All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,995 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:
9,995 music reviews
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, the demo sounds like a strong rough draft for the album that followed, with a bit less electric guitar punch and a shade more twang, but documenting performances that are essentially just as strong in terms of chops and commitment, while spotting the subtle differences in the arrangements, is where fans will have the most fun.
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    If the first album was the supernova, RTJ2 is the RTJ universe forming, proving that Mike and El-P's one-off can be a going, and ever growing, concern.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The alternates of songs that were on the albums are interesting but not revelatory, but hearing these early versions of songs that appeared on later albums is pretty fascinating.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels live, immediate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Completely unrelenting; thoroughly amazing.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is aesthetically attractive while being emotionally and intellectually resonant; pop music can hope for no more.
    • 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
    • 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.