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
    • 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
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    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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By shedding the smirking artifice that served Casanova so well, and hiring producer Nigel Godrich, the Divine Comedy may be treading dangerously close to the sounds of countrymen Radiohead, but the Divine Comedy are smart enough to give listeners just enough lyrical bit to throw them off the scent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Panda Park is uplifting, mesmerizing, glittery, and unapologetically psychedelic while sounding rooted in both '70s prog and skewed latter-day punk rock.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a remarkable album; it sets a new water mark for Frisell's sense of adventure and taste, and displays his perception of beauty in a pronounced, uncompromising, yet wholly accessible way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Fan Dance, Sam Phillips has made an album that proves modesty is one the rarest and most welcome virtues in pop music today.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wanna Buy a Monkey? shows off Nakamura's ear for a great track as well as his deft turntablist skills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the appealing rawness of their early material is occasionally missed here, the strides forward that the group makes on this album more than make up for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the Rapture and to a lesser extent Radio 4 made off with all the headlines, !!! was making the best music of all the retro-punk-disco dancers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the first album of hers that's a sheer pleasure to hear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Showcases a band testing themselves by going down an untravelled road while still maintaining their identity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A work of beautiful, desolate fragility.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bottom line here is that Kozelek's aesthetic with Sun Kil Moon may not be radically different than his RHP project, but it is moving, graceful, and consciously beautiful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Underscoring the songwriting skill he's been working at since age eight and over the course of 11 songs, he plays acoustic, folk-rock, alternative, power pop, and straight-ahead rock; his lyrics are consistently heart-sung but they aren't lite (he's got weight and bite too).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shows a serious artist crafting his medium.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The depth of his production sense and the breadth of his stylistic palette prove just as astonishing the second time out.