Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,500 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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Keep It Like A Secret
Lowest review score: 20 Luminous
Score distribution:
1,500 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rook is an epic undertaking that plumbs the depths of the seas ("Leviathan, Bound") to the heavens themselves ("I Was a Cloud," "The Hunter's Star") for the sounds that make the stories sing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    For Escovedo fans that have followed the local star through the Nuns, Rank and File, the True Believers, and Buick MacKane, Real Animal bares teeth and soul in rock & roll payback.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The characters are memorable, the satire sharp, the music luxurious, and the arrangements maybe the most gorgeous in all pop music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The Walkmen have solidified their place among our memories.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With Little Honey, she pays back fans whose faith had waned as her songwriting grew pedantic on recent albums such as "West."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is third wave hardcore, and it's a return to form, where commentary rules and violence and ignorance won't be tolerated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What's most surprising is the strength of the original B-sides, such as the shoegazed summer dream "Happy Place," girl group siphon "Suck," and bassist Ben Lurie's "Rocket," which could easily reside on any of JAMC's studio LPs and absolutely trump anything by the band's innumerable acolytes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The accompanying DVD offers only a higher fidelity version of the audio performance, but Sugar Mountain remains a magical and rare portrait of a budding genius.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The Mountain represents not only a point of no return and a cornerstone for the Heartless Bastards; the album's a personal triumph of desolate determination.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Years of Refusal, his most consistently meaty solo work since 1994's "Vauxhall and I," amps up guitarist Boz Boorer's crunch and crackle to near-felonius degrees.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Meloy's touchstones form one of the Decemberists' best, precise diction; moody, compelling melodies in glorious arrangements; and elegant phrasing dripping like honey off the tongue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Crack the Skye is a prog-metal classic, void of pretension or hesitation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The rest of UGK 4 Life rolls celebration, not just for one of Houston's greatest personalities and foremost musical pioneers but also for the Bayou City's finest hip-hop unit. Long live the Pimp, hell yes, but this is one fantastic curtain call.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Confident and composed, the Boys have grown into and perfected these 16 songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The contrast of Moog buzz and the wordsmith's featherlight touch reaches full tilt with 'Hallelujah, Goodnight!' but takes a sharp left with the equally charismatic 'Bat Coma Motown,' where banjo and trumpet hug it out while dancing the Temptation Walk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Hills and Valleys rides a line the Southern Pacific Railroad would envy. Writing together where previously each songsmith mostly submitted his own material, Gilmore/Ely/Hancock's first six salvos here are their best run yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Townes is unparalleled in its versions of Van Zandt's songs, Earle bringing all the emotional complexity of their association to bear in tones of both joy and regret.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Consider the Meat Puppets' Sewn Together its "Young Frankenstein."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Yorn's signature cigarette-stained drawl plays over some of his most personal lyrics yet, indicating he's ready to reclaim his role as talented brooder after treading water in relative obscurity the past few years. [Jul 2009, p.131]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Even with producers Billy Harvey, Charles Arthur, and Gurf Morlix lending their talents, Everything You Love plays seamlessly, like one of Lucinda Williams' classic early albums, pristine, honest, and lingering.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This year's 40th anniversary of Woodstock brought many tributes and recollections, but none as satisfying as this 6-CD collection of music and more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like Austinite Ariel Abshire's "Exclamation Love" last year, much of Jarosz's appeal is youth, but that's grounded so deeply in talent that listening to her is a sweet promise for the future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
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    Spare, swirling keyboards and gently urgent guitar pluckings anchor this minimalist masterpiece, allowing Romy Madley Croft's plaintive, laudanumlike vocals to tentatively soar above the albumwide ache that is her and Oliver Sim's (e)vocation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Authoritatively illustrating why, the 4-CD Keep an Eye on the Sky might be considered compilation overload on this admittedly obscure Memphis quartet for the newcomer, but cultists and anyone interested in some of the purest guitar pop ever made will find lots and lots to love.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The ultimate effect is engaging and generally impressive, although you wonder if the Postmarks are targeting the wrong audience. [Oct 2009, p.114]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Embryonic gestates the Lips to a new phase, turning eerily inward to finally face the flipside of their frantic catharsis.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rather than adapting Kerouac's writing into the usual frantic jazz inflections, Farrar lifts lines into rootsy blues and Americana shades, surfacing the author's uniquely skewed and stunning phrases.