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 4.2 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
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Zep faithful will welcome the belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On every tune, Mercer packs more hooks and melodic invention than most bands do on one album. As a whole, it's an even better record than Inverted World.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Turns out those hypothetical comparisons to Sgt. Pepper's weren't so far off the mark.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Out of Nothing is a truly exceptional album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Extraordinary Machine, she shatters already sky-high expectations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Black Cadillac is darker than its predecessor, but with melodies often more complex and lyrics more stunningly poetic than anything its creator has conjured before, the album is more transforming than depressing, and exquisitely beautiful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The disc is truly beautiful on the ears, filled with gorgeous dynamics, crisp, discordant playing and impressive production to boot.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dust is an atmospheric tour de force that doesn't just come from left field, it breaks through the outfield wall.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliantly melds the aural imagery of Andrew Hill's '60s Blue Note classic Judgment! with contemporary electronica effects.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intelligent, interesting, honest, diverse and ever so slightly screwed up--what more could you want from a rock 'n' roll record? [Amazon UK review]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about this album moves the duo up a level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Westerberg's not making sensitive statements or trying to write a pop song as good as "Alex Chilton" here. As such, it's the best music he's made in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stylish tour de force.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the dreamiest pop to emerge on the U.S. side of the pond in recent years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She is still in the forefront of genre-transcending artistry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amidst all the fun is a dynamic record that holds your attention.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rootsy and undeniable, The Intercontinentals is yet another Frisellian work of genius.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's difficult to think of a more compelling sophomore record by a young singer-songwriter, Norah included.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album serves as both an ambitious travelogue and as a graceful rejoinder to the bitterness and frustration that inspired it, with Amos wading through swells of sadness ("I Can't See New York"), anger ("Don't Make Me Come to Vegas"), and insecurity ("Your Cloud") with velvety grace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Happiness in Magazines is riddled with glorious pop songs, and in a sane world would yield several hit singles. [Amazon UK]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carpenter reestablishes herself not only as a world-class poet, but as an artist of the first order.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Flaming Lips' particular and peculiar genius comes to full fruition on the stupendous The Soft Bulletin.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of 2003's best releases.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterly exercise in restraint, subtle sophistication, and melodic playfulness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Out of Season creates a dreamily sinister otherworld that's both vintage and timeless. [Amazon UK review]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's not a weak moment on this dark-horse gem of a disc.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Van Lear Rose exceeds all expectations, a bold collaboration in which artists from two different musical universes forge a memorable work that neither could have created alone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Lush, impossibly mature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As with all great country music, exquisite execution, splendid sound, and depth of feeling combine to create a cathartic, redemptive result.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    West magically sledgehammers home his opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persson, the finest pop lyricist working today, is on peak form while the band's back-to-roots grand piano and grander acoustic guitars provide an appropriately magnificent backing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Frayed, fuzzy and undeniably excellent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Beekeeper returns the quirky singer to the same whimsical terrain of 1992's Little Earthquakes, but with much stronger storylines, and a much more assured and nuanced voice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a newcomer to Chasny’s sublime psychedelic folk or were a fan from the get-go and own all the limited editon vinyl, no one could possibly be disappointed with this album.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Emancipation works the kind of pure-pop magic that sets us all free.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not since the days of The Tom Tom Club, Bananarama, and "Lucky Star"-era Madonna, has dance-pop been this fun, this bouncy, this unabashedly optimistic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This destined-to-be-classic release will please a wide variety of his fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get Behind Me Satan is the strangest and least focused effort by these unlikely garage rock superstars to date. It's also their finest, an Exile on Main Street-ish mish-mash where the sum is greater than the parts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one can breath breezy, sun-splashed melodies into three-minute fits of aggravation and despair quite like songwriting maestro Joe Pernice.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His richest and most consistently satisfying release since the late '80s.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Late Registration can't replicate the novelty of last year's College Dropout, but otherwise, this is an impressively more mature and labored-over album.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wildflower moves Sheryl Crow one step closer to Hall of Fame status.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a stunning, confident piece of work that suggests the band is merely getting started.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music you listen to when drugs don't work anymore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that is wholly satisfying: not too overwrought and never self-assuredly slick.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fabulous collection of delirious, dizzy alt-pop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sweaty, head-spinningly good dance music.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their songs are infectious, silly and often weirdly beautiful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In drawing on the theatrical, macro-orchestrations reminiscent of Scott Walker and expanding on the slapdash, quirky, musical humor of the Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson, this album reaches another peak for Bejar and is one of Destroyer's best works yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly remarkable... Fans of Fela and the Ethiopiques discs will dig this, as will fans of the Notwist, Prefuse 73 and Aphex Twin.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her uncanny, often eccentric lyrics have always been delivered with an inherent passion behind the impulse, but rarely have they approached the boldness of these dozen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes a few listens to sink in, but Everything is transcendent, shimmering, layered, and smartass emo-pop fully ready for stadium saturation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fabulous.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Coyne is a shrewd observer of human nature, and an even shrewder songwriter and this album stands as his greatest and most varied work yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Positively radiant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's what Sigur Ros might sound like if they came from Arizona, and it's truly excellent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost wholly brilliant.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His unsentimental, voluptuously masculine, spirit-guided magic is captured at its best, for all time, in this magnificent farewell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His talents and the heart he puts into his writing, singing, and picking remain at their peak. This stellar collection proves it--four times over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't expect a derivative mash of smudgy, nostalgia-filching sounds, though, because despite its retro leanings, what's in store somehow crackles with currency.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This set stands alongside Waits's finest work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    West may well be her best album. It is easily her most musically adventurous, and often her most lyrically inspired.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that is as fiercely imaginative as any the Sacramento-based group has released before.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shock Value is a far-reaching and ambitious disc; a masterpiece, even, in its own way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A knockout punch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You're presently reading about what may be the best album of 2007, hands down, by the most under-accorded American musical genius.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The singer's gentle vocals and Spanish-meets-classical guitar style make a quietly compelling match, especially so on his sophomore CD In Our Nature, easily the best work--either as a solo or contributing vocalist--that he has released to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Keyshia Cole proves for a second time--for sure and way beyond the shadow of a doubt--that she's headed for Mary J. Blige-style hugeness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Say what you will about influences on sleeves, this is pop music at its best: nostalgic and angst-ridden, but ultimately life-affirming. Shout Out Louds have found a winning formula.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we have here is easily Mr. Young's finest work in years, one that erases the memory of his well-intentioned but anemic 2006 protest album, "Living with War."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The singer's whiskey-stained voice infuses those words with a fierce mix of pride, hurt, resignation, sadness, strength, and humility--traits that make her one of the finest R&B singers of her generation. There are other riveting moments rivaling that from this deeply moving set.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sharpest, most assured, and best record of her solo career.