Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,523 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Lucinda Williams [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 20 Tical 0: The Prequel
Score distribution:
1,523 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Black humor, demons, g-o-d, easy women: Welcome to the cult of Father John Misty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's a heroic effort all around.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Through producer John Congleton's flourishes you can still imagine Jaffe strumming the songs on an acoustic guitar, each heartbreaking love song written for the same audience who embraced the subtle desperation of Suburban Nature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The general expansiveness of sound on songs like "Ho Hey" make this young group's eponymous debut uniquely American in all the best ways: gritty, determined, soaked in sweat and love and drive. There's nothing precious or affected here, just three dedicated artists opening their hearts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The refrain in "Fineshrine" ("Get a little closer, let it fold/Cut open my sternum and pull/My little ribs around you") sums up Purity Ring with creepy efficacy, consuming and surrounding the listener. And as sweetly chirped by Megan James, it never seems like a bad thing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's a headphone masterpiece that bangs on shelf speakers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Twenty-one discs address it in explosively comprehensive detail for The Box, all seven of Blur's full-lengths now doubled by a brimming parallel disc of era singles, B-sides, demos, and live swaths.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Taut, toned guitars meet tendon-snapping rhythms and acrobatic frontman Mike Wiebe's almost talking punk blues--mocking, self-deprecating, unyielding in their needling efficacy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There are cleaner, prettier albums, with more candor and a greater point of view, but White Lung makes few apologies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Picking up where 2001's two-disc BBC Sessions: 1964-1977 left off, this 5-CD/1-DVD UK import meticulously traces the band's enthralling path.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Anchored by three tracks stretching past 19 minutes with only momentary lapses of Western conventionality, The Seer stands as an immense and jarring homage to unpredictability.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Now in his 50s, Bob Mould returns not as the forefather of modern indie rock, but as a vital contemporary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The Odessa Tapes has it all, most tellingly a warmth and intimacy foreign to More a Legend's typically starched Nashville conformity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Above all, this is an album of intensely dramatic arrangements, never allowing the listener to settle and continually rewarding anew.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Although the Avett Brothers can't seem to decide whether they're introspective folkies or a big rock act, The Carpenter hits the right chords in such a manner that no one will likely care.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    World Music sounds like a truly panglobal operation, a remarkably organic siphon of dozens of musical traditions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
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    2 is nothing if not authentic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Impressive company, and Johnson earns his spot among them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The quotidian problems and longings of the title track making up the real heart of the album, a rough and tumble struggle to the top.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What a sublime hush of an album. Your iPhone dreams about this music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Companion piece Hands of Glory restructures the old and new alike in dusty-trail cowboy swag.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With more than two-and-a-half hours of music and enough extras to keep children of all ages occupied deep into the long winter's night, Stevens once again pulls off a wondrously wide-eyed antidote to the boring Christmas album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Zack de la Rocha's fevered shout doesn't sound any more graceful now than it did then, but Tom Morello's riffs still cook, the grooves still burn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's an album of brainy rock songs that state their claims then defiantly step out from beneath the ethereal haze.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Closing with the SST stomp of "Lips," summery strumming "Frank O'Hara Hit," and the smudged punk of "Communist Eyes," CLM never amounts to a full state of the union. Settle instead for a New York state of mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It'll evoke memories of Wilco's Being There ("Open the Door"), GNR around Lies ("The Seeds"), and Neil Young doing "Big Time" ("Freaky").
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    ["Song for Zula" is] brutal, beautiful, and like the rest of Muchacho, masterfully executed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The combination of Roth's deft touch, Hunter's gritty vocals, and the band's skilled musicianship makes Minute by Minute one of the best of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    He's the finest true soul voice of his generation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Aural adventurers, the mothership has landed.