BBC Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,831 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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Smother
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1831
1831 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed have once again created a challenging, intense, evocative work, worthy of their canon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinary record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some have decried the use of clicks and fuzz, but they're surely half the point in this exquisite album-length disquisition on memory and desire, love and loss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dazzling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Route One or Die they have managed to destroy not only their previous releases, but potentially anything else released in 2011.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Deserters, given a chance, will completely negate any such journalistic silliness with just one listen, because it is a jolt of psychedelic, oozing instrumental wonder and songwriting magnificence.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Released in the summer of 1986, the grammatically challenged Lifes Rich Pageant was their fourth long-player and, with hindsight, a watershed album residing on the cusp between the group's initial chiming-but-oblique garage-rock signature and the stadium-tailored sound of the albums with which they would seduce the world later in the decade.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are around 20,000 records like this released every year by female troubadours. But there's something just very right, and really quite splendid, about Get Well Soon. It could well prove to be a timeless little wonder.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clearly neither advancing age nor years of unabated success have deprived Plant of either his constant appetite for challenge or his ability to deliver in a cogent, credible and thoroughly convincing fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Go is easily among the frontrunners for album of the year (so far).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it won't please those expecting a selection of aggressive dubstep workouts, Severant is a stunning debut that gives up more secrets with every listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although less varied and dynamic than Rated R, Queens of the Stone Age simply crackles with energy. At its best, it's just as electrifying, even if it doesn't maintain the dizzying momentum which rolled its follow-up to instant glory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's when the ceaseless forward momentum of old hijacks Pop Negro's new structural nous that the most rewarding moments arrive here, the aforementioned Soca Del Eclipse, Ghetto Facil and Muerte Midi highlights of an album that's among the year's best, and that, while immediately enchanting, will take years to unravel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that's easily as good as any punk release you'll hear in 2011.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from didactic or preachy, it's a lesson in the pure power of music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flash, brash and brimming with an irrepressible anarchic vigour, more than anything, Bring Your Own is a thing of unfettered joy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a glorious summation of Blur's career, placing them firmly amongst the very best bands of all time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album, Mark Ronson's "imaginary follow up to Rio that never was", is their best for 18 years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a world overflowing with female singer-songwriters, Anna Calvi's exceptional guitar playing and raw, elemental style certainly mark her out as different from the herd.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brief, brilliant record that leaves you panting, Body Talk, Part 2 is the latest evidence that Robyn is probably the best, most versatile pop star currently at work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely does a British debut album forge such a fully formed, genuinely unique direction that attempts to slot it into established scenes prove almost entirely fruitless. But Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, the full-length bow of late-20s wisdom dispenser/producer Obaro 'Ghostpoet' Ejimiwe, achieves such a feat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What can't be denied, however, is that the album easily deserves its place in the hearts of those who admire fellow fuzzy-edged slackers Superchunk, Pavement and Guided by Voices as much as those new to the game, who'll find echoes of the band's sound fizzling through modern-day collegiate grungesters like Milk Music or Gun Outfit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much personality, poetry, vulnerability and resilience here that most other records sound like dry runs by comparison.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its high-minded lyrical concerns, its family-sized choruses and its authors' buoyant pursuit of what, in lesser hands, could be a restrictive musical form, True North is a superior addition to Bad Religion's already towering body of work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An LP as weighty, compelling and brilliant as The Bad Seeds have ever produced.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twenty years on, Achtung (German for "Attention") Baby still sounds zestful and compelling, with some of U2's all-time highs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no doubt in this mind that Narrows have created one of the hardcore albums of 2012. There is a strange kind of beauty in unbridled monstrosity, and Painted is a stunning behemoth of an album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Referring to Quakers as a collective is a touch disingenuous.... But, fresh and subtle spins on hip hop are sufficiently widespread throughout this set that it's just about the only complaint worth making.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The criticisms are minor--a couple of tracks slide back into familiar Americana, but even then there's no sense of the band coasting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fact, this record's only flaw is that its scale is so awe-inspiring it tends to paper over any weaker cracks.