American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 724 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% 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 Rumours [35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Muppets: The Green Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 724
724 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    That sense of hostile irony may be one of the most underrated qualities on Nevermind, whose sly dismissals and cagey lyrics sound like an extension of Cobain's scabrous guitars and Dave Grohl's thundering drums.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their finest album, 1977’s Rumours, addresses with heart and sharp insight the romantic disengagements and re-entanglements of the members in the free-spirited, free-love 1970s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Part of what made Nirvana’s final studio album so monumental was everything that made Nevermind a classic--an abrasive retooling of the pop songwriting handbook.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A well-known perfectionist, it took her eight years to craft and release these tunes that fly by in just under 40 minutes. Every one is a gem.... This is the first title on Williams’ own label--a new album is due in mid-2014--and is essential listening for every Lucinda fan and anyone even tangentially touched by her timeless music.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little more needs to be emphasized about the lasting importance of these prototypes other than this third reissue tweaks the sound with Page’s new remastering revealing nuances in the playing and arrangements that further enhance their already substantial historical cachet.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little more needs to be emphasized about the lasting importance of these prototypes other than this third reissue tweaks the sound with Page’s new remastering revealing nuances in the playing and arrangements that further enhance their already substantial historical cachet.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little more needs to be emphasized about the lasting importance of these prototypes other than this third reissue tweaks the sound with Page’s new remastering revealing nuances in the playing and arrangements that further enhance their already substantial historical cachet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a beautifully understated album of personal confessions, wandering thoughts and worldly observations, all rendered with the assurance of a naturally gifted vocalist, one who clearly has no need for auto-tune or other irritating tonal tampering devices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fierce backing band, Okkervil River lends them drama, tension and a cinematic pomp that underscores the miraculous nature of Erickson's recovery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's about people, and Mellencamp continues to write and sing about them better and better with each passing year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Union brings up two very good points again and again: No amount of celebrity shenanigans or animated transgressions can eclipse the fact that Elton John is an absolutely amazing musician and there's a never-ending list of reasons why Leon Russell is your favorite musician's favorite musician.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's geek rock's holy grail courtesy of the sub-genre's flagship band, and an album that, though rife with sincerity, songwriter Rivers Cuomo has seemed to run farther and farther away from ever since.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After the celebri-beef and ALL CAPS blog posts fade away, Fantasy will stand as an album that dare to push the entire medium of recorded music forward, for better or worse.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since PJ Harvey is a veteran artist who, in her 20-year career, has yet to either make a bad record or repeat herself, to call her latest, Let England Shake, one of her strongest efforts to date is a bold statement, but it's true--this a brilliant record by an artist impervious to aging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For folks new to the Truckers, intrigued but a little overwhelmed by their rather expansive catalog, this is the album to start with.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For their part, the band is spotless. The majority of the record adheres to the lilting and forlorn brand of country that one might expect from an album called Invariable Heartache.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The words are as woodsy and quaint as ever. Pecknold seems to take his inspiration from classic British poetry, and rarely refers to objects, characters, or events that would place him in the 21st century, relying instead on imagery like old stone fountains, seeds, keys, sand, and the night sky.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strange Mercy is more mysterious than its predecessors, the references more obscure, but it also feels more personal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What truly makes the album memorable--and what makes it arguably Bondy's best--is the atmosphere that pervades every song.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Wilco (The Album) was the band tempering their experimental nature into something more accessible, The Whole Love refines that approach and showcases the full range of Wilco's considerable abilities.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even as he enters his 60s, Waits still sounds as lively and as cagey as ever, indulging both his most brazen and his most sentimental urges to upend all of our expectations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Four the Record retain all the pain and personality that drove those dark songs [of her first two albums] and redirects her energies toward some of her best and most eloquent singing and songwriting yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though this remastered 40th Anniversary Edition tightens and polishes every tone, L.A. Woman isn't exactly a studio marvel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball is that rare release that manages to fulfill, defy, and exceed expectations all at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing that the Immersion Edition is really missing is any extensive liner notes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is urgent, pissed, strident and macabre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'd be mistaken to pass up the greatest album of Loudon Wainwright III's four-decade career, and an easy frontrunner for this year's best album, period, as 2012 enters its second half.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mermaid Avenue project is essential for showing that Woody Guthrie could illuminate what was going on inside of him as well as he could detail the plight of his fellow man.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sun
    For a songwriter with nearly two decades of performing under her belt, Marshall has never sounded so youthful or commanding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tempest is fantastic, but being impressed by Dylan is old hat. That he still finds ways to surprise us is an achievement beyond all comprehension.