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 Ram [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,349 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Keith is happy to be a dirty old SOB, cracking jokes, drinking beer, and flirting with the ladies, and that makes Shock'n Y'All a fun, rough, rowdy album that wins you over despite your better impulses.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything here is in its right place, making Kesto (234.48:4) perhaps the only Pan Sonic album you'd ever need to own, for every style of music the group has ever recorded is presented at length and it's all produced as masterfully as ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This time out, Eitzel has built his arrangements around spare keyboard lines, atmospheric electronic samples, and percussion loops that blend with his voice and acoustic guitar to create an effect that suggest a more spare, organic version of Portishead, or a Jon Brion production that's stuck in a blue funk. But the new surroundings suit the songs quite well...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carl Newman deserves every last bit of praise thrown his way. In a better world, he would be our Elton, our Todd, our McCartney, and Slow Wonder would be on everyone's iPod, rotating on M2 hourly, and his name would be on the lips of everyone from aged Royalty to teen-aged girls.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quality is proof that intelligent hip-hop need not lack excitement, soul, or genuine emotion; it's one of the best rap albums of a year with no shortage of winners.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Able to make the timeworn themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll and the basic guitars-drum-bass lineup seem new and vital again, the Strokes may or may not be completely arty and calculated, but that doesn't prevent Is This It? from being an exciting, compulsively listenable debut...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I Do feels like one of Jackson's most assured and best albums, proof positive that he's the best mainstream country singer of this decade.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A hallmark for the band, a culmination of their previous work, and -- upon its release -- their best album to date.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songs that have grown overly familiar through years of play seem fresh and new because of these vigorous, muscular performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best of all, it all feels effortless, from the production to the songwriting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Come to Where I'm From, Joseph Arthur shows a willingness to ease up on the stifling angst that dominated his previous efforts. To be sure, the album still has more than its share of gut-wrenching misery -- there's no shortage of lines like "I feel like taking a razor blade and on my wrist write an invitation" -- but this time out, the anguish is balanced by healthy doses of self-awareness and a winking sense of humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply the finest effort yet from the Bad Seeds; one which leaves the listener in awe, full of complex emotions and pondering the fact that they've just been in the presence of great art...
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the Welsh iconoclast at his most elegant, energetic, and innovative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all the new assistance, Tasty is formatted much like Kaleidoscope and Wanderland, constantly swinging back and forth between bouncy pop and laid-back (not throwback) soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The icing on the cake is in the little details.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tautly crafted, thoughtful album, Shine a Light more than follows through on the promise of their debut, and proves that the Constantines have the ability to be both down to earth and dramatic within their grasp.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sounds exactly how an underground sensation's breakthrough album should: bigger and tighter than their earlier material, but not so polished that it will scare away longtime fans.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    May well be the best album of her career.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that has all of the elements necessary to be a pop classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Aretha Franklin, Linda Jones, and Otis Redding, Staton's voice is the sound of emotion being ripped from the human heart and offered, bleeding and broken, pleading and yearning, to the listener.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This bold recording is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a wonderfully intimate aesthetic fueling its 12 songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A switch in approach and sound definitely worked for them, and fans shouldn't be put off by Beulah's toughened confidence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harcourt experiments in more ways than one on this album, never overindulgent in the process.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A hypnotic, bittersweet, transcendental pop masterpiece.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Romantica charges out of the gate with a new vigor, brightness, and sensitivity that, in retrospect, hasn't really come together within one package for them since maybe Bewitched.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another title that demonstrates what an awesome period the late '70s and early '80s was for music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It ranks high among his finest albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Out of the Shadows" is an indie dream come true. A dream like another great Elliott Smith record, or a Sebadoh record that isn't an embarrassment, or a Neutral Milk Hotel record that makes sense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moby shows himself back in the groove after a long hiatus, balancing his sublime early sound with the breakbeat techno evolution of the '90s.