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
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Dancing Choose's' title is pointed enough that the song almost doesn't need to prove that dancing on your troubles is powerfully therapeutic as thoroughly as it does, but that's just another example of this album's rare balance between craft and passion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times, Return to Cookie Mountain threatens to become more impressive than likeable -- a complaint that could also arguably be leveled against Desperate Youth as well -- but fortunately, TV on the Radio reconnects with, and builds on, the intimacy and purity that made Young Liars so striking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Choosing from a wide variety of Waits' material, Hammond infuses these unusual tracks with a bluesman's spirit and a crackling energy that practically reinvents the songs, instilling them with an ominous, rhythmic swampy feel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His tracks are vibrant and imaginative, calling on fuzzed-out guitar solos and summer-day vocals that recall a raft of solid shoegazers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The allegories and metaphors of her previous work are replaced with direct, vulnerable lyrics, and the album's production polishes the songs instead of obscuring them in noise or studio tricks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No surprises in terms of material, but the presentation is exquisite, sounding familiar and fresh, a stunning re-presentation of records that were teetering on the edge of over-familiarity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musgraves has a sense of humor, too, and all of these traits add up to make Same Trailer Different Park more than a collection of songs just aiming for the country charts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a lot of career overviews, this is somewhere between an introduction and a collector's item, but it initially retailed for the price of a single disc and holds an edge over the marginally less expensive A Collection.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Party Intellectuals may have set the bar high, but Your Turn is definitely a worthy follow-up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An amalgam of Streethawk: A Seduction's glam rock posturing, This Night's guitar-heavy psychedelia, and Your Blues' apocalyptic wordplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A small triumph, but a triumph nonetheless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, Undun flows easier and slower than any other Roots album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banhart's music is utterly unselfconscious and poetic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vespertine isn’t so much a departure from her previous work as a culmination of the musical distance she’s traveled...
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's likely that From a Basement is cleaner than what Smith... intended, it is much sparer than Figure 8, and it feels at once more adventurous, confident, and warmer than its predecessor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fully realized masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Rainbows will hopefully be remembered as Radiohead's most stimulating synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, rather than their first pick-your-price download.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may be the band's most self-assured sounding work yet -- their music has never lacked confidence and daring, but now they sound downright swaggering.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Invisible Cinema is as fine a debut as one is likely to hear in 2008.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the album's sparest moments feature Spoon's much-heralded knack with catchy melodies and hooks, even if songs such as "Don't Let It Get You Down" would be even more memorable with a slightly more fleshed-out approach.