All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 8,866 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Diotima
Lowest review score: 20 Graffiti
Score distribution:
8,866 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shipp, whose restless vision is never clouded by grandiosity or pretense, has become the most important pianist on the scene today. Equilibrium is soul music for the mind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Eternal Youth, Future Bible Heroes erase any idea of the band being a side-project and work together as a trio striving for the same artistic goals. In doing so, they may have created their masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A diverse, accomplished album that manages to be unabashedly emotional, playful, and ambitious all at the same time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the scattered clicks and beats of Autechre and combines it with the tunefulness of Spiritualized.... Very rewarding.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Poetic, languid, spoken/sung vocals similar to Lou Reed weave between lovely melodies whose appeal is evident usually after repeated listenings.... Its highlights recall the past glories of this commercially overlooked band, and adds a handful of keepers to their best work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stag is punk done in the tradition of Patti Smith and the Replacements rather than the Sex Pistols. It is punk in its rebellious spirit, its contagious energy, and its anti-establishment calls to action. More than that, though, it is pure Amy Ray -- her activism and her artistry melding and achieving something remarkable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a landmark in the subgenre of alt-country goth
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is easily Sheik's strongest, and most mature record to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely a treasure to be sought out, A South Bronx Story is essential for any hip-hop head, post-punk connoisseur, dance fanatic, or Luscious Jackson fan.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quality Control hits all of the same highs as Jurassic 5's excellent EP of three years earlier...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly lovely album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Devil Dawn is a welcome masterpiece of emotional subtleties -- the great record that Crooked Fingers missed the mark on with 2001's drunken, bluesy and somewhat disappointing Bring On the Snakes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Central Reservation is first and foremost a record about hope and survival ... but its underlying message of healing and perseverance is powerfully life-affirming -- her music hasn't merely discovered the light at the end of the tunnel, it's now bathing in it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does it hold the duo's most sleek and vicious material; it also proves that they can construct a bracing, compulsively digestible-in-whole album that presents the broad range of sounds and complementary sequencing that most great albums require.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the acoustic D sounds better, weirder, and purer, this still is a hell of a record, particularly because it rocks so damn hard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not one weak track, not one misplaced syrupy ballad to ruin the groove. The winning streak continues.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like your pop a little left of center and found the Postal Service to be too cute and syrupy, your fix is here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The astute and eclectic programming makes for a better listen than other attempts that have been made to compile '80s alternative rock.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album flows like sweet maple syrup from beginning to end, Kilgour's intimate croon caressing you like kind words from an old friend.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Snoop Dogg never slipped from the charts, Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$ smacks of a comeback, and it's a great one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aaliyah isn't just a statement of maturity and a stunning artistic leap forward, it is one of the strongest urban soul records of its time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase "just another" to be banned from use when discussing him.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elephant overflows with quality -- it's full of tight songwriting, sharp, witty lyrics, and judiciously used basses and tumbling keyboard melodies that enhance the band's powerful simplicity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just his best album since Blood on the Tracks, but the loosest, funniest, warmest record he's made since The Basement Tapes.
    • 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'.