American Songwriter's Scores

  • Music
For 1,115 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 Rumours [35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Dancing Backward in High Heels
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 1115
1115 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her eighth studio release flows with remarkable continuity. Notwithstanding the melancholy circumstances, Moorer is rocking out forcefully on chugging, swampy gems.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tape Deck Heart [is] the kind of album that doesn’t just tell us what it feels like to have your heart cut out, it practically puts us on the operating table during the surgery – which, of course, happens before the anesthesia kicks in. And he does it so well, we willingly bleed right along with him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as this album sounds like a final chapter, a loose-end knotting affair designed as a summary statement, there are no subplots left unresolved.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LaFarge’s slight country drawl and understated twang nails the ’20s period the music evokes, and the effort is even more rewarding than Diana Krall’s recent endeavor in the same genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This type of music has been done before in a different time, same place--the album was recorded in Nashville--but it hasn't been done this well in quite a while.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an excellent way for new fans to have a pure entryway to their music, and the only possible appetizer before diving into the extras that come next: some an acquired taste, some amazing snapshots in time and some quirky bits that will probably only get a nostalgic spin or two.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those new to, or unfamiliar with, Bowie’s expansive catalog would do well to start here and older followers who have lost the plot, especially over the past ten years, can catch up to one of the most consistently challenging artists of the past five decades.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While a number of other covers grace the set like Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues” and Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson,” the group also penned some fantastic originals.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Voyager, however, is Lewis’ most cohesive and powerful set of songs since her Rilo Kiley days.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering the hit or miss variables of other such tributes, Dead Man’s Town is remarkably focused and consistent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The disc, with its 20 page book of notes and details on Johnson’s short life (he was 45 when he passed in 1947), is beautifully packaged, making this a wonderful and longtime gestating homage to one of America’s most treasured, if often overlooked, blues and gospel singers. But, at under 45 minutes, you’re left wanting more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Circuital sounds like a reaction to the extravagances of its predecessor. My Morning Jacket tamper their more evil urges and settle back into being a solid rock band.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Based on recording location alone the varied musical approach to these 10 cuts veers from straight country, to rockabilly, R&B, rootsy rock and even some pop, all connected by Ortega’s trilling, bittersweet, instantly recognizable vocals.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tailgates & Tanlines is, for the most part, exactly what the title implies: a soundtrack for fun and sun, along with an instantaneous cure for the summertime blues.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to chew on, but Americana is an overstuffed, first class offering from one of the UK’s most feted songwriters and a worthy entry into Ray Davies’ rightfully esteemed catalog.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an album as consistently strong as The Stand-In at this early stage, she has an impressive career ahead.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The good news is, it all works.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A major leap forward for an artist whose previous work now seems like a warm-up for the dizzying heights The Navigator strives for, and often achieves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reportedly recorded in three days, and obviously without many overdubs in such a short span, What Makes Bob Holler is an excellent recording by three skilled musicians who can seemingly just tune up and play, something that's becoming increasingly rare these days
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Touches of Celtic, jazz, country and folk, but seldom rock, inform these lovely tunes that take their time as if on a leisurely stroll.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Contradictory emotions push against each other in each line and verse, pulling the listener between envy and pity for the characters that inhabit each song, and often with envy/pity switching sides on each additional listen.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is clearly a labor of love for Boyd and a wonderful introduction to a tragically flawed but exceptionally talented singer/songwriter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Griffin digs deep into introspective lyrics, some with historical references, to display her distinctive vocals and original songs with stripped down arrangements that use space and the silence between notes to create shimmering music you won’t soon forget.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though this is done and dusted in just over 30 minutes, the raw rocking and joyous attitude will stick with you long afterwards.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may have taken her over 20 years, but today Sheryl Crow is retrieving and expanding upon those parts of her artistic sensibility that had always been there.