American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 764 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 Led Zeppelin III [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 20 Dancing Backward in High Heels
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 764
764 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sound on these remasters crackles, revealing musical and lyrical nuances along with spotlighting how critical Mark Ortmann’s in-the-pocket drumming is to the vibe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The production (also by Linden), audio mix, playing, and songwriting capture the shared spirit of the trio who have seldom sounded better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With After The Disco--Broken Bells’ second full-length album--Mercer and Burton up the ante with a set that builds on the promise of their debut and fleshes out that aesthetic into an even stronger set of songs with loftier ambitions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s something rich and nourishing about it. And that’s true of all of Doug Paisley’s music, which is strong on melody and comes from a place of genuine emotion. Whatever you choose to call it, music like this is universal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While almost all of the music is five-star material, it’s hard to recommend this collection wholeheartedly when anyone paying attention long enough could have easily picked up every item in the set individually.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s as strong an album as Cantrell has ever released--even if it took nine years to get here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goodnight Tender may not be a radical sonic departure but by recording an entire country album, Amy Ray can check another box on her career genre list, and do it with pride in a job beautifully done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who need a soundtrack for a rainy night alone can take comfort in the pure reflective intimacy of this alluring and frequently enchanting album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It shows that a talented, visionary singer-songwriter can comfortably do what she does so well, yet not be trapped by conventionality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an immaculately produced gem and there’s nothing currently out there like it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From His Head to His Heart to His Hands shows that what Bloomfield did accomplish in his short life was not just sizeable but downright seismic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Layers of distortion and droning feedback pour from the speakers, almost fighting the melodies for dominance (and losing), with everything coming together in an organic, unforced manner. [Mar 2014, p.90]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the personal narratives that are the most poignant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given that Morning Phase reveals similarly raw honesty and engrossing emotion [as Sea Change]--plus bears the mark of superior penmanship gained by a decade’s more patience and wisdom, the album is poised to be revered as one of Beck’s most potent collections.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    St. Vincent is an overwhelming listen the first, second, maybe even third time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This set confirms she’s a rugged, uncompromising young talent with a distinctive voice and take-no-crap attitude primed and ready to take Americana into the next few decades.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With newly remastered sound and a second disc of worthwhile rarities including live tracks, remixes, B-sides and the like, even fans would do well to take the plunge on this refurbished, expanded reissue of an album that Frame, despite multiple later attempts both under the Aztec Camera moniker and later his own name, never could build a career on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant record that serves as a perfect blueprint on how to make something new out of something old.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hag’s lyrics always feel natural and lived in and Bogguss succeeds with his material because she doesn’t try to oversell it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Millsap’s subtle style allows the listener to discover the emotional vortex of his often confused characters, helping us identify with their motives without casting judgment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Hold Steady need not ever deviate from such a potent product.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those previously not exposed to Browne’s music, or fans of these performers he influenced, can start here for a terrific taste of one of America’s most stunning and keen lyricists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Do To The Beast is nowhere near as tortured as the band’s masterpiece, 1993’s Gentlemen. But it’s still comfortable in the shadows, and for that matter, kicking up a good bit of noise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rollicking set that nearly two decades in, stands as some of the Old 97’s finest and most exhilarating music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Somewhere between the clear narrative of Boy's Night Out's Trainwreck and the Dear Hunter's ongoing musical saga, it's one of the most compelling realized moments Trophy Scars' madness has produced. [May 2014, p.94]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, The Nihilist allows Finn to stretch out and explore his ambitions on a scale that dwarfs anything he has released to this point.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blue Smoke easily hits its mark of making us look within ourselves while laughing through our tears.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Dark Arc, the craftsmanship and lyricism reveal a uniquely singular band informed by Appalachian mountain music and the explosive recklessness of punk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is also one of his most consistently rewarding efforts since the heady early records.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Syd Arthur give themselves room to stretch out on Sound Mirror, with sonic textures thick and varied enough to enjoy getting lost in on repeat listens.