All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,580 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 I'm Back! Family & Friends
Score distribution:
9,580 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is simply the bravest, most emotionally wrenching record she's ever issued.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You Are Free may take awhile longer than expected to unfold, but once it does, its excellence is undeniable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's difficult to imagine how Badly Drawn Boy could've improved on The Hour of Bewilderbeast any better than this astonishing work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all attempts to sabotage his songwriting and production with innumerable experimental tidbits, songs within a song, and (seemingly) tossed-off arrangements, Damon Gough has to face the fact that He wrote and produced over a dozen excellent songs of baroque folk-pop for his album debut, and the many gems can't help but shine through all the self-indulgence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With rugged guitar riffs and solos and Finn's half-sung, scratchy voice, the Hold Steady mostly succeed, easily recalling the classic rock of early Bruce Springsteen or the sincerity of latter-day Hüsker Dü.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The main complaint voiced by critics of Godspeed's music is that their works just repeat the same pattern: start out sparse and slow, build-build-build, crescendo. While there are certainly crescendos, there is no such predictable pattern repeated among the works on Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven -- it's loaded with dynamics, unexpected sections, strong emotions and beauty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As serious as things get on Penance Soiree (and the choppy "Spit On" gets pretty serious), there's the happily nagging notion that Icarus Line just want to entertain, and that they're damn good at it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their familiarity with vintage instruments and addictive laid-back swagger help them avoid the pretension that sometimes follows the Beta Band.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic debut album that only gets richer and better with more listens, Gallowsbird's Bark is more fully formed and daring than most second or third albums from many bands.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No!
    Ultimately, No! is one of the group's most creative albums in years, and undoubtedly one of 2002's best children's releases, because it says yes to fun and individuality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listeners who came of age during the alt-rock revolution and were disappointed, even outraged, at Liz Phair's Matrix makeover in 2003 should find In Exile Deo is exactly what they were looking for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phrenology is the hardest-hitting Roots album to date, partly because it's their most successful attempt to re-create their concert punch in the studio.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Happiness in Magazines feels like Coxon's first true solo album -- it's the first to present a complex, robust portrait of him as an artist, and the first that holds its own next to what he accomplished in Blur.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Refreshingly simple and cleverly stupid, I Get Wet makes indoctrination fun again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It, admittedly, may be a bit too much for someone who isn't quite a big devotee of the band, but it's a veritable godsend for those who've been waiting for this for years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A set of electronica that's nearly as challenging as Autechre's relentlessly academic beat manipulation but just as funky and instantly gratifying as a Fatboy Slim flag-waver.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far more than someone like Beth Orton -- who seems positively conventional in comparison -- she's creating a new paradigm for singer/songwriters, with electronics an integral part of her sound, rather than an afterthought.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His tracks are vibrant and imaginative, calling on fuzzed-out guitar solos and summer-day vocals that recall a raft of solid shoegazers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plenty of fuzzed, struttin', propulsive guitar work on this disc to assault your ears.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    23rd Street Lullaby is a wise, grown-up record, yet it is guided by an untamed, wily heart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It could be the most innocent, charming and believable record of 2003.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being both ear shattering and spine tingling at once, this is Fugazi at their "musical" best.