American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 801 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Kiko Live
Lowest review score: 20 The Midsummer Station
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 801
801 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As its' title suggests, this record is not what it seems at first listen, but one that's worth the extra effort to decipher all of its introverted intricacies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As with most feature-heavy albums, some of the duets fall flat....Still, there is some real magic to be had on Mean Old Man.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On their 5th studio album, North Carolina string band Chatham County Line show no signs of ruining the good thing they've got going. Each album they've cranked out has been a keeper, and Wildwood is a grower, to say the least.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The five-piece band's new album, Easy Wonderful, is full of those same universal ponderings and investigations of love.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their eighth studio album is somewhere between an extension of their previous indie gems and another baby step towards radio-friendliness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Age of Adz builds on his previous dabblings in electronica by integrating the ideas he has clearly been stewing with the aspects of his work so dear to fans.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Charleston, SC 1966 doesn't break any rules or new ground, and probably wasn't meant to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Monogamy is a bit underwhelming, but there is understated humor in Kasher's musings, and he has a flair for infectious melodies without hooks. He snaps the puzzle pieces together, whether it's a fit or not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Old 97's latest effort mimics the end of the workweek. At first, the possibilities seem endless. Every moment, just like every possible meaning, could be the one you've been looking for.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While able to raise the hair on the back of your neck, The Fool, like many monstrous creations, sometimes lacks the necessary intelligence to be fully alive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Because of the buzz behind it, Speak Now was destined to be a commercial success no matter what. Thankfully, the album succeeds on an artistic level as well.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the Memphis music of the '60s, and/or Huey Lewis, this album is a good bet. Soulsville won't be on the charts long in this day and age, but its songs are timeless, and Lewis and his band do a nice job of paying homage to the music of this bygone era and its creators.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On their self-titled debut album, country duo Meghan Linsey and Joshua Jones Scott deliver a sound that is familiar and cozy, as if the songs have always been there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, though, the spirit is most definitely still there, and any Allman Brothers fan or blues fan needs this album. It's an event as much as a recording and a good representation of the artists that made Allman want to be a musician in the first place.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, however, once you've gotten past the nagging feeling that you're not really listening to the Iron And Wine you thought you knew, you realize that you are, and that many of the songs are wonderful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's plenty more on Tao of the Dead that works. After years out in the cold as music critic whipping posts, this should go a long way toward reclaiming some lost luster for Trail of Dead.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With the orchestra, Vanderslice is able to maintain the best-friend-telling-secrets feel of his previous work, while expanding the sound to make it feel more like an orchestral soundscape of all your best friends telling you the same secret. Or maybe the secret is just much, much grander.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though nothing here (not even the one cover, Dutch band Mint's "Ah, You Left Me") wanders far from the work he has done with Cracker or Camper, this intimate album is a welcome addition to the Lowery catalog.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While perhaps not the most ambitious of albums, Ben + Vesper's Honors is the kind of record that shows that the artists behind it know where their strengths lie. The duo works fast and works well together, with lush, transportative harmonies that cannot be denied.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album, produced by Steve Lillywhite whose credits include U2, Dave Matthews Band and The Smiths, shows this band is ready to ready to compete for world-class status. Rock on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Give Collapse a few listens. The potential is there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Alexander, Ebert proves he's just as capable on his own as he is sharing a stage with nine other musicians.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The thoroughly engaging Scandalous certainly satisfying one's hunger for some stick-to-your-ribs rock 'n' soul music. The band, however, seems approaching a crossroads. They definitely demonstrate their skills at successfully reviving these retro sounds but they are still striving to find their own special voice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On his latest group of twisted tales, All Eternals Deck, Darnielle rocks between dainty ballads, expertly buttered up with lush string arrangements ("Age of Kings" and "Outer Scorpion Squadron") and hardcore lite/acoust-o-punk ("Estate Sale Sign" and "Prowl Great Cain").
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On fifth LP Gimme Some, the Swedish trio has stripped down their sound, and their brand of indie rock has never sounded fresher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's been a cold three years since 2008's garage-synthy third album Midnight Bloom, but their new effort Blood Pressures is more than worth the wait.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Keys to the Kingdom is both a tribute to and a continuation of the Dickinson musical tradition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end there are no real surprises here; this is just another solid recording from AKUS which the band's fans will no doubt enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While most of the songs fall into the folk-rock category, the album still displays an impressive range.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this record shows what can go really right when artists push the boundaries. Times New Viking purists fear not, though, the grit's still there and the edges are still rough; they've just dusted off the surface so you can see a bit more of the shine that's been there all along.