American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 1,113 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Led Zeppelin III [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 20 Muppets: The Green Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 1113
1113 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith's candor in this collection of hard-won songs is admirable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record's songs maintain Oldham's characteristic simplicity and sparseness that hearken back to the now ancient songs of American music's past. All the while, this familiarly fresh set of arrangements gives Oldham's restless phrasings the virgin textures upon which to project cryptic and fearless lyrics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’ve recorded another stunning album that’s going to be a bear to follow up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The now mature musical relationship pays dividends as the baritone crooning of Lanegan and Campbell's breathy, Nico-inflected singing continue to deliver an atmospheric payoff.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This set's downbeat musings about life's foibles is ominously compelling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There may not be many moments here that couldn’t have been included on his other two albums, but when an artist finds his pocket and groove as perfectly as Bradley has, that’s an insignificant detail.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He beefs things and takes a full-band approach on Big Bad Luv, which contains almost as many hooks as it does Moreland’s hard-earned kernels of truth.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Short but potent and powerful set.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure sounds a bit like a certain New Jersey rocker who was born to run and also tackled the topic of the workingman's plight, both before and after he made it big. Take that example to heart, Sam Roberts Band. Tycoon and rebel? If you do it right, you can be both.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who believe the singer’s best work is behind him will rethink that after one spin of the impressive Apache, an album--significantly the first on his own label--that ranks with the finest in Neville’s storied career.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A handful of high profile ringers (Beck, Beth Orton, the Cure's Robert Smith, Phil Collins, Snow Patrol) join less recognizable names interpreting Martyn songs in versions that will hopefully encourage listeners unfamiliar with his work to seek out his bulging catalog of inspired originals.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs to Play may not be as incandescent and life affirming as the best of the wonderful Go-Betweens but at times it gets close, which is high praise indeed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clapton never sounds clichéd, artificial or forced as he delivers this material with low key charisma and a laid back exuberance that’s charming and inspired.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stories Don’t End is still a step forward, if only for the moments of off-the-cuff brilliance that result from all the ambitious effort.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The entire set is as classy, often self-indulgent and challenging as the man himself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps a better balance of rockers and reflective selections might have made this stronger and more diverse. But those who shied away from Wynonna’s slicker commercial heyday will find this direct, collective style a refreshing transformation for the better. For the rest of us, it’s yet additional proof of her tough/tender, sassy/sensitive vocal prowess and arguably the finest release of her extensive career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Existing fans will rightfully be thrilled that Hitchcock not only hasn’t lost his edge, but has sharpened his knives on this superb set.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the quality of the songs (five written or co-penned by Raitt, an unusually high number), the relaxed yet taut performances and Bonnie’s characteristic smooth whisky drawl, the appropriately titled Dig In Deep is another distinguished and near perfect entry into a classy, bulging catalog that has seen few missteps.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While this may appear preachy, Mule’s tough, riff-driven attack along with Haynes’ raw, flinty vocals and the synergistic nature of the quartet, which functions as a well-lubed outfit honed through years of live work, keep you focused on the music.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He hasn’t run from success as much as escaped its grip to release music that’s honest, raw and comes straight from the heart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, American Band is the group’s most thematically coherent work since their pinnacle of Jason Isbell-assisted records in the early 2000s.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 11 songs on Rockpango show the brothers are not only masters of their art but have a comfort level in their maturing sound that allows them to expand it without losing its essence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marriage, fatherhood, L.A., and devotion to Sri Sakthi Narayani Amma may have mellowed the former Noise Addict leader, but Lee continues to release engaging, if slightly more introspective, work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Put aside the historical perspective and just listen to Love From London. From the opening, minor-key piano strikes and repetitive swirls of opening track “Harry’s Song,” Hitchcock catches you--leaves you breathless--with his ability to compel.