All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,473 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 Superunknown [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Graffiti
Score distribution:
9,473 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arthur is in a class of his own and Our Shadows Will Remain is a monstrous, memorable outing, his finest moment in a career that is thus far full of them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best tracks on this album stand up well against the likes of the Move and the Creation, or at the very least, the Green Pajamas and the Apples in Stereo.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that, for all of its flaws, is still easily one of the best rock records of 2002.
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But while De-Loused in the Comatorium may well remove the stigma from the prog and art rock forms it suggests, and is certainly a monument to unbridled creativity, it can also be seen as bombastic and indulgent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably, these songs not only retain their emotional core even after they've been cleaned up, but they perhaps even gain more resonance in this setting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pawn is immediately grabbing, and instead of fading upon further plays, it reveals more with each listen, whether it's a lyrical turn of phrase or an unexpected twist in the arrangement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A simple, straight-ahead match of excellent MC with great producers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This time the group finds a better balance of the simple and the strange, making Loud Like Nature their most exciting album since Avant Hard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neko Case has crafted an album whose quiet drift only adds to its power; it's hard to say if hanging out with Nick Cave on tour had much of an influence on her, but this disc sounds a bit like Case's version of The Boatman's Call, a personal exploration of the heart and soul that proves sad and beautiful can often walk hand in hand.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We Are Science sees Dot Allison going beyond even the highs of One Dove and crafting an accessible, evocative masterpiece that consistently surprises and thrills.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the most moving, ambitious, and elegant album of her career thus far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Dirt Road is not just one of Brooks & Dunn's most ambitious records, it's also one of their best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To the duo's credit, Matmos avoids making A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure grisly or gross; Andrew Daniel and Martin Schmidt approach the album's concept with their usual playfulness and an appropriately clinical detachment, resulting in some clever and surprisingly diverse songs
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This might not necessarily qualify as an archival record filled with unexpected revelations, but it is filled with wonderful music that deepens appreciation of Bowie's first great blast of creativity. Needless to say, any true fan needs it in their collection...
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Constantly yields new musical surprises.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the Gang Starr trademarks are in place, from Premier's perfect upchoruses to Guru's reedy voice cutting or instructing, and sounding better than ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Luckily her sixth full release has some true charm, with some fine blue-eyed soul and slickly produced rock. But the production tries too hard to align her with Sheryl Crow's growling sound.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Builds considerable muscle to the skeletal frailty of intricate guitar work while commendably maintaining all which was good of their debut.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wild thing is that M!ssundaztood not only works, it works smashingly -- a bewildering amalgam of sounds and attitudes that shouldn't fit together, but defy all odds and do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best rap LPs of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a sense, this is Built to Spill's pop album: every song is direct and clean, without the long, cerebral jamming that characterized their earlier albums.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There really isn't another dance/rap act on the scene that combines snarky teenage style with seriously slammin' retro dance beats the way Fannypack does.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her confidence blossomed this time around and vocally, she's never sounded so good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their brightest, most accessible album to date... the band is absolutely brimming with confidence and vitality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the most satisfying Songs: Ohia album since Axxess & Ace.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sound is huge and intimate all at once; the songs have hooks and staying power.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is less a bold statement of principle as it is a blossoming into maturity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hard Candy is the sound of a band at a creative and poetic summit.