All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,635 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 Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-1962
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
9,635 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somber and smart, Decoration Day also manages to kick like a mule, and if isn't quite a masterpiece along the lines of Southern Rock Opera, it's strong enough to suggest the Drive By Truckers have another masterpiece in them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After five years, the band has lost nothing, only gained.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What sounded austere on Fan Dance sounds simple on A Boot and a Shoe, and it's the differing inferences of those two adjectives that makes all the difference.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Before the Poison is poetic and unnerving; it stands alone in her catalog in the same way that Broken English did -- but this time, on the other side of the mirror.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most cohesive collection of songs to date...
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Music is an incredible effort and a brilliant example of where rock could be headed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is not the flawless statement against complacency the band seemed to strive for, but it succeeds at tearing heads off, shooting fascists, and quickly asking questions later with unbelievable fury. For these reasons alone, it easily serves as one of the band's highest marks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Everyone Is Here lacks the brightness of much of Woodface, it's the Finn Brothers' strongest collection of songs since that masterpiece, and arguably their most emotionally resonant album to date.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She has winnowed her dueling personas -- brilliant techno-inflected DJ and haughtily self-aware vocalist -- into a fantastically complete, wildly inventive package that offers the lunatic best of both badass sides.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though their words suggest such weighty topics, the album remains sonically airy. It might get tense, but it's never dense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Layer after layer of preconceived notions and excess noise are stripped away to unveil both soft-spoken charm and intense newfound confidence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most exciting and best rock & roll record of 2004.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Endless Numbered Days is very subdued, thoughtful, melodic, and downright beautiful album and the new sound is more of a progression than a sudden shift in values, production or otherwise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The harshest and most consistent album of their career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level of punk fury and torrential modernization is high all throughout this record.... Undoubtedly, hardcore jungleists will scoff at such a high-profile, sometimes flashy presentation of drum'n'bass ethics, but this is an album full of such militant energy that it deserves to be seen as one of the strongest saving graces of jungle in years. Reprazent sounds like a band trying to make jungle's sonic equivalent to the mutinous Xtrmntr.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An aesthetic watermark for Cave, a true high point in a long career that is ever looking forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The attention to detail in the production, the punchy melodies, and the sympathetic performances by the group -- along with Kasher's writing that is nothing less than gripping and often head-shakingly brilliant -- make this record an indispensable artifact for anyone who likes indie rock with a real emotional punch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Showtime isn't the equal artistic success of Boy in da Corner, it's slightly superior, stunning for the facts that it arrives so swiftly after the debut and is far from a retread.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both records are visionary, imaginative listens, providing some of the best music of 2003, regardless of genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is not only a vital document of an important, groundbreaking band on their way up, it's one of their best albums, easily surpassing Stop Making Sense.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is more than the sum of its many parts, as the Warlocks whip up a '60s of the imagination, making you hear the sounds anew while resurrecting the old before your very eyes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thirteenth Step is the sound of a musical and lyrical maturity that normally doesn't occur until a band's third or fourth albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's not perfect -- occasionally the album's heady, indulgent feel tends to make it drag -- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes is still an impressive expansion of TV on the Radio's fascinating music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's so much effort, Holy Wood winds up a stronger and more consistent album than any of his other work. If there's any problem, it's that Manson's shock rock seems a little quaint in 2000.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though club-phobic listeners may find it difficult placing Skinner as just the latest dot along a line connecting quintessentially British musicians/humorists/social critics Nöel Coward, the Kinks, Ian Dury, the Jam, the Specials, and Happy Mondays, Original Pirate Material is a rare garage album: that is, one with a shelf life beyond six months.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Funny, beautiful, and moving, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots finds the Flaming Lips continuing to grow and challenge themselves in not-so-obvious ways after delivering their obvious masterpiece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A skillful synthesis of classic rock and modern sensibilities that's pretty irresistible.