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 Some Girls [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
9,580 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By not just defying but denying the expectations about what their music should be like, the Liars have created one of the most fascinating, confrontational albums of the 2000s.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call Bachelor No. 2 a masterpiece may be overstating the matter somewhat, since an album this intimate and unassuming (but not unconfident) doesn't call attention to itself the way self-styled masterpieces do. However, it isn't hyperbole to call it the finest record Mann has made to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Things We Lost in the Fire's slowly rising warmth and subtly hopeful tone not only make this Low's most cohesive, compelling collection, but one of 2001's best albums.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creatively, My Private Nation, Train's third album, is the moment this band has worked for since it started making records.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Ugly Organ is greater than the sum of its parts, with tracks that flow into one another seamlessly in spite of the wildly varying tempo and stylistic changes, not surprisingly like a classical piece in that regard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Built on acoustic guitars with little splashes of color like handclaps, tooting horn sections, and subtle strings, the record sounds remarkably large in its smallness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although listeners who found the first Broken Social Scene release a nice ambient pop treat may be put off by this one's all-over-the-map approach, it's certainly a much more accessible release overall and there's bound to be something in here that you'll enjoy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sheer joy of their music is undeniably persuasive, evoking the otherworldly brilliance of everything from Pet Sounds to The Soft Bulletin.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Picking up the ball right about where Air dropped it after Moon Safari, Röyksopp produced one of the most intriguing downbeat albums of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Once in a Lifetime does run out of steam toward the end, it has to be said that it doesn't outstay its welcome, and apart from a track or two at the very end, this is a compelling, entertaining listen from start to finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a long lost Fluid disc, Electric Sweat proffers primordial MC5 riffs with a healthy dose of soul as only four white guys in leather jackets with every Motown record in their collections could manage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Earthquake Glue isn't a masterpiece, it's as close as this band can be expected to get, and is the rare Guided By Voices effort that's imaginative enough for longtime loyalists and tight enough for dabblers at the same time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vespertine isn’t so much a departure from her previous work as a culmination of the musical distance she’s traveled...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful balance of beautiful indie rock and subtle country.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's enough of a reinvention to suggest that Britney will know what to do when the teen-pop phenomenon of 1999-2001 passes for good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its subtle textural enhancement, the album renders the esoteric pleasures of Todd's compositions and highly individual songs considerably more accessible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's little doubt to Since I Left You's status as one of the most intimate and emotional dance records that isn't vocal-based.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like both Radiohead and Foo Fighters, Cave In is a stylistic chameleon that rarely uses its freewheeling taste as a crutch to present self-indulgent material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may not be Mouse on Mars' most ambitious albums, but it's among the group's most successful -- it's not at all difficult to feel a connection to this truly intelligent dance music.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ladies of Northern State deliver funky breaks and tight grooves on Dying in Stereo, and keep the hip-hop flavor without being vulgar and crass.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Franti and Spearhead almost made a deliberate attempt to stray from the typical hip-hop beats and go for something a bit more organic and acoustic than their previous efforts -- and the experiments more than pay off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Haha Sound may not be Broadcast's most superficially perfect album, but it's a more challenging and exciting one because of its deliberate imperfections.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where The Great Eastern was a fairly gentle and tentative record in a lot of ways, this one is bigger and demands your attention. The good news is that it's one of those rare records that actually deserves all of the attention it demands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has the singer infused more mainstream rock elements (prominent strummed guitars) into her music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half dance party, half political rally, Gotham is a rock record for a new era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who have been waiting for Gomez to come up with something that truly rivals their amazing debut Bring It On, wait no longer. This one is great.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Steve Earle proves again and again that he is the original alternative to the glossy side of Nashville.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be country, but that doesn't matter; When the Sun Goes Down is winning, sturdy mainstream pop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dear Catastrophe Waitress [is] the richest musical offering yet from Belle & Sebastian.