Amazon.com's Scores

  • Music
For 468 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Chutes Too Narrow
Lowest review score: 30 Siberia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 468
468 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elements of rock, folk, and blues pervade, and producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, the Jayhawks) stays out of the way, allowing Merritt’s voice to embody the songs, all 11 of which flow from start to finish, uninterrupted and primed for full-on stardom.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A smoldering rock and roll record that rivals John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band and Nirvana’s In Utero in terms of unexpectedness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether Finding Forever surpasses "Be" is a matter of individual, song-for-song taste: At worst, it's on par--a laudable accomplishment for a veteran now 15 years into his career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On The True False Identity, Burnett substantiates his role as a composer and performer steeped in traditional American music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is his best since [Supreme Clientele].
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith adds subtle layers of piano to the formidable 'Wild West Love Song' and the bluesy, Zeppelin-like 'Jesus in the Temple.' But even more newsworthy, her jazzy stylings have rubbed off on the Bielankos.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a sea of pretenders, the Kills are capable of providing some genuine competition for the White Stripes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A travel kaleidoscope of a neverending road passing by the window.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most songs keep well away from a standard verse-chorus structure, with lyric and instrumental passages stitched together like some indie rock Frankenstein, but Minus the Bear keeps the melodies potent and the emotion high enough to prevent Planet of Ice from drifting into impenetrable shoe-gazer territory.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's one thing the R&B phenomenon demonstrates on Grown & Sexy, is that growing up is sexy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Pixies' alter ego alludes to Brood either candidly or implicitly in all 11 songs, veering far from the Nashville-and-Memphis tones of the last two Black albums for a return trip to his raucous roots.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, this spare approach serves Thompson well because he's such a strong and varied songwriter plus a remarkably distinctive guitarist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's a downside to this brilliant, if unlikely pairing, it's that Krauss's somber program could benefit from something a tad more libidinous or uptempo.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part though, One Step Forward is more self assured and richly textured, nicely refining a winning formula that will no doubt enchant the many fans of its predecessor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The nine tracks run a tad samey-same, but that's at least part of their charm. They and assert Boeckner anew as a prescient, skeptical voice, coarsely toned and draped in machine-sounding music even as he inveighs against the post-modern world--technology and urban living and traffic and so on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album boasts a handful of crowd-pleasing, party-starting cuts.... Yet more common are moments of startling beauty... and heavy doses of recrimination and regret.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tambourine may not quite live up to the Dusty in Memphis comparisons, but it may very well wind up the album of Tift Merritt's career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the mark of men confident enough to give their album one of the world's goofiest titles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coheed and Cambria's first three outings were smart, adventurous affairs that didn't eschew accessibility and No World for Tomorrow proves no exception.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DeVaughan simultaneously sounds like every soul singer who has raised bumps on your arms and none of them at all, which is to say he's an artist no matter what banner he flies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs on his debut album, Charmed and Strange are quirky and inventive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make up for lost time and embrace these wonderful smartypants-es today.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her strongest [album] by far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As usual, the band never takes itself too seriously, crafting melodies around a lively, vigorous cast of characters that practically come to life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While [Finn's] odd and humorous rants are essentially compelling, they wouldn't be half as engrossing if his backing group... didn't smack up such a glorious din, scabrous punk rock swagger dolled up with classic hard rock power chords.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His limber voice and way with a lyric serve him well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here he shows more quirky imagination and inventive musicianship than on any of his earlier efforts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twice is a sweet, mercurial foray into lip-quivering American indie-rock infused with the blissful aroma of Creation-style ambience and the woody scent of paisley-clad cosmic country.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mixes arena rock in the vein of an Alice in Chains with the aggression of Pantera.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who are intrigued by electronica but find it's too chilly for their tastes would be wise to check out Psapp.