All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,385 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 Led Zeppelin II [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,385 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z
    Z is intuitive, intensely creative, classicist-minded, nearly flawless.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well-balanced marriage of all of Phonte's musical inclinations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As her most satisfying, artful, and accessible album yet, St. Vincent earns its title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This blend of contemporary attitudes and classic sounds is insinuating and addictive, particularly because at nine songs, it's too brief--once it's through, the album practically begs you to start all over again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record offers something to nearly every audience that could approach it, with a bit of a groove for electronic fans, an obtuse sense of music-making for experimentalists, and a dreamy melodicism sure to endear it to indie-pop fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The intricacy of the band's sound remain[s], but with less experimental desperation and considerably better ideas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's little doubt to Since I Left You's status as one of the most intimate and emotional dance records that isn't vocal-based.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels live, immediate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the Welsh iconoclast at his most elegant, energetic, and innovative.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call Bachelor No. 2 a masterpiece may be overstating the matter somewhat, since an album this intimate and unassuming (but not unconfident) doesn't call attention to itself the way self-styled masterpieces do. However, it isn't hyperbole to call it the finest record Mann has made to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This remains some of their finest work to date, and whether you missed them back in the day or are updating your library, this set is a must.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record where the sum is greater than the individual parts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fed
    For Fed, [Hayes] recruited everyone from veteran R&B arranger Tom Tom MMLXXXIV to jazz session drummer Morris Jennings to stalwart indie noisemaker Steve Albini to create a record as rich, complex, and ornate as the previous record was simple and spare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Low on frenetics, Syro is anchored by rotund and agile basslines that zip and glide, and it's decked in accents and melodies that are lively even at their most distressed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The set is essential to any fan, and these records are near-perfect documents of the roots of indie rock and D.I.Y. culture that started growing in the unheard music and handmade expressions of the early '90s.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like your pop a little left of center and found the Postal Service to be too cute and syrupy, your fix is here.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripped of all her carnivalesque accouterments, Fiona Apple remains as rich and compelling as she ever was, perhaps even more so.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Merriweather Post Pavilion is a perfectly organized record, not a note out of place, not a second wasted.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that, for all of its flaws, is still easily one of the best rock records of 2002.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps she's too subtle to be a stadium-filling superstar, but the superb 12 Stories showcases a unique artist who stands firmly, proudly on her own merits.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many of their B-sides are just as good as their album tracks, so it's terrific to see them collected onto a single disc. But a number of factors make it somewhat disappointing, not the least of which is that Complete B-Sides is available only as a U.K. import, due to U.S. licensing problems.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This self-titled album is a fitting tribute to Toure’s and Diabate’s genius and friendship, and is a beautiful farewell.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sale el Sol never once sounds disparate or overworked -- it's sunny and easy, its natural buoyancy disguising Shakira's range and skill -- but listen closely and it becomes apparent that nobody makes better pop records in the new millennium than she does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lean, furious, cold-blooded album that is vividly to-the-point.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you already have all the EPs, you'll want to get this disc. It is reasonable priced, housed in the usual attractive package, and hearing all the songs back to back reinforces what an amazing group Belle & Sebastian were and are.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the kind of thing that requires a commitment from the listener, but Saigon and the people around him are talented enough to pull it off, even to make it enjoyable, which makes The Greatest Story Never Told one definitely worth hearing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gregory Porter's sophomore effort confirms the talent that was so apparent on his debut.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a Dream I've Been Saving is a prime cultural artifact documenting a high point in an independent era in pop recording, production, and D.I.Y. aesthetics. It deserves a Grammy for content and design.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Michael Gira is a man unafraid to follow his muse wherever it may take him, and To Be Kind is another example of his singular vision writ large without compromise.