All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,805 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:
9,805 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a ferocious album that's not afraid to be genuinely beautiful. One of the best hard rock releases of 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sweetness is almost too gooey, and what should be providing a healthy contrast ends up dragging the best instrumental moments down more than once, almost literally getting in the way of the striking sonic collages. It may be heresy to some, but conceivably Person Pitch would be at its best if it were strictly instrumental.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prior to this album, we were more than aware that West's stature as a producer was undeniable; now we know that he's also a remarkably versatile lyricist and a valuable MC.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Love You, Honeybear, despite the occasional double entendre, is as powerful a statement about love in the vacuous, social media-obsessed early 21st century as it is a denouement of the detached hipster charlatan.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More comforting than revelatory, M B V reaffirms that My Bloody Valentine are one of a kind; the subtlety to their melodies, instrumentation, and the way they blur together belongs to them alone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those interested in one of the more compelling and quietly provocative and graceful guitar records of 2010, Silent Movies is well worth seeking out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loyal fans of underground hip-hop already know he's earned that crown on the cover, and with this purposefully packaged showcase now in place, the uninitiated have no excuse.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a swaggering, sexy, shake-your-ass, greasy, deep roots record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being both ear shattering and spine tingling at once, this is Fugazi at their "musical" best.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somber and smart, Decoration Day also manages to kick like a mule, and if isn't quite a masterpiece along the lines of Southern Rock Opera, it's strong enough to suggest the Drive By Truckers have another masterpiece in them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Showtime isn't the equal artistic success of Boy in da Corner, it's slightly superior, stunning for the facts that it arrives so swiftly after the debut and is far from a retread.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What it all comes down to is that Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is a Bad Seeds record that ups the ante once again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is, quite frankly, Isbell's best solo album thus far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seventeen discs may be an enormous undertaking, and admittedly some of the road is rocky, but the journey Harry Nilsson takes on The RCA Albums Collection is distinctive and thrilling, whether it's heard for the first or 40th time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Drive-By Truckers are the best, smartest, and most soulful hard rock band to emerge in a very long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album confirms once again that she's matured into a singular artist with the talent and the vision to make these stories of her travels in the South come to vivid and affecting life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vijay Iyer's maturing at a rapid rate, while at the height of his powers on this incredible effort that sounds like much more than a mere piano-bass-drums mainstream jazz trio. This is an incredible CD, and a strong candidate for best jazz CD of 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Equally bold, vulnerable, concise, and expansive, Too Bright dazzles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Town and the City isn't likely to be the soundtrack for your next party, but it's an exciting and emotionally powerful experience that grows with each listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the scattered clicks and beats of Autechre and combines it with the tunefulness of Spiritualized.... Very rewarding.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is simply the bravest, most emotionally wrenching record she's ever issued.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Things We Lost in the Fire's slowly rising warmth and subtly hopeful tone not only make this Low's most cohesive, compelling collection, but one of 2001's best albums.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans hoping that Evans will return to country music will be disappointed, but Slow Me Down is something that is rare in 2014: an unapologetic, big-scale adult pop album, constructed with grace and care.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Seer is unquestionably a work of ecstatic beauty; it encompasses everything because it is everything.