AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 11,957 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 Led Zeppelin I [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
11957 music reviews
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    50 Song Memoir is a rare example of Stephin Merritt offering a look into his offstage life, but just as importantly it's a reminder of why he's a truly great songwriter, and this ranks with his finest work.
    • 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
    Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984 collects four discs of the alternately thrilling, grim, silly, and just plain bizarre stuff.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freed of commercial expectations and paired with an empathetic band, Wynonna will sing anything she damn well pleases and she's wound up with a monster of an album.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    American Band is an op-ed column with guitars, and it presents a message well worth hearing, both as politics and as music.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Newsom can make her audience work almost as hard as she does, but the rewards are worth it: Dazzling, profound and affecting, Divers' explorations of time only grow richer the more time listeners spend with them.
    • 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
    Radiohead is recognizably the same band that made that pioneering piece of electronica-rock but they're older and wiser on A Moon Shaped Pool, deciding not to push at the borders of their sound but rather settle into the territory they've marked as their own. This may not result in a radical shift in sound but rather a welcome change in tone: for the first time Radiohead feels comfortable in their own skin.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are no frills here but there is a distinct, compelling voice evident in Barnett's songs and music alike.