Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,814 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Wilderness
Lowest review score: 20 Last 2 Walk
Score distribution:
1814 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    FSHG continues this wheelhouse effect, drifting from Smile session bounce on opener "Honey Bunny" into the heavy-psych wind tunnel of "Die" and sprawling anchor "Vomit."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    After almost eight years, APC couldn't jump back in too soon. Every aspect of this disc is delivered with blinding urgency, from the hook of "C Thru U" to the pseudo-prayer delivered toward the end of "Reflections."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Traveling Wilburys-vibe results in an impressive coherence, and though they inhabit one another's songs expertly, these Monsters' genre-expanding combinations prove equally inspired.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Any rock album that tackles such a wide spectrum without compromising the music deserves respect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Earl Sweatshirt finally reconciles those influences and the voices inside his own head on sophomore effort I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Badu's brave New Amerykah is a liberated land, a wild embrace of experimentation, and a gleeful if occasionally paranoid freak-fest.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The first disc of the 4-CD trove provides the best comparisons, showcasing the troubadour's most familiar tunes ("This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd") with vocals and picking that are rich and unblemished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An album that absolutely cannot be ignored.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's evident that the band's traditionally simple sound has been augmented with greater influences and a desire to overstuff, miraculously without overkill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you haven't heard the plaintive and curiously uplifting songs of longing and loss from this rising phenom, you're missing the emergence of one of the most affecting new talents of the past five years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it all plays out like a 60-minute calling card that illustrates hip-hop's most liberal producers aren't afraid to keep on keepin' on.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The 22-song epic marries Stevens' personal history to that of the state, as well as knitting spare emotional lyrics with lush orchestral and choral arrangements, upping the ante for singer-songwriters everywhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In the years to come, Low will trudge onward across the vast tundra of gross underappreciation, but in retrospect, their canon will likely be seen as one of the most important and influential of our time, so you might want to start paying attention.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rogue Wave has reinvented itself with soft-edged, yet masculine, music that's far from fluffy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Sophomore triumph Sound & Color aims higher.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Eschewing categories entirely, let's just call this trippy l'il slice of vinyl a masterwork, combining elements of salsa, house, reggae, hip-hop, and ska into one remarkably cohesive whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Let's just hope it doesn't take another near-death experience for their next album to be this good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The whole much greater than its parts, Dead Cities is creation imbued and then muted again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like composers Mike Post (Law & Order), Danny Elfman (The Simpsons), or Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks), Survive axis Dixon and Stein's heterodox hard-wiring ameliorates TV's ambient takeaway.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Toy
    Toy doesn't dog-Pile its predecessor, and in eschewing a straight-ahead continuation of the same-ol', A Giant Dog continues marking distinctly new territory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A stellar supporting cast matching his vision, Walker produces one of the year's most exciting releases.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Real Estate already evaded the sophomore slump on 2011's impressive Days, now Atlas furthers the catalog.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Her proper debut full-length follows suit, but honed with more power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In the Vines is a spare, unhurried blend of raw instrumentation and experimental electronic noisemaking serving as a chronicle of crippling depression and death's imminent domain.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Not only are these titles among David Bowie's best--dystopian "Rebel Rebel" rock, Soul Train albinism, and Berlin trilogy precursor, respectively--their refractions here bolster each case.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The MC locates and provides new polish on the lost sex-positivity found in yesteryear.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Grandaddy's third full-length is the band's Dark Side of the Moon, a musical snapshot of postmodern existence in which things are often not what they seem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Where previously Americana-tinged alt-rock teetered precariously on the bandleader's reedy whine, here that country DNA seals a seamless blend of Farm Aid authenticity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With the CD mix the same as the 1996 remaster, plus a poster, 7-inch single, replicas of Townshend's handwritten notes and drawings, a DVD of 5.1 mixes, and a hardback book packed with photos and creative musings, this Director's Cut earns its indulgence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An astonishing debut.