All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,137 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 What's Going On [40th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Graffiti
Score distribution:
9,137 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gift for fans who want to dig deep into the Smashing Pumpkins archive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels like a natural step, consequently expanding the margins of Malian roots music and rock and pop simultaneously.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Favourite Colours is lovely and adventurous stuff that proves the Sadies are only getting better with each trip into the studio.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a finely realized album, with a wonderful, you-can-hear-a-pin-drop sound to it, and Fulks' songs are some of the best he's written, showing once again that he has no intention of being anybody's fool.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Children Running Through is Patty Griffin's masterpiece thus far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While still immersed in songs of emotional ravagement and betrayal, the confidence of her performances and spectrum of sounds represented here suggest a complete graduation from troubled, uncertain roots into a place where she can deliver her songs with a powerful, borderless command.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's no turning point in a field populated by dozens of elder space cadets and mood architects, from Massive Attack to Spacek to Sa-Ra. As a flawed first step from a young newcomer, however, it's impressive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like faith, these songs require patience, as their almost mantra-like arcs take their time to fully form.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kala nearly makes "Arular" seem tame in comparison, magnifying most of its predecessor's qualities as it remains bracingly adventurous.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the pieces here slot together beautifully, and using more voices creates more complex layers of vocals that only add to the pieces.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In sum, Spirit Moves is a welcome departure for Douglas, who has been working with his longtime electric band and more recently with his great Keystone group.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantom Power is a very good album (and, again, compared to many of SFA's peers in 2003, it is far ahead of the pack), but it does lack some of the things that made earlier Super Furry Animals so exhilarating -- the grit, the wild abandon, the absurdity, and the sheer unpredictability, where it was impossible to tell what would happen next.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The benefit of a comp is that it's totally possible, even welcome, to downplay dull lapses like Around the Sun--and, when combined with well-chosen highlights from the band's powerful first two acts, adds up to a thorough narrative of R.E.M.'s entire career.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album that reveals its charms through repeat listens, and makes a listener wonder how the band can master so many different musical styles via so many vocalists while still maintaining a fiercely cohesive sound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who missed these gems the first time around would be hard-pressed to find another dance disc in 2006 that rivals the level of quality found here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As conceptually and contextually bold as Let England Shake is, it features some of Harvey's softest-sounding music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to the first LCD Soundsystem album, Sound of Silver is less silly, funnier, less messy, sleeker, less rowdy, more fun, less distanced, more touching.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Carcass offers] up an 11-track tour de force that's as visceral, inventive, and grotesque as Symphonies of Sickness, yet infused with the dense, machine-shop precision and chrome veneer of 21st century metalcore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though, Body Talk is more focused than Robyn, and just as bold in the intimacy it creates with listeners.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A set of electronica that's nearly as challenging as Autechre's relentlessly academic beat manipulation but just as funky and instantly gratifying as a Fatboy Slim flag-waver.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welch and Rawlings are at the top of their form and continue to make the best Americana recordings without resorting to drenching their albums in guest stars, but by writing and performing heartfelt songs that speak with a clear and undeniable honesty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Several of the songs here are top-tier extrovert post-punk, neatly organized threshings as invigorating as any material from Mission of Burma or their farther-flung counterparts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She tosses jazz, folk, R&B, hip-hop and whatever else strikes her fancy into fascinating collisions that are as melodic as they are abrasive, and as globally minded as they are distinctly urban.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More immediately accessible and warm than "Cuckooland," more ambitious than "Shleep," Comicopera, in three acts, is the end result of Robert Wyatt looking around and examining the craziness and wild unpredictability in real life in 2007.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mirrored is unlike any recording out there at the moment. It's loud, funny, and astonishingly sophisticated, and doesn't feel pretentious in the least.