All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,349 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 At Carnegie Hall [Live]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,349 music reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    They grew up strong and they grew up fast, so fast that their recordings retain a visceral force that makes The Complete Beat something more than a dream come true for fans: it is a convincing argument for their greatness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rio is therefore the new standard by which the pianist's future solo recordings will be judged, and perhaps also sets the bar for any other player who attempts the same.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though club-phobic listeners may find it difficult placing Skinner as just the latest dot along a line connecting quintessentially British musicians/humorists/social critics Nöel Coward, the Kinks, Ian Dury, the Jam, the Specials, and Happy Mondays, Original Pirate Material is a rare garage album: that is, one with a shelf life beyond six months.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The melodies on Alice are easily the most direct Waits has written since Blue Valentine, but are more elegant than even those found on Foreign Affairs or Black Rider.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Aretha Franklin, Linda Jones, and Otis Redding, Staton's voice is the sound of emotion being ripped from the human heart and offered, bleeding and broken, pleading and yearning, to the listener.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hunt has outdone himself, and it's possible he's just getting started.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life Somewhere Else makes its beautiful way across 67 minutes, an album content to take its own sweet time to reach its destination, happily exploring the nooks and crannies along the way.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the loosest, most varied, and entertaining albums of its time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can appreciate the style of dubstep employed by Burial, it's easy to fall head over heels for Untrue, an album on which there are absolutely no mainstream-crossover concessions, no ego trips, and no willful stylistic variation--an album where the music, a singular style of it, takes center stage with no distractions or sideshows, where there's never the urge to skip to the next track, because they're all part and parcel of the greater whole.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This certainly goes a long way to illustrating that Petty & the Heartbreakers always delivered the goods, but it's somewhat at the expense of forward momentum; it's hard not to wish that it was arranged chronologically, to be able to hear the raw energy give way to easy skill, but that's just nitpicking--any way you look at it, this Live Anthology offers an overdose of prime rock & roll.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is not the flawless statement against complacency the band seemed to strive for, but it succeeds at tearing heads off, shooting fascists, and quickly asking questions later with unbelievable fury. For these reasons alone, it easily serves as one of the band's highest marks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z
    Z is intuitive, intensely creative, classicist-minded, nearly flawless.