Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,579 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Yellow & Green
Lowest review score: 20 Achtung Baby [Super Deluxe]
Score distribution:
1,579 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With every track, Beck makes a statement, one that's overwhelming but oddly comforting. It's the need to be a part of something larger, a fear of being alone. And with Morning Phase, it feels like we're his lifeline.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Clark's exacting sensibility makes every song a new experience, finally birthing an album where every shot hits its mark.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    At times on Small Town Heroes, Segarra echoes them [Karen Dalton, Lucinda Williams, or Gillian Welch] precisely, taking what they do best and making it her own. That's a rung many have reached for but most have never grasped.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Real Estate already evaded the sophomore slump on 2011's impressive Days, now Atlas furthers the catalog.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Backed by Budos Band and Dap Kings' Tom Brenneck, and produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the band somehow remains degenerately disheveled and brilliantly bombastic in a way that belies their tightness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Not only does the noirish blond front duo now boom, the group's theatrical flourishes wail like the harmonies howls punctuating the title track.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Here Be Monsters, the Brit expat's latest under the recurring Skull Orchard banner, embodies all of the qualities of Langford's best work, emphasizing the bittersweet, introspective edge that's become increasingly prominent in his work in recent years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Tremors ultimately flourishes as a dazzling set of pop tracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The surgical staple of a riff on the ensuing "Everything About You" then reiterates that Big Head Todd's 10th studio disc of originals pivots on sonic stings embedded in superior songwriting.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's as if this box set wants to prove Slint was human, not just a faceless menace that cut a record lost to time and circumstance, worthy of celebration and also fitting neatly in a box.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What makes the seventh Wovenhand LP such a refreshing departure [is] Refractory Obdurate is the unabashed electric rock LP the Colorado fourpiece has hinted at in its last two releases.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Boasting enough insidious imagination to evolve beyond easy metallic labels, Agalloch transports The Serpent and the Sphere into its own phantasmagoric astral plane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    From skittish garage-blues ("Duckin and Dodgin") to pale blue-eyed elongations ("Instant Disassembly"), it all hits like a blast of warm subway air on a cold day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Expansive cross-pollination at its finest, Lazaretto's dizzying Pandora's box of funk, blues, and hillbilly soul shakes and bakes enough to require a shrink-wrapped bottle of Dramamine.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The fearsome foursome's eponymous, 1969 debut pairs its volcanic blues and folk with a raw performance from that same year in Paris.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Their Laurel Canyon harmonies still beguile, and Stay Gold strikes a wide, thick vein of polish and confidence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like 2010's The Foundling, this seventh studio LP draws marrow from Gauthier's bones, cauterizing the wounds of a relationship into one of the most devastating breakup albums of all time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The pounding "Portraits," gloomy "Severed Lives," and wonderfully odd "Deathtripper" betoken a metal band reaching new peaks in agile brutality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Band of Brothers belongs solely to Willie Nelson. This is the sound of rust being ground out, cylinders squeaking back to life, engines and carburetors opening wide on the road again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Metal purists who still long for Leviathan Part 4 will find new reasons to excoriate their former saviors, but the rest will be too busy marveling at Mastodon's near-perfect fusion of might and melody.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The craggy acoustic set sandwiched between electric workouts (metallic "Black Queen") counts off the hits ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Guinevere," "Teach Your Children"), never better than Nash's breathtaking piano rendition of "Our House" at Wembley. Glimpse it on the rather short-shift, bootleg quality 40-minute DVD, where the foursome's harmonies cut through the cynicism of the times like a dove finally vanquishing the hawk.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    "Worries" finishes the album out in familiar power-punk mode, on a riff with drive to spare. Impressive as hell, and this band's only just begun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With its durable theme and shambling demeanor, United States makes a different kind of sense with each successive spin. It's adult rock music in the best sense of the oxymoron.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    [A] meticulously compiling fan favorites, deep cuts, rarities, and alternate versions from that 40 years' worth of work. There's hardly a bad track in the bunch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Billy Joe Shaver, 74, came into this world rough around the edges, so his songwriting resonates with unmatched autobiographical intensity and Long in the Tooth follows suit. Contrary to the album title, he ain't headed for pasture anytime soon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Benjamin Booker might not know where he's going, but he's well on his way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The dolorous gloom of Foundations of Burden should be oppressive, but Pallbearer turns pain into beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Neko Case-sung standout "Champions Of Red Wine" levels the otherwise upbeat 13-track disc, before Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar's "War on the East Coast" returns momentum upward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Freed from slick production, Clark plays to his many strengths.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The lucid dreamlike hold of Koch carries unparalleled allure, elevating Lee Gamble's already adept soundscapes to quicksand plateaus.