American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 778 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Lucinda Williams [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 20 The Midsummer Station
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 778
778 music reviews
    • 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).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a striking, exciting debut crafted with a confident, crackling urgency that makes this music leap out of the speakers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album in a nutshell: a broken heart carried with poise, good humor and endless charm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Odessa Tapes shows this was from the start a talented band, one with a clear vision of itself, that was going to Nashville with pride in its performing abilities and material.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    None of this is to say that the songs, themselves, aren't excellent in their own right, but with a voice as heavenly as Correa's, you can hardly go wrong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs evoke images and conjure emotions that are as descriptive and riveting as any printed word.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Murder By Death reach a new plateau in the development of their ongoing pursuit of rollicking gothic indie folk, simultaneously sounding born of an era long past yet grounded in a rock 'n' roll spirit that's nothing if not contemporary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is another compelling example of Lavette's finely tuned interpretative talents taking songs to places you might not have imagined.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a half decade of keeping relatively quiet, Orton has emerged with a fresh approach, and a batch of songs both intricately gorgeous and, more importantly, a hearty distance from familiar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs never sink to the downbeat morass of its socio-economic subject matter. On the contrary his voice, somewhat like John Lennon's, is boyishly refreshing even when the music is as stark.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Produced by Amos, this lushly orchestrated set is at times equally compelling and dynamic, plus effectively demonstrates Amos' acumen as a musician, vocalist, and tunesmith (a scarce commodity these days).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Krall never seems out of place even as she takes chances in a space that could have left her sounding overwhelmed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The brass-orchestral ups and downs make Transcendental Youth an easier trajectory of peaks and valleys than the flatter, subtler All Eternals Deck.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They register only a fleeting impact, but display cleverness and craftsmanship that far surpasses that of your run-of-the-mill tropical-themed country tune.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Red
    If you're at a different stage of life than she is, it can be exhausting trying to keep up with the succession of emotions to which she deftly gives voice, but also downright exhilarating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith's candor in this collection of hard-won songs is admirable.