BBC Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,833 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Nevermind [20th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Only behind such a distracting smokescreen could Damon Albarn get away with conducting a project as sprawling, daring, innovative, surprising, muddled and magnificent as Plastic Beach: not just one of the best records of 2010, but a release to stand alongside the greatest Albarn’s ever been involved with and a new benchmark for collaborative music as a whole.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even on a cursory listen, a water-testing foray into its 16 tracks, it's immediately apparent that this is an album unlike either that came before it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The set is a masterclass in how to respectfully update and enhance classic music, and proves how vital and relevant 30-year-old music remains today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Seventy-four years on, he has recorded what is surely the blues album of the year.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost 15 years on it remains a stereo regular, and loved like the day it was delivered, awkwardly and self-consciously, into a world that didn't know what to do with it. And, largely, still doesn't. So give it a home, won't you; it could be your album of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Promise is as compelling an advert for the Boss's beautiful, blue-collar soul as you're likely to find outside of the hits; an indispensible portrait of an artist at the top of his game. File this one under American Greats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's come late, but Basic Instinct is one of the best RnB albums of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    21
    21 is simply stunning. After only a handful of plays, it feels like you've always known it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Listening to it today, marvelling at his seemingly effortless way with a tune, it's understandable why it remains a classic of its era.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fans-pleasing eighth album from Britain's most consistently brilliant band.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not merely a rehash of the original, but a cohesive, considered masterpiece in its own right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They are, right now, the most inspirational, intriguing, effortlessly enrapturing band at work on these shores. And Smother might well prove to be the album of 2011.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no fault to be found with Skying--truly, every song here hits its mark, and while The Horrors are evidently a band happy to change its spots from record to record (and steal a few licks, too), only the most ungracious of observers could deny that they've now crafted two of the finest British albums of recent years.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In any form, What's Going On is an album that everyone should have in their collection; no matter how many times you play it, there is always something else to discover.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Should you be keen to pick your way through the evolutionary process of one of rock's greatest ever long-players, hearing every fuzzy demo and work-in-progress chorus, now you've the chance like never before.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Monkeytown is the sound of two men working in harmony, perfectly in control of their machines. And it may just be one of the albums of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quadrophenia is one of the few albums of its time that sounds as good today as it must have done then. For once, the term 'masterpiece' is not sold on the cheap.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is a remarkable display of creative unity and a stellar masterpiece sitting alongside the group's best work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its harder edge, its hindsight-laden sense of imminent loss and its sheer dirtiness, L.A. Woman comprises a brilliant bridge between the floral madness of the 1960s and the tougher decade to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wrecking Ball is a work of commanding range and masterful execution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You'll wish you'd been there. You'll wish it would never end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fourteen years later, this reissue reveals a record so unique and ahead-of-its-time that nothing else has sounded like it since.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another classic of the genre is born.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 36 minutes of Mid Air [is] a masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It sounds amazing, and represents an astounding return.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Innovative, dark, bold and creative, it’s an album only David Bowie could make.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That such a progressive, risk-taking LP wasn't celebrated across the board for its gutsy reinventing of a band thought pigeonholed wasn't that surprising, though – this is a difficult album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best things you'll hear all year. Bring on the next two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Origin:Orphan finds them finally able to out-wow the full spectacle of their magnificent shows, proving they are a serious and sophisticated musical force to be reckoned with as well as a mind-blowingly good gigging proposition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while an army of griping fans and sniping critics will argue that Heligoland doesn’t match their early triumphs, or break as much new ground, there will be younger listeners who hear it as something entirely new and recognize it for the gloomily, beguiling beauty it is.