American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 821 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Live in Dublin
Lowest review score: 20 Dancing Backward in High Heels
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 821
821 music reviews
    • 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]
    • American Songwriter
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simpson lets his band, and his songs, do the talking on Metamodern Sounds, which is surely one of the very best straight up country records of 2014.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lambert’s new record is a challenging statement from one of the very few female singers that has a stage to be widely heard. That her statement manages to weave together nuanced humor and sarcastic wit with huge pop hooks only makes it that much more impressive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is more than just a stroll down memory lane since the emotions and lost love laments remain timeless, as does the sound of a man who understands his musical strengths and plays to them with class, authority and soul searching intensity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its timid trepidation, Stay Gold is an ambitious sounding record, full of massive hooks, and expansive arrangements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The eight songs, culled from a crop of 30 that came in the wake of a difficult breakup, become dirge-like if you put them on in the background. Shut out the distractions and bring them in close, and they become razor-sharp reflections of the long road out of purgatory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This may be a side project or a one-off, except in many ways the sum exceeds the (very distinguished) parts in terms of emotional effect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is challenging Americana that never takes its audience, or its influences, for granted.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Based on its variety and power, Strand Of Oaks’ Heal seems like that special kind of album that can serve as a temporary buffer for others just as the aforementioned artists did for Showalter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a warm, generally introspective but far from musty set that revels in predominantly acoustic material sung with Hiatt’s increasingly gruff, whiskeyed voice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Voyager, however, is Lewis’ most cohesive and powerful set of songs since her Rilo Kiley days.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stripped of the beefy, full-band arrangements of The Constantines, Webb loses none of his potency. He’s just found a way to channel it without cranking up the volume.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This a powerful, uncompromising release and one that doubles down on her established style while pulling no punches.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hypnotic Eye is a bastion of consistent excellence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By any standards, this is an expansive, terrific and lovingly curated set that displays the impressive life’s work of a classy, talented, journeyman rocker yet to find the commercial or critical acclaim he deserves.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While O’Connor never really went anywhere, this self-assured and confident release feels like a comeback. It has elements of what made her so strong and startling back on her still dynamic 1987 debut but tempered and matured with the wisdom of a quarter century of experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bahamas Is Afie is a triumph in soulful, roots music, and instead of just trying to sound old-timey, the record is full of personality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Brill Bruisers providing another example of their amazing chemistry, it seems more and more likely history will show that this group was meant to be their day job all along.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a feisty, dynamic hour long set that does what it sets out to: captures Armstrong’s indefatigable spirit and keeps his music alive for a new generation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s another remarkably strong and mature entry in a sturdy body of work that hasn’t shown any missteps yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of warm colors and earthy textures, Lateness is an album for warm sweaters and hard ciders, backyard firepits and late-autumn barbecues.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever category you might inhabit, Justin Townes Earle has something here you need to hear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering the hit or miss variables of other such tributes, Dead Man’s Town is remarkably focused and consistent.