Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,803 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% 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 Ramones [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Tical 0: The Prequel
Score distribution:
1803 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The eponymous debut is pure punk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The live mix is less than stellar, especially when compared to posthumous 1999 live compilation "From Here to Eternity," but the band sounds tight and lively at many turns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The acoustic "Hold No Guns" and yawning dirge "You've Haunted Me All My Life" spin austere--dramatic--but ring flat. Even so, Death Cab for Cutie's breakup ballads remain anthemic and radio-ready.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For all its dissent, Let England Shake is a fairly muted album, yet it demonstrates where PJ Harvey is now: more chronicler than provocateur.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The smartest thing about Open Season, ultimately, is that these gents tweak their sound with more than a little subtlety and still retain the spirit of the project.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Not every song hits its mark, and Hinson's monotone often grates, but as dark as his recovery might have been, Opera Circuit doesn't mope or whine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Such moments of unnerving beauty make The King of Limbs, despite its complete lack of guitar-rock grandeur, worth revisiting time and again.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Von
    The beauteous wash of sound, an otherworldly choir; a dystopian aural experience, both blissfully narcotic and nightmarishly grounding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    González gently expands his borders without abandoning the center.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The Killers overextend themselves grabbing for the heartland's heartstrings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    "Si No Te Vas" sounds exactly as if Rodriguez was in a callejón serenading her lover even with the hint of gringo in her Rs. Picking up Spanish as an adult can cause that, yet it lends the music an authentic border feel, the bridge between worlds. Therein lies the cohesiveness between old and new that makes Lola a love affair worth taking home and introducing to la familia.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Axes feels of a loose, extensive jam session that still explores the darker corners of chamber pop-punk, but with an arresting experimental edge.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There are points when Kid feels a little boxed; "Mom & Dad's Waltz" plays trite in the indicated time signature, and "Wild Old Dog" delves too far into its God-as-errant-mutt metaphor. Nevertheless, Griffin re-emerges with her best foot forward, sparse folk for the working man ("Faithful Son").
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The piano-driven 'Trashcan,' bright and jovial 'House Built for Two,' and wobbly waltz of the title track accent Ode to Sunshine's 11 tunes, making it a pleasing debut from a band that should have an interesting future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A Different Kind of Truth, lucky No. 7.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Marling's fingerpicking still marvels, but the low blues of "Howl" and the title track's aggressive drone shade with bleaker hues.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    II
    At just 25 minutes, these 10 tracks zip quick, but their aural, emotional weightiness demands compression.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Go ahead, laugh at tongue-in-cheek lines like, "You're a sexy socialite/ I wish you were a socialist/ Instead of worrying about your name on the list," but do so knowing that Chromeo is serious about getting you on the dance floor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Simply put, Grrr ... is a fantastic follow-up, "Dimmer" serving as a perfectly springlike starter, dripping with charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Maturity has doomed too many bands to mention over the years, but this ain't one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Joan Osborne didn't wander too far from the dynamic "Relish" after it hit in 1995, but her subsequent recordings haven't captured her as wonderfully all-around until Little Wild One.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Candylion's dozen tracks are charming, lovely, quiet little bits of hope and glory and melancholy that arrive from somewhere you've never been but always wished to inhabit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Overlong as they are, these are beautifully recorded tracks: unadorned, antiquated, intimate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Follin works aggressively on tone and lyrics in "So Far" and "Keep Your Head Up," but doesn't lose any pop rhythm amid the sonic wash and despair, even on closer "No Hope."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Idle No More, titled for an indigenous rights movement, is both darker and more refined than any Shrines release to date.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The result plays out surprisingly cohesive, sounding like a new Foo Fighters LP with special guests, or a nonmetal version of Grohl's Probot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Seven new songs polish Chrome Dreams II, which glides past Young's well-meaning but flaccid new millennial output--"Are You Passionate?" (2002), "Greendale" (2003), and "Living With War" (2006)--in pulling alongside 2005's "Prairie Wind," and near some aforementioned career peaks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Iggy Pop's adieu doesn't go out in a blaze of blitzkrieging punk, but rather adopts a subtler, rhythmically diverse attack reminiscent of his earliest solo work and specifically 1977 twofer The Idiot and Lust for Life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Isbell has pulled together another gritty Southern Siren song.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Mostly this is the unadorned sound of Willie and Bobbie essaying surprises from the Great American Songbook.