All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 10,054 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:
10,054 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that has all of the elements necessary to be a pop classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What seems to be an unlikely pairing in the duo of former -- and future apparently--Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss is actually one of the most effortless-sounding pairings in modern popular music.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an awesome thing, this album, and anyone, virtually anyone who encounters it will be in some way moved by the impure music it contains.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album was well worth the wait and should win over some new fans and please the old ones too. Best of show.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wondrous listen that tosses jangling pop and psychedelia with such ease that you'd be forgiven for thinking he could do this in his sleep.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Franz Ferdinand reveals more depth and more new directions than their previous work suggested.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one heavy, messy, dynamite album--one that could take a decade to be fully processed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tigermending hints that she just might be too eclectic for her own commercial good, but not for the good of listeners willing to follow Round's unpredictable but nearly always successful moves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales of CSNY acrimony are legend, but this rancor rarely surfaced on record. Here, those brawling egos are pushed to the forefront, with all the pretty harmonies operating as an accent to the main event.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mono is the work of a band just smart enough that sometimes the body is just as important as the frontal lobes. The Mavericks understand how to satisfy both, and Mono is an album that will keep you dancing to its beats and smiling to its wit and romance 'til the break of dawn.
    • 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
    Hecker's sound signature may still be instantly recognizable, but there is no denying that he has moved significantly farther down the path toward something else with Virgins.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    While the band's subtlety and consistency threaten to work against them at times, XX is still a remarkable debut that rewards repeated listens and leaves listeners wanting more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its best, the album seems to accomplish everything lagging post-shoegazers like Spiritualized or Chapterhouse once promised. However, at its worst, the album sometimes slides into an almost overkill of sonic structures
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as decadent as it is tasty -- theatricality has never been a practice that the collective has shied away from -- but there's no denying the Arcade Fire's singular vision, even when it blurs a little.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While their songs still maintain the loose intimacy that was apparent on their debut AM, the music has matured to reveal a complexity that is rare in pop music, yet showcased perfectly on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part traditional, part African rhumba, part smart avant-garde electronica, Congotronics is the sound of an urban junkyard band simultaneously weaving the past and the future into one amazingly coherent structure, and not only that, you can dance to it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's most heartening is that Harris is not only making some of the finest music of her career at a time when many artists would be treading water, but she's delightfully confounding our expectations at the same time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phrenology is the hardest-hitting Roots album to date, partly because it's their most successful attempt to re-create their concert punch in the studio.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wolves in the Throne Room continue to do the genre proud with contributions such as this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The camaraderie of the Pistol Annies cuts deep--they're a gang, encouraging the other two not to talk about Tina, praising sobriety, realizing life goes on even when love leaves--and that gives Annie Up a bruised, beautiful richness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Is Survived By features more of the Los Angeles hardcore outfit's furious, passionate, intensely personal sound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    American Ride is every bit as strong as Innocent Ones, if not more so.