American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 966 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Led Zeppelin II [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 20 Muppets: The Green Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 966
966 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This tribute may do a better job of conveying Clark's power than his own recordings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cut half the roster on Chimes and you've got an amazing lineup of Dylan's peers and admirers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sparse production rightly focuses on the vocals with a backing band that's in the pocket yet appropriately reserved.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Happened To The LA LAs is a bit different, though hardly so different as to alienate its core fan base.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mitchell put a permanent stamp of approval on her already sparkling reputation with the gorgeous and striving Young Man In America.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The musical leaps Punch Brothers takes are invigorating, sometimes breathtaking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While continuing to deliver the intimate songs of hopeless love and regret for his longtime fans, he stills finds ways to surprise as he works with his magician-like collaborator.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's created an album that plumbs the kind of emotional depths that used to be expected from major rock artists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs are refreshing, loud, fun and thoughtful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's mood music with a melody, orchestral pop without the pomp, midwest Americana with Euro-classical training. And despite the title, it's far from broken.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By adding little touches like a gospel call and response ("Bones") and a haunting, echoing choir ("Always Waiting"), the listening becomes a more rewarding experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gloryland certainly stands as a glorious example of Americana songwriting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    John has always had that deep gruff rasp, but backed by raw swamp boogie with lots of baritone sax, creepy female backing vocals and treated keyboards, he's sounding as dangerous and spooky as when laying down the gris-gris on "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" back in 1968.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slipstream is Bonnie Raitt's best album in years and one of the best of her 40-year career.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She hasn't sounded quite so free and engaged as she does on these songs, where her vocal and lyrical mannerisms come through more forcefully and confidently.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While previous efforts seemed a bit unfocused and disseminated, Blown Away is more thematic and unified, resulting in Underwood's strongest effort to date, which easily leaves her previous releases twisting in the wind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The impact of Bloom lingers long after Scally's last guitar moan and Legrand's last breathy sigh, making you want to cue it up all over again and wallow anew in Beach House's existential abyss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This set's downbeat musings about life's foibles is ominously compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an album, Valtari might not be the band's masterwork, but it very well could be their re-birth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Early Takes Volume 1 might just be the ultimate George Harrison compilation because it pays such respect to that voice in terms of how it sounded and what it had to say, reminding us just how much we miss hearing it today.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patti Smith builds upon her already impressive career for one of her finest, least commercial but most enticing and entrancing albums.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse, when they're at the top of their game like they are here, can make music of any origin rock.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite her solo catalog, Hogan has hidden in the shadows too long; this stunning set shows she's ready for the spotlight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's his easiest, least labored sounding record in years, still lushly produced yet not overly fussy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like an open wound, The Idler Wheel isn't always pretty, but it pulses with life, brutal and true.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 2-hour double disc captures all the excitement and improvisational interplay of the gigs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chesney has an uncanny knack for finding top-shelf material which sounds autobiographical and mixing it with his own to craft a uniquely distinguishable musical statement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is Handwritten The Gaslight Anthem's best album, but it's also one of the best albums of 2012.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's beautifully conceived, timeless music perfect for pity parties, languid Sunday mornings or times when introspection doesn't need to mean wallowing in sorrow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yeah, it's the new OCMS album and, not surprisingly, it's simple and great (and simply great).