Almost Cool's Scores

  • Music
For 410 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 93 You Forgot It In People
Lowest review score: 20 Do The Bambi
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 410
410 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Despite all the different guest appearances, Level Live Wires never feels hodge-podge or unsteady.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Although some have dismissed the group as glorified emo, the group has really gone far and beyond such a simple statement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's probably not substantial enough that it will stick in my head all year (and possibly not even until the ground thaws), but it is a highly enjoyable pop album from a young group who are riding some hype and getting slapped with backlash at the same time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    One of the better British rock discs that I've heard in awhile.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Highly recommended for fans of The Shins [and] New Pornographers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a whole, The Body The Blood The Machine is a bit more inconsistent than Fuckin' A, but at the same time has some of the best songs in the group's discography and some of the better arrangements [as] well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It feels more like a transitional album than the next level for the group.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The group takes the term "clinical" to new heights, yet this newest effort still sounds more loose than their last effort.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I actually find it kind of funny that the group has managed to land on a large label with this release, because even though it's a bit more polished sounding than anything they've done before, I simply can't imagine anything on "Crimes" playing on anything other than college radio.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One could argue that it sounds like a different group on this release, and technically it is. Still, if you like the last album from Rogue Wave, I can't imagine you going wrong with this one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you like instrumental hip-hop and don't mind a few tracks with vocals (most of which are quite well done), Soft Money is worth checking out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    [A] blistering album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is nicely-conceived pop music that keeps things concise and interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the inconsistencies, Hello Everything is one of the best things that Jenkinson has done in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some tracks that take immediate hold, it's another album that takes a little bit of simmering to really sink in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just the right mixture of sonics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A highly enjoyable album that doesn't beg to be parsed too deeply.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Your tolerance level for the group will probably mostly have to do with how well you can stand the rather light vocal stylings and the sometimes lighter-electronics programming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I find Venice quite beautiful and downright stunning in places, yet simply good in others.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A lot different than the release under his own name, Audion is enough to make you sweat a bit whether you use it for dancing or as a soundtrack for *ahem* other activities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It pays off big time in places while feeling a bit hesitant in others.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It doesn't always work, but there are more than enough explosive moments to pick up the slack.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sounds sort of like a cross between a more mainstream New Order and Daft Punk.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Cinder isn't an album that wallops you over the head at any points, but wins you over with steady and solid songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An atmospheric slab of mostly instrumental keyboard-driven music that basically sounds like a further advanced version of what LaValle has been doing for some time now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, the album doesn't show quite the range that some of his previous works have done, but if you enjoy Waits, you're definitely not going to go wrong here.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In essence, it still sounds like Fridge, but they've decided to look backwards just as much (and possibly more) than they looked forwards.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    In the end Just A Souvenir isn't quite as consistent as it could be, but it offers a nice new direction that will likely have a bit more staying power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Taken individually, several of the tracks on the disc are the best that Gough has ever done. As a whole, the album just flows a bit inconsistently.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Contains some of their best work, as well as some of their most indulgent.