All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,580 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 The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Lowest review score: 20 The Truth Is...
Score distribution:
9,580 music reviews
    • 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
    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
    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
    The loving layers of static, submerged guitar progressions, and effortless meshes of naturalistic themes and glitchy processing all play into a language of sound distinct to Fennesz and reaching some of their clearest articulations here.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Perhaps if he were a more skilled producer and arranger, things would have been better. Unfortunately, his style comes off more like sub-Enya with a beard than a true studio wizard.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The blood doesn't really get pumping until the fifth track. Up to that point, however, the band creates some of its most downcast and alluring material, covering solitude, self-destruction, and just about every planetary ill.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple, subtle, and quite beautiful, the 37-minute album rewards during deep concentration and as use for background.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His aggressive but nimble flow is all over each of these songs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M83 is a keyboard band of the best kind: one with nuance, tone, thrash, and color.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Southern Rock Opera should be required listening not only for fans of the genre, but anyone interested in the history of '70s rock, or even the history of the South in that decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for depth and escapism, there are plenty of albums out there for you to dive into and explore, but if volume and intensity are what you seek, Pig Destroyer have just the punch in the face you've been looking for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans will be overjoyed and those unfamiliar with Letlive or even modern hardcore circa 2013 should begin with this compelling document of anger, loss, and struggle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dotted with intelligently applied sound effects and bits of newsreel narration, From the Sea to the Land Beyond often recalls Rachel's' post-rock masterpiece The Sea and the Bells in its evocative impact and thoughtful embrace of elements outside the palette of most rock bands; this isn't rock & roll, but what it is is something very special, and this is the rare film soundtrack that works nearly as well on its own as it does accompanying another artist's images.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This set manages to be reverent to Waller's original recordings, but since facsimile was never the goal, it also manages to create a completely new veneer for them, and the end result is a marvelous tribute that still retains its own shape and coherency.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Made in California is most decidedly not for the casual fan. It is for the dedicated, the kind who knows the story by heart but wants to hear it told slightly differently.