All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 10,240 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 Discovery
Lowest review score: 20 I'm Back! Family & Friends
Score distribution:
10,240 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    That's a lot of repetition but whether it's taken in either its single-disc or double-disc deluxe editions, The Sound of the Smiths is the best of these posthumous overviews.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yours, Mine & Ours is a truly grand record, another in the string of classic releases by Joe Pernice.... The kind of record fans of intelligent pop music played with real emotion should purchase. Immediately.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chutes Too Narrow's breezy subtlety is less accessible than the Shins' debut, but that doesn't mean the album lacks great songs.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its most chaotic, Hypermagic Mountain could tear open a wormhole into Comets on Fire's Blue Cathedral.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This sequel may have little to do with the original, but if the title helps to point out this is the Shaolin poet's best work since 1995's Pt. 1, then so be it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that's not only satisfying, but one of the band's strongest works to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core, these demos are the sound of Dylan becoming Bob Dylan, and it's an evolution that's spellbinding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stephin Merritt's most ambitious as well as fully realized work to date, a three-disc epic of classically chiseled pop songs that explore both the promise and pitfalls of modern romance through the jaundiced eye of an irredeemable misanthrope.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best tracks on this album stand up well against the likes of the Move and the Creation, or at the very least, the Green Pajamas and the Apples in Stereo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps it'd be better to sample this ten-disc travelog in pieces--perhaps that's the only way to listen to a box as large as this--but each individual installment provides its own peculiar, satisfying pleasures and, when combined, all the discs paint a deep, detailed portrait of a rocker unlike any other.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Loud City Song is Holter's most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bad as Me is an aural portrait of all the places he's traveled as a recording artist, which is, in and of itself, illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Accelerando is a triumph in creativity and expert musicianship, and further underscores Iyer's status as a genuine jazz innovator.