All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,342 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 At Carnegie Hall [Live]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,342 music reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really puts the album over the top as something else is not just its ideas-stuffed brevity (46 minutes in its original form), but its material not made explicitly for the club.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His intelligent lyrics and melodies inside the arrangements of these beautifully crafted songs underscore the integrity and passion in his trademark voice. This is inarguably his finest album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not a comeback record but a late continuation, a great work of art.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While any new album from Shorter is an event at this juncture, Without a Net is special even among the recordings made by this outstanding group.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To Ze's credit, the concept never overshadows the songs which, at their heart, are pop songs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Robyn defines what she's all about. Even if it took a few years to put together the label and album (and a few more to get it released everywhere), this is the pop tour de force that Robyn has always had in her.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group sounds a bit like Guided By Voices at times, only a Guided By Voices that want to kick your sorry can up and down the length of the bar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is less a bold statement of principle as it is a blossoming into maturity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frisell’s fondness for putting unusual combinations of instruments together adds to the overall effect, leaving the listener to wonder why no one has ever tried this before. Blues Dream is a lovely release that should satisfy Frisell fans as well as jazz, country, and blues fans looking for a genre bending experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With an unlikely rock blend of classicism and narrative, British Sea Power has composed a brilliant album that's nearly perfect. It's not exactly pop, but it might as well be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the first SFA album not to progress from its predecessor, or offer the shock of the new, and that's hard not to miss -- but, if this is the first SFA record you hear, it'll likely intrigue, even dazzle, with its kaleidoscopic blend of pop, prog, punk, psych and electronica.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although listeners who found the first Broken Social Scene release a nice ambient pop treat may be put off by this one's all-over-the-map approach, it's certainly a much more accessible release overall and there's bound to be something in here that you'll enjoy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Visuals are such a crucial aspect of their performances that the set will naturally fall short of making you feel as if you are there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are instances where the lyrical content edges too close to "artsy" teenage erotic poetry, but no song is without an attractive quality, whether it's a heavenly melody, a riveting rhythm, or a boggling production nuance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Marling is an old soul through and through, and her remarkably timeless voice, idiosyncratic lyrics, and increasingly impressive guitar chops help to elevate the album's less immediate moments, and while some may argue that her increasingly Americanized, Pacific coast folk-pop can feel a little like fan fiction, it doesn't make it any less enjoyable to sink your toes into.