All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,636 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 Some Girls [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,636 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monoliths and Dimensions succeeds because it is the sound of a new music formed from the ashen forge of drone, rock, and black metal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They are of interest as a curiosity, especially for pub rock fanatics, but Harlan County illustrates why Jim Ford never became a cult artist in his own right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album and its production make catharsis part of an evolutionary process, not an end in itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All We Love We Leave Behind, the group's eighth studio album, manages to summon that same level of intensity [as 2009's Axe to Fall] without the aid of a single mercenary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Starting with demo versions of "For Ex-Lovers Only" and "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge" that are enjoyably scraggly if not as overwhelming as the final takes. The remaining four consist of new recordings by the original band, though they're not new songs; instead, they're selections from their irregular live sets that were never formally recorded and released at the time. The production style makes it sound like they were recorded at the same time as the rest of the disc, making it a seamless treat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An aesthetic watermark for Cave, a true high point in a long career that is ever looking forward.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And "dazzling" isn't really hyperbole -- based on these 18 songs, Blur isn't just the best pop band of the '90s, with greater range and depth than their peers, they rank among the best pop bands of all time. The Best of Blur illustrates that, even as it misses some of their best moments -- omissions that prevent it from being the flat-out classic it should be. Even so, it's pretty damn terrific, particularly for the unconverted.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haunting and affecting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scenarios he recounts are as detailed and off-the-wall as ever, elaborate screenplays laid out with a vocal style that's ceaselessly fluid and never abrasive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No DevoluciĆ³n is an album that could easily make converts out of the skeptical, allowing the band to reintroduce themselves to the world over a decade after their first album was released.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cadillactica is an album where an artist launches a superior second act while losing none of the essential elements that made the first so powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best kind of pop album imaginable. It can be enjoyed on a purely physical level, and it also carries the potential to adjust your worldview.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like his great aunt, and his great uncle John Coltrane, Ellison has created exceptionally progressive, stirring, and eternal art.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most assured, propulsive full-lengths the dance world had seen since Daft Punk's Homework.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambitious as some of that may seem, Exit never feels like a show-off record--just a thoughtfully put-together one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For Emma captures the sound of broken and quiet isolation, wraps it in a beautiful package, and delivers it to your door with a beating, bruised heart.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, sprawling, peaceful, wise, and as tenderly romantic as the world is round, these Dennis Wilson gems are as revelatory as they are stunning.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A unique, epic effort from one of the most inventive and dynamic rock bands in recent memory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the album, the band sounds wise beyond its years, so it's not really that surprising that Fleet Foxes is such a satisfying, self-assured debut.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This borders on sorcery.