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 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 30 Siberia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 468
468 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not likely this music will age spectacularly well, but so what?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wincing is neither the clever genre recombinant exercise of their second album nor is it the perfect little self-contained universe of their debut. This is not the Shins' best album; it's their growing pains third record.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If her album is musically uneven at times, her artistry and strength continue to shine as undimmed beacons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The less successful interpretations simply fail to differentiate themselves from the spirit of the originals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Some of this music is oddly affecting; much of it is merely odd.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s just a shame that the lack of soul in his rotating rap deliveries tends to undermine his masterful storytelling capabilities.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even with its share of jangle-pop gems, the disc also offers a few bland strummers that never quite take off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Little here finds McGraw in a feel-good mode.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More D12 than 50 Cent in terms of quality, Cheers should have been way more than simply the sum of its notable parts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Over the course of the album, too much of the midtempo material sounds too much the same, more inspired lyrically than musically, failing to sustain the momentum of the opening tracks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's this lumpy consistency that ultimately lets them down, but this is a laudable effort from a band on a decade-long roll. [Amazon UK]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most of Light at the End of the World works within the familiar confines of the vintage Erasure formula, drunk on everyman synthesizers, listing through painfully vague and obvious rhymes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their irritating habits remain as intractable as ever: must every romantic spat be framed against saving the whales (okay, the shrinking water supply) and the fight for clean air?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may still sound beautiful, but too often Amazing Grace comes off as mere formula.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When Tool sounds as good as it does on ["Jambi" and "The Pot"] it's hard to get enough. Which makes it all the more baffling that a surprisingly large chunk of the disc is given over to mood-enhancing soundscapes like "Lost Keys" and "Vigniti Tres."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    These bawdy Peter Pans of rock are more appealing when they summon their innate raunchy power, instead of coming off like a 2003 version of the Beach Boys with the sand washed off.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Noise Floor presents a mixed bag that will enthrall hardcore Conorites but leave others frequently reaching for the skip button.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For every catchy electro-dance, there's a tune that leaves you scratching your head.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Keith occasionally appears to be stretching himself... but often seems to be coasting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It has been said that Nelson can sing just about anything--which doesn't necessarily mean that he should.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While such willingness to experiment is admirable, in this case the attempt comes off as slightly desperate and too diffuse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans and casual enthusiasts will no doubt be bewildered by the extra experimental outings of an already daunting band--but for completists, this is the last word.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A severe line-up change has left the Stills devoid of much of its original edge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    9
    Not quite as endearing as his raw and seductive 2002 debut.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The production seems a bit slick, as if the group was going for some Interpol-type success, while the songs would perhaps be better served at a studio like Easley in Memphis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its center becomes weighed down with bland mid-tempo numbers and the final song detracts from the powerhouse close the record might have had.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Busta has never sounded so mature.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Trouble is, Chesney, who wrote or cowrote all 13 tracks, ended up with enough material for only half a record, and then repeated many of his ideas.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pocket Symphony won't yield any pop hits, but it could be the soundtrack to endless rainy afternoons.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All the Roadrunning--while beautiful--seems somehow underwhelming, and without a true centerpiece.