All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,803 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:
9,803 music reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Completely unrelenting; thoroughly amazing.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    G Stands for Go-Betweens is a labor of love, carefully put together by Forster with obvious affection, and essential for any fan of the band, especially those who treasure their tumultuous formative years over their more full-formed, yet still quite tumultuous, later period.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The man who cut Complicated Game is the more mature McMurtry has figured out how to deliver the fine songs he writes and get their qualities on tape.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is aesthetically attractive while being emotionally and intellectually resonant; pop music can hope for no more.