the Latin music pantheon, but in the larger context of popular music history.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Startling, tirelessly powerful, and full of unlimited dimensions.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't take long for Separation to rescue itself from painfully serious, aggro-MTV mediocrity, as those two tracks are quickly followed up by the riveting 'A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine' and 'Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near.'
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Diamond knows just how good these recordings are, as indicated by the terrific autobiographical liner notes he's penned for this collection, notes that give this music context, but they're not necessary to appreciate The Bang Years: this is pop music that's so pure it needs no explanation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every Time I Die have established themselves as one of the more reliable and relatable (in a nervy, dysfunctional way) acts to come out of the genre, not to mention one of the most discernable, and the commanding From Parts Unknown does nothing to tarnish that reputation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only was the wait worth it, Archives feels like it was 20 years in the making. It's an extraordinary work that redefines what an autobiography can be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although this box is not perfect--it's hard not to wish there were no duplications on the first two discs, or the last two--it is nevertheless a mighty testament to the Band at the peak of their powers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Behemoth sound revitalized and ready to destroy everything that stands in their path, and fans should be ready to either go along for the ride or be crushed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elephant overflows with quality -- it's full of tight songwriting, sharp, witty lyrics, and judiciously used basses and tumbling keyboard melodies that enhance the band's powerful simplicity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He does his best job yet at balancing smarts and accessibility.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Legacy Edition of Raw Power honors this great album better than the Iggy Pop remix that's been its only digital representation since 1997, but the extras included here fall short of making this the definitive release of the James Williamson-era Stooges' bloodied but unbowed triumph.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both records are visionary, imaginative listens, providing some of the best music of 2003, regardless of genre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps fate forced Leonard Cohen's hand to stage the tour documented in part on Live in London, but it seems that fate knows just what it's doing, and this album eloquently demonstrates how much Cohen still has to offer, and how clearly his music still speaks to him (and us).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an enjoyable look back at one of the main players during an interesting era of American indie rock.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's that depth of detail, combined with the masterful sequencing, that makes Higher! such a superb box set: it tells a familiar story in a fresh fashion.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Machine Head is still a force in modern heavy metal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add it all up and subtract the hype, and this one is still potent enough to rise to the top of the pile.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Live in Europe, 1969 makes obvious that on this tour, Davis' creative vision was holistic and completely assured.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, no matter how heated the exchanges between Martyn and his fans could be during concerts, the respect between audience and performer was total and it was loyal--the same punters who would complain the loudest would be at the very next show. It is for these people, those who knew his true worth as an artist who The Island Years was created for and will appeal to most.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offers up one superb song after another.... Even if you don't consider yourself to be much a Latin music fan, do yourself a favor and check out Canto.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Understanding all this stuff enhances the enjoyment of the album, but it is not required. A few tracks merely push the album along, and a gaudy Of Montreal collaboration is disruptive, but there are numerous highlights that are vastly dissimilar from one another.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its authoritative command of the languages it speaks, it carefully hews a meditative space for the listener at heart level inside the music; it is both inviting and enveloping.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given its wonderfully crafted and performed material and stellar production, it is the country album of 2010.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Able to make the timeworn themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll and the basic guitars-drum-bass lineup seem new and vital again, the Strokes may or may not be completely arty and calculated, but that doesn't prevent Is This It? from being an exciting, compulsively listenable debut...
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the double-disc edition is quite a handsome thing in its own right--the Super Deluxe Edition is something special thanks to the alternate version of Quadrophenia, which contains six songs cut from the final album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a distinct community theater vibe to the whole affair... but the majority of Illinois is alarmingly earnest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Carrie & Lowell is the most harrowingly personal work Stevens has offered us to date; it also ranks with his most skillfully crafted albums despite its spartan approach, and it's a sometimes difficult but profoundly moving work.