Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,766 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Out Of The Shadow
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,766 music reviews
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    The eight tracks here defy formula, instead feeding off of one another in a cannibalistic frenzy of samples and constantly shifting beats... This is a deceptive and brilliant album. [#147, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Some of the most evocative music of this century. [Dec 2002, p.97]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Equally adept with paradiddles and software plugins, these digital-age surrealists have birthed a musical hybrid all their own. [Nov 2003, p.100]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    The result is aural perfection. [Feb 2003, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    [Jurado] may be our generation's Neil Young. [Apr 2003, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Shimmeringly beautiful and richly unpredictable. [Mar 2003, p.92]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Giraffe hums with the kind of lush, emotive pop New Order were making circa Power, Corruption and Lies. [Mar 2003, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Lound insanity is sexy; quiet insanity is sexier. [Sep 2003, p.118]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A sonically cinematic experience that will leave the listener feeling at once elated and emotionally drained. [Aug 2003, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Beautifully melodic, quietly clever and painfully smart. [Jul 2004, p.136]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Absolution's chaotic choruses feel like the triumphant culmination of some earth-shattering undertaking. [Jul 2004, p.146]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Experienced, acclaimed groups rarely make albums as bold and confrontational as Stankonia, because they have too much to lose. OutKast don't care.... The Atlanta duo coalesced the political and societal challenges of hip hop's past into what is one of the genre's most artistically unortodox releases so far. [12/2000, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    With Crimes, the Bloods have built the sturdiest bridge between the hardcore underground and indie-rock elitists. [Nov 2004, p.144]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    A career-arching centerpiece. [Nov 2004, p.154]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Give[s] Skyward In Triumph and Earth 2 a run for the title of Best Album By A Duo, ever. [Jan 2005, p.113]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Like all great albums, De-Loused in the Comatorium takes multiple listens to absorb, and, even then, you're probably not going to have a clue to what Bixler's raving about. [Jul 2003, p.107]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Indestructible is the document of a band retaining their energy and refining their vision to be honest to themselves and their fans, while spitting venom in the eyes of their detractors. [Oct 2003, p.115]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    It's the beautifully austere, grown-up pop album we've been waiting years for Mac McCaughan to record. [Jun 2003, p.97]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Rarely have they sounded more comfortable with themselves. [Oct 2003, p.116]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    This is Calexico at their finest. [March 2003, p.86]
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    • 64 Metascore
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    Masterfully crafted torch songs, coated with a thin layer of orchestral gloss and trip-hop beats that stand out as unique. [May 2001, p.64]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Kozelek's unique arrangements and breathtaking melodies set him far above his contemporaries. [#154, p.93]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    Vapor Transmissions is a hymnal for brave new citizens who have adopted The Matrix as a religion while using artifice as deception for their sinister subtexts. [#146, p.81]
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    • 69 Metascore
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    The duo have crafted a disc that grafts underground rawness (garage rock, no wave, electro, classic '80s goth) to their taut dance grooves. [Sep 2004, p.140]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    An appreciation for the heart, humor and no-bullshit directness of the very best hip hop is all that's required. [May 2004, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    An impeccable album that makes good on the promise he's shown in the past. [May 2004, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Riff-roaring and exuberant, this album funnels the sprawling noise of the band's previous discs into one direct aural javelin aimed for your brain. [Jan 2005, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    A massive instrumental effort, as skilled and musical as it is on-the-fly improvised and messy. Seamlessly blending sonic experiments with live group interactions, godspeed saunter through these four extended pieces with ease. [#150, p.94]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    There hasn't been a song-oriented psychedelic album that's had this sort of life-affirming, full-bodied roar since Mercury Rev's 1993 classic, Boces. [June 2003, p.110]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    An enthralling emotional powerhouse propped up by fantastic post-punk that rips your head off and then gently sews it back in place. [Apr 2003, p.74]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    The music on Selmasongs brings Bjork's penchant for haunting melodies, cinematic imagery and ambient percussion fully to bear.... Though composed for a film, the music is 100-percent Bjork and may well be her best work yet. [12/2000, p.91]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    This should be in everyone's stereo this spring, as it may go down in the history books as the Pet Sounds for the aggressive-rock world. [Apr 2003, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    It's a thing of subversive beauty, a striking debut that's self-assured and captivating. [Mar 2004, p.104]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Suave yet sublimely ridiculous... most of Uh-Oh raises the stakes by escalating nearly every aspect to critical mass. [#153, p.88]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Mescaleros Martin Slattery and Scott Shields have yielded a remarkably cohesive set of songs with arrangements that Strummer would have approved of. [Dec 2003, p.135]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    A great album, crammed with hooks and harmonies, goofball lyrics and the left-of-center melodic twists any indie-rawk geek would fly or die for. [Jul 2004, p.148]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    A heartbreakingly brilliant album that unravels itself slowly if you just stop and listen. [Jul 2004, p.132]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    There's something for everyone here. [Jul 2003, p.120]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Accessible enough for people who learn about new music from [NPR] and sonically interesting enough to appeal to hardcore electroheads. [May 2004, p.110]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    A thrilling listen. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    The quintet's Molotov mixture of suburb surrealism and sonic extremity is the perfect scrub for everything you've been subjected to in culture and daily life. [Apr 2003, p.73]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    The rare sort of album that convinces you original music still exists. [Jan 2004, p.110]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    This journey to Nocturama's not to be missed. [March 2003, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    His honky-tonk piano ballads are a little less haunted and more memorable. [June 2003, p.104]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Think Doug Martsch fronting the Shins and playing the sweetest Carl Newman jams ever. [Sep 2004, p.124]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    On Hearts, riffs exist in cutting words and soulful guitar lines, not glittery axe solos; and every intricately timed punch to the throat is mastery. [Feb 2003, p.64]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    As is the case whenever [Kurt] Wagner's velvet croon wraps itself around a night that ends so late it's already morning... there really isn't a critic in the world who can touch him. [combined review of both discs; Mar 2003, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    As is the case whenever [Kurt] Wagner's velvet croon wraps itself around a night that ends so late it's already morning... there really isn't a critic in the world who can touch him. [combined review of both discs; Mar 2003, p.94]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    Jet storm the new rock pack with the diverse appeal and catchy compositions. [Nov 2003, p.112]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    A snow globe of an album that's sparkling, brilliant and only held back by gravity. [Aug 2004, p.106]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    This Is For Real is the album Aerosmith might make if they were back on the sauce. [Jul 2004, p.146]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Two masterpieces. [Dec 2004, p.158]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Like most good thematic albums, or films or books, for that matter, it's hard to put the pieces together on Album Of The Year, and just when you think you've got the narrative unraveled, you'll rediscover another lost passage or double entendre. [Sep 2004, p.122]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    It's the urgency of [Dizzee's] brash Brit patois that dares you not to decipher it. [Jan 2005, p.114]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Sing The Sorrow soars with the kind of melodies hit singles are made of, yet it somehow persists with AFI's esoteric darkness. [Apr 2003, p.69]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    Once again, A Perfect Circle have quietly produced a masterpiece that challenges the very nature of testosterone-fueled angst. [Nov 2003, p.110]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    [They] satisfy largely by serving up more of what made their debut so good. [Dec 2003, p.142]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    At once daring and danceable, The New Romance is the best Talking Heads record Bikini Kill never made. [Oct 2003, p.120]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Stop pretending that Morrissey is still relevant, that the Libertines are actually good and that you understand Radiohead. The Futureheads will give you everything you need, if you just let them. [Dec 2004, p.144]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    Has as much to do with Ray Davies as it does with hip hop and garage. [Jul 2004, p.148]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    All invention and no indulgence. [Jun 2004, p.110]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    The band update a tired synth-pop sound with purring guitars and just enough punked-out drum and vocal flourishes to give texture to what might otherwise have become new-wave wallpaper. [Nov 2003, p.114]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Every track on Basement is a highlight. [Nov 2004, p.150]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    The first great rock album of 2004. [May 2004, p.102]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Mount Eerie would be a gorgeous record even if the vision behind it didn't fall somewhere between Biblical allegory and Greek myth, but the drama makes it all the more stunning. [Feb 2003, p.70]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    It's the album most bands wish they could make. [Aug 2004, p.101]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    Fuse[s] the best parts of '60s rock and '90s rock without sounding dated (see Oasis) or contrived (paging Franz Ferdinand). [Jan 2005, p.113]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Riskier but not totally out of character; it's the more holistic right brain to Wide Awake's rational left brain. [Feb 2005, p.81]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A raw portrait of a 20-something disenchanted with his city, his country and his life. [Feb 2005, p.81]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Ample evidence that Murphy is far more than a dance-club wiseguy who's too clever by half. [Apr 2005, p.128]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    It's already the most riveting album of 2005--provided you're ready to carve a wide enough hole in your consciousness to accept it. [Mar 2005, p.130]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    A series of sparse ruminations on barren landscapes and cosmic coincidence that comprises weird sound effects, acoustic finger-picking, tape loops and spectral vocal incantations. [Apr 2005, p.118]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    A must-hear. [May 2005, p.138]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    The Queens have officially given us the first legitimate Album Of The Year candidate for 2005. [May 2005, p.130]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Long live the king of hip. [May 2005, p.132]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    There isn't one song on Elevator as undeniable as "Bandages"... No, there are 12 of them. [May 2005, p.172]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A devastatingly beautiful collection of songs, and in some circles, it could be the best album released this year. [May 2005, p.124]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    [They] clearly sound alive with the possibility of redefining punk song structure by writing 11-minute flamboyant guitar dirges that have as much in common with My Bloody Valentine as they do with '70s arena rock. [May 2005, p.170]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Depending on your worldview, Art Brut are either the most whimsical folks in Britrock or the most sardonic bastards you've ever worshiped via air guitar. [Jul 2006, p.186]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Remarkably cohesive. [Aug 2005, p.176]
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    • 59 Metascore
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    Some of the most engaging music of his career. [Aug 2005, p.172]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    [Sheff's] uncompromisingly literate songs provide unusually rewarding payoffs. [May 2005, p.124]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    It's ridiculously ambitious--and consistently surprising. [Aug 2005, p.164]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    This is a sensational place to get acquainted with the immortal wonder of drones. [Aug 2005, p.178]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Everything's emotional whole is greater than the sum of its individual musical parts. [Aug 2005, p.176]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    There's a constant sense of forward motion to Menos El Oso that suits the whole metaphor of growing up and growing out. [Oct 2005, p.156]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Both exhilaratingly rocking and gorgeously pensive. [Nov 2005, p.210]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    As edgy as singer-songwriter pop gets. [Oct 2005, p.158]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    It's the best post-retro, pre-futurist, avant-antiquarian psychedelia of 2005. [Nov 2005, p.226]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    Not many albums make you smile so much your face hurts. [Oct 2005, p.156]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    Finally, Coheed have made an album worthy of repeat listens, rather than a monster you skim through to hit the interesting parts. [Nov 2005, p.218]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    A full-on party record. [Nov 2005, p.201]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    Z is their OK Computer, an album of scope and resonance that lasts far longer than its 40-minute run-time. [Oct 2005, p.162]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    This revisitation of the band's canon burns brighter than a thousand nuclear-rector accidents. [Nov 2005, p.218]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    An album that's for neither hardcore hip-hop fans nor punk rockers, but for everyone. [Nov 2005, p.224]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    For an elite cadre of sound warriors, the disc perfectly bridges Slayer's demonic metallic riff majesty with the maniacally convoluted dynamics of French prog-rockers Magma. [Dec 2005, p.216]
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    • 63 Metascore
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    As exhausting as it is brilliant. [Dec 2005, p.202]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    A gimmick-free indie-rock record that's both instantly gratifying and that seems destined to join the timeless-pop pantheon. [Dec 2005, p.202]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    As good as anything out there. [Nov 2005, p.220]
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