AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 11,962 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Bang Years: 1966-1968
Lowest review score: 20 I'm Back! Family & Friends
Score distribution:
11962 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kish Kash may be the best dance record of 2003, but it's the least imaginative LP the duo have ever released.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hypnotic Underworld is a new high-water mark from one of rock's most interesting bands.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Return of Saturn, No Doubt have made a terrific, layered record that exceeds any expectations set by Tragic Kingdom.
    • AllMusic
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfect commingling of the spirits of dub reggae and mid-'70s soul and groove jazz.... NdegeOcello's finest moment on record thus far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gracious and redemptive, it is a rapt, quiescent masterwork.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ability to make a genuine album -- and not just a collage of songs -- from a wide interest in musical styles is truly what makes this album such a delightful and great surprise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Life on Other Planets is a smashing return to form, an album giddy with the sheer pleasure of making music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there were any doubters about Lamb being the brightest, most talented singer/producer combo in electronica, What Sound is all the argument needed to the contrary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good a record as any he's made, possibly his best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite Lucky's glossy, easily digestible tendencies, it still burns bright with the usual Etheridge fervor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Cobblestone Runway's surfaces may initially puzzle a few fans, the heart, soul and hard-won wisdom of these performances confirm that he's finally mastered the recording studio, and it ranks with his best-realized work to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there are come similarities to their previous efforts Bedside Drama and The Gay Parade, Coquelicot is more ambitious in its concept, arrangements, lyrics, and even artwork.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beet, Maize & Corn is a dramatic reinvention of the High Llamas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OST
    This soundtrack is a powerful tribute not only to the time-honored but commercially ignored genres of bluegrass and mountain music but also to Burnett's remarkable skills as a producer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that shares a spacy sadness with Sparklehorse's Good Morning Spider and Radiohead's OK Computer. Though it's a little more self-conscious and not quite as accomplished as either of those albums, it is Grandaddy's most impressive work yet and one of 2000's first worthwhile releases.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sparse, noir-tinged melancholia... If David Lynch should ever film a TV series in England, here are the soundtrack composers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band is making the finest music in the history of its collective.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pretty, brittle, subtle, full of surprises, and disarming in its ability to set moods, Life Is Full of Possibilities is a masterpiece that places Dntel near the top of the heap of electronic artists working in 2001.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These days music fans will be hard-pressed to find an album so satisfying.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stephin Merritt's most ambitious as well as fully realized work to date, a three-disc epic of classically chiseled pop songs that explore both the promise and pitfalls of modern romance through the jaundiced eye of an irredeemable misanthrope.