All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,349 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 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,349 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While there is still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth.... Of the first three reissues, Led Zeppelin III contains the highest quotient of unheard tunes: precisely two, although one of these doesn't quite feel new.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smart selections make this the best and handiest introduction to a group crucial to the development of industrial, post-punk, and dance music.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the Manchester duo might not be completely on par with the bands they emulate, they more than earn an A for effort while crafting some wonderful melodies along the way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nextdoorland is a more than worthy addition to their catalog, and proves that two decades apart has not diluted their remarkable chemistry.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A unique, epic effort from one of the most inventive and dynamic rock bands in recent memory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Archer Prewitt returns to the whip-smart pop sensibilities that defined his first two LPs, upping the ante to reveal an altogether new sophistication and complexity that spur his music to unexpected heights of brilliance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An emotional and musical breakthrough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Civil War isn't as exhilaratingly disorienting as A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure, it's another triumph; history may repeat itself, but Matmos never does.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collective has always represented the darker elements of McCaughey's personality, but the depression is kept in check here by Wilco's solid and often upbeat backing, thus playing a major role in the most enjoyable Minus 5 release yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you say you've heard a better adult pop record this year, you are lying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The SoCal indie cowboys deliver an album completely displaying musical, songwriting, and repertory growth from their critically acclaimed self-titled debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    McKee's High Dive is simply an awe-inspiring album and easily her finest recorded moment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Malcolm Middleton's moody musical constructions -- sometimes punchy, sometimes hallucinatory and somnolent -- positively glisten in the live setting, and serve due notice that the most important trait of the band is its sound.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's startling about Sea Change is how it brings everything that's run beneath the surface of Beck's music to the forefront, as he's unafraid to not just reveal emotions, but to elliptically examine them in this wonderfully melancholy song cycle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They sound more natural than they ever have on record, and Brian Vander Ark and Donny Brown respond by their best set of songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here, everything is balanced; the scope is small, close, and textured by pedal steel guitars, very organic percussion, and Lanois' voice way up front.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brainwashed isn't just a success, it's one of the finest records Harrison ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't Give Up on Me leaves no doubt that Solomon Burke is still one of the finest voices of his time, and anyone who has ever been moved by the power of soul music needs to hear this album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a pure country album, loaded with fiddles, acoustic guitars, and close harmonies, but retaining the Chicks' signature flair, sense of humor, and personality.... An instant classic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    #1
    Remarkably varied, lush, and fascinating from start to finish, #1 is a great album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The focus on a single mood occasionally threatens to lead only to a creative dead-end, but Out from Out Where arguably betters its successors by coming together as a single work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her calm, hushed, clear singing only emphasizes the emotional torment the songs trace. The result is an album on a par with her best work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Silver Lake sounds like a Vic Chesnutt album through and through, it's also a better than average introduction to the man's work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly twisted masterpiece that offers new rewards with each new listen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other records from 2003 have been more innovative and certainly heavier, but Easy Listening is so golden, so upbeat and so perfectly right out of the Midwest's sleeper hotbed of rock that it simply sounds bigger than life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The concept is brilliant and musically the Black Heart Procession have never sounded better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spoon's most mature, accomplished work to date and a fine balance of fire and polish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's subtle build from bleak electronica to ethereal alternative rock is a stunning accomplishment; his productions haven't maintained this kind of flow since the first Soul Assassins disc.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smart, melodic, catchy songs that not only have strong, wonderful structures, but are graced with inventive, clever arrangements.