American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 663 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Kiko Live
Lowest review score: 20 The Midsummer Station
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 663
663 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As bright and warm a guitar-based indie pop album as that [debut album, Gorilla Manor] was, it left a fair amount of room for expansion and maturity. On second album Hummingbird, that growth is readily apparent from the first track.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As diverse as ever, this is the kind of comeback every once-defunct act strives for but few deliver with the consistency and sheer enthusiasm exhibited here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The absurdity and terror that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have so often courted aren’t absent on Push The Sky Away. They’re just muted, and rendered all the more seductive via lush arrangements and Cave’s crooning baritone.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her major label debut, which moves from country waltz to roadhouse blues, from rootsy singer-songwriter narratives to irresistible country pop, follows its own relentless arrow throughout, and the result is one of the most fully-formed, arresting debuts Nashville’s seen in years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both as a songwriter and as a performer, Laura Marling has never soared so majestically.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are standouts everywhere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is harrowing and not for the timid, but those who stick with it will be treated to a truthful, moving journey and a master class in songwriting to boot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His keen insights into human nature and today’s America are revealed in melodic, deeply-felt tunes on Still Fighting The War, which ranks as one of the year’s best singer-songwriter albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This terrific batch of songs needs no such handicap to be recommended as a perfect way for newcomers to start a musical relationship with Clark’s burnished Americana or for existing fans to continue theirs.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t include some of his best post-jail efforts, the set documents the beginning of one of the greatest second acts in rock history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wise Up Ghost is a fearless, invigorating gut-punch of a record, one that never settles and surprises from start to finish.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surveys of his life and work still manage to produce fresh revelations, and American Radical Patriot, Rounder Records’ just-released collection of government-related Guthrie recordings, provides extraordinary new insight into the complex mind of this simple-sounding folk icon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The accompanying live DVD, recorded at Shoreline Amphitheatre in 1992, is a good-enough bonus, rather than a must-have live document. These are minor quibbles of course; a whole stack of tacky badges couldn’t stand in the way of Your Arsenal being absolutely essential.