Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,645 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Saltwater
Lowest review score: 20 Tical 0: The Prequel
Score distribution:
1,645 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Sketchy sound quality (on The Vanilla Tapes), to be sure, but its rawness makes the final product that much more impressive.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nearly a half-century after the sometimes haphazard creation, this music retains every bit of its intimacy, mystery, and resonance, and The Basement Tapes Complete boxes it up with the respect and insight it demands.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    VU arrived in Los Angeles with new bass player Doug Yule to track its third and final LP for MGM Records, here excavated as a 6-CD set. Bassist/keyboardist/viola virtuoso Cale's absence proved sonically profound.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The usual ephemeral padding--an extensive oral history rendered redundant by the documentary, a poster, and a replica of Simon's legal pad of lyrics--fills the linen-bound Graceland deluxe, which footnotes the remastered album with a 25-minute bonus CD of demos mostly heard on previous editions, though a 10-minute "The Story of 'Graceland'" audio deconstruction by Simon sums up the box in a song.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The second CD of Led Zeppelin III expands on its mothership's psychograss exhilaration.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sound System presents the complete Clash, lovingly remastered on six discs, comprising the five studio LPs the classic lineup released between 1977 and 1982, plus a 3-CD set featuring non-LP singles and B-sides. A DVD unspools archival footage, plus every video. The sonic upgrade sounds best on the earliest material.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Hearing the newly recorded album as a completed work instead of dismembered modules is a rollicking reassertion of Wilson's compositional genius.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Kudos to White's preservation of Lynn's loving, narrative songwriting even when paired with his own grittier sensibilities. In doing so, the two unlikely bedfellows have cut a classic.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This self-titled album, released on UK indie Rough Trade in 1988, began her journey to becoming a household name. In a newly remastered 2-disc edition, Lucinda Williams blossoms all over again.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    "Black Dog" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" back-to-back are gonzo.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stepping upward into the macro, the album's landmark achievement lies in Kendrick Lamar's elevation of hip-hop into subtle invisibility, his blackness not exclusively tied to the rapper image.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Two decades later ... these weighty collections still earn and own those [accolades].
    • 96 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gainsbourg's whispered nothings are mystery no more, translated here alongside the French lyrics. While there are no bonus tracks, the accompanying booklet features extensive essays from music writer Andy Beta and electronic musician Andy Votel.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Despite the box set's girth and groovy 3-D cover, anyone who's not a hardcore completist or David Leaf understudy will be sated by the 2-CD version.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Led Zeppelin II binds the biggest and baddest of the group's heavyweight first chapter with the thinest of extras, 33 minutes of early mixes and backing tracks.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Through thick and thin, Kanye West proves the ultimate curator and host, the master of his domain.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of his most accomplished recordings.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    1993's Icky Mettle thumps Warp's warpath between lo-fi sad sackery ("You and Me") and shitstorm post-post punk ("Sick File"). The Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP ignites a bonus disc as anthemic as 1977 Clash ("Bathroom").
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Not only does it capture the unstructured verse of a masked maniac within a sheer net of plausibility, it parades his inner dementia among instrumental adornments of the highest order.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A 25th anniversary minibox stuffs poster and postcards in with a mother lode second disc of 19 "Athens Demos," from punky ("Bad Day") to finished ("All the Right Friends").
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    New DVD/CD combo Live at Reading rides the wave of mutilation that was Nevermind, but its best moments dump Bleach, the busy shoot pausing to catch Cobain picking out debut detention "School."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    He's a thief, a con, a 60-year-old with nothing to say. And he continues saying it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An alternate and/or nascent mix of Achtung Baby not only doesn't add to the dialog, it perhaps subtracts from it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's largely successful, because it's hard to go wrong with Dolly Parton; 26 gold and platinum albums make her arguably the most successful female country singer-songwriter, and Dolly goes a long way toward that.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Nicene Creedence Ed. doesn't exactly unravel Malkmus' lyrical labyrinths, but the sprawling, double-disc, 44-song set ties up all loose ends, gathering essential B-sides ('No Tan Lines'), outtakes (instrumental 'Beautiful as a Butterfly'), and live sessions.