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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, he's got Paul McCartney playing slurpy bass on As It Comes, and Neko Case pops up on the countrified duet Sing Me to Sleep, but there's no escaping the sound of his past. Nor any sense that it's a past that needs to be escaped from.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Damnesia, the bare bones and glistening edges are on such clear display that even the most cheerful listener's day will be darkened by Alkaline Trio's gathering storm clouds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a far from perfect album, but at its peak it’s highly mature, seasoned music. Exhaustion clearly seems to be beneficial to McRae’s unique sound.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The band’s lack of a defining musical style has proven an advantage here, as frontman Damian Kulash and co. were clearly able to explore their boundaries, unconfined by audience expectations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are no excursions into dubstep, no guest rappers and no raunchiness, just good clean wholesome party (as in jelly and ice-cream) fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oh No I Love You is a warm affair and a slightly more together reflection of Tim than I Believe was, and the accompanying remix album with cosmic re-works by the likes of Seahawks is a bonus too. This deserves to find itself in as many homes as possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Red
    She's a quick-witted lyricist with a sharp eye.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even during its less-memorable moments, this is an album that maintains its atmosphere, and Elson is an engaging narrator (although there's no trace of her Oldham roots to be heard).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fear Factory’s slices of digital dystopia no longer sound futuristic or groundbreaking, but Mechanize is a powerful statement from a revitalized and still-relevant band.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Road From Memphis hasn't got any of the surprise factor of Potato Hole; in fact, it's more like reacquainting yourself with an old friend. But it's a work of such high quality it doesn't really matter it's nothing new.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Consequently Familial initially seems timid, even half-hearted, but persistence reveals an album full of sweet sentiment and honest meditations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [A] likeable, if light, follow-up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In creating a work which pretty much unfailingly sounds like it could have been made 25 years ago, Future Islands have rejected a lot of current sonic trends--only for their sound to land fashionable-side-up anyway. The tunes are the thing, of course, and the tunes are good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What It Means to Be Left-Handed contains more ideas than most guitar bands muster in their entire careers and will certainly consolidate Pierce's core cult audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a genre experiment that might encourage more sceptical listeners to err on the side of caution, but if you’re willing to let yourself be swept away, then the rewards are worthwhile.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pink Friday isn't a classic by any means, then, but when Nicki Minaj is on fire nobody in hip hop – male or female – can extinguish her bright-burning talents.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sometimes you wish they'd let themselves go a little more, but there's much here to adore.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It seems that the band still have plenty to say, and the means to say it well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Liquid Love is undoubtedly impressive, well-honed and slickly produced, and it’s shot through with a glowing joie de vivre. But it’s too smoothed and tidied.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Subversion of the most intelligent, insidious, inventive kind.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Clan sounds lean, experienced and relaxed on a recommended new collection.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Flamingo will keep the fans from growing rabid while The Killers take a break, but if Flowers releases another solo album before reconvening with his colleagues, teeth might well be bared.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's perhaps too subtle and intricate for a marketplace accustomed to being bashed about the bonce by rave-fuelled RnB – but if your palate fancies some tuneful sweetness, Youth will melt in your mouth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardcore fans can, of course, simply ignore it, but they're exactly the people who might've hoped for something more. As an introduction to Pearl Jam's on-stage prowess, however, this is a tidy effort.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    OST
    At times it can settle too readily into a kind of country chug, and one begins to feel stuck for too long in a dusty, last-breath pick-up on some interminable road trip. But when it is good, it is very, very good.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If this T-Bone Burnett-produced album isn't a standout, it still has plenty going for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's appealing, generally engaging and all shot through with the confidence of a man who must feel he's got the hit parade Midas touch
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, then, From Africa With Fury: Rise is a pretty solid second effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These 13 songs are a bold leap forward for Zygadlo, and feel like a personal, intimate success.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the clunky moments, there’s ample proof that Team Bieber know exactly what they’re doing and who they’re talking to. As you’d expect, it’s the ballads that hit the hardest.