All Music Guide's Scores

  • Music
For 9,201 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 Diotima
Lowest review score: 20 The Truth Is...
Score distribution:
9,201 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's fitting that an album that truly deserves an expanded edition not only gets the deluxe edition it deserves, but one that makes a convincing argument that the sometimes ridiculous practice of expanded, multi-disc editions has a purpose after all.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's masterwork, the most perfect expression of an artist's hope, anger, and concern ever recorded.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Can released not merely one of the best Krautrock albums of all time, but one of the best albums ever, period.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just by its sheer size, a box this mammoth isn't for everybody but The Complete Columbia Album Collection restores warmth, heart, and mess to an artist whose legacy was turning into a monochromatic myth.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: Live in Europe 1967 box is an essential addition to the catalog.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten Freedom Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz's canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington's Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Flaunting both their range and their tremendously evocative productions, Massive Attack recorded one of the best dance albums of all time.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While there is still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth.... Of the first three reissues, Led Zeppelin III contains the highest quotient of unheard tunes: precisely two, although one of these doesn't quite feel new.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is as complete as we'll get and if it doesn't present any fresh revelations, it brings the Clash's era back to life, both sonically and visually.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infectious and hummable, to be sure, and a remarkably unified, irresistible piece of pop music, but no musical watershed on par with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Wilson's masterpiece, Pet Sounds.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliance of Van Lear Rose is not just how the two approaches complement each other, but how the record captures the essence of Loretta Lynn's music even as it has flourishes that are distinctly Jack.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal.... Zeppelin never felt this nervy again: they harnessed their majesty and knew how to deploy it, but here it still seems like they weren't quite sure of their limits, which is why it's a particularly exciting bonus disc [a concert given at the Olympia in Paris in 1969].
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songs that have grown overly familiar through years of play seem fresh and new because of these vigorous, muscular performances.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound of the SACD is vibrant, present, and life-like, particularly in the little match girl passion. Highly recommended for fans of new music.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [They were a creature of the studio and it] resulted in alternate mixes and instrumental scraps, the stuff that enthralls fetishists, sometimes justifiably so. Those are the listeners who will find Keep an Eye on the Sky most rewarding, but anybody who has loved the band will find something to cherish here.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's possible to appreciate just how much Butch Vig brought to Siamese Dream....This set is clearly designed with dedicated fans in mind, but for those diehards, this Deluxe Edition will offer many gems.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It digs deep into emotional territory by way of tight, almost suffocating songwriting and killer arrangements, making this one of the defining Brit folk-rock albums of the period. It holds up well in the 21st century as a true testament to the excellence of Chapman's craft.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quibbles aside, everything about this package is richly detailed, immensely pleasing, and overall a wonderful experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the incentive of live material for old fans and the sheer brilliance on offer when these records are taken together, The Warner Bros. Years is a powerful testament to Earle's second act.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through these two discs, the band's highs, tragedies, slumps, and comebacks are all evident.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are. It's no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast's status as critics' darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Led Zeppelin II doesn't have the eclecticism of the group's debut, it's arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A more aggressive, contemporary guitar attack aside, stunning power punk masterpieces like "The Act We Act," "The Slim," and "Fortune Teller" bear all of the vintage Mould musical traits.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Satan Is Real is music crafted by true believers sharing their faith, and its power goes beyond Christian doctrine into something at once deeply personal and truly universal, and the result is the Louvin Brothers' masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Promise stands on its own as a great Bruce Springsteen record; it feels finished, focused, and, above all, offers more proof that Springsteen is one of the greatest rock and pop songwriters.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madvillainy's strength lies in its mix between seemingly obtuse beats, samples, MCing, and some straight-up hip-hop bumping.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where previous records kept the rhythm section in the background, Pageant emphasizes the beat, and the band turns in its hardest rockers to date, including the anthemic "Begin the Begin" and the punky "Just a Touch."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Best of the Black President is simply a stellar collection that bests any two-disc collection out there as it represents the continued evolution of Fela Kuti's music from the 1960s through the 1990s.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cagey as ever, the Stones hide which of these are full-fledged outtakes and which are recent refurbishments very well, but ultimately it doesn't matter: this is a tremendous expansion of a classic album by every measure.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hints of this could be heard on the live comp From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, but this is a complete document of Nirvana in full flight and one of the greatest live rock & roll albums ever.