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 The Promise
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1831
1831 music reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their most coherent, alive and plain best album yet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's full of the kind of heavy textures and atmospheric nuances that explain exactly why Johnson is also a movie soundtrack composer of increasing repute.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one mainstream marshmallow with an acidic coating worth a lick.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good Shoes have home-produced a record worthy of similar plaudits; there’s both hope and future here in abundance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those Manics fans whose bearing on the band is centred by a Britpop firmament, rather than The Holy Bible, this record will prove a joy. It's jolly, but jolly good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vintage touches and modern twists combine on an irrepressible soul record.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These gifted siblings have come of age. You’ll want what they’re having.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You wouldn't expect soul from a Glen Campbell record, but it takes many forms. A veteran who needs help to express his memories of a life less ordinary, but ironically sounds on the top of his game, is clearly one of them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Latin, the band's third album, is something of a side-step from its predecessors, Holy Fuck (2004) and LP (2007). It's less brawny and statelier, perhaps in part due to its producers Paul Epworth (Florence, The Rapture) and Dave Sardy (Black Mountain, LCD). But it might well be the closest the band has got to sounding as visceral and as rich on record as they do live.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Time will tell, but this opening salvo will certainly leave you pumped up for further Foster kicks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Powerful" is perhaps the most fitting word, and though the strength of certain arrangements can feel all-engulfing, there are too many moments of near-inexpressible, extravagant brilliance on The Silicone Veil to deny Sundfør's overall accomplishment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At an economic 38 minutes and free of anything in the slightest bit terrible, you should welcome Head First like the first sun of spring, know it inside out by the time the band are slaying festival crowds mid-summer and possibly buying copies to give to close friends and family at Christmas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ontario's Junior Boys have been charming us with their soulful brand of electro-pop for a good few years now, but they've never sounded as much fun as they do on new album It's All True.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's tight, concise and thrillingly sharp--what makes High on Fire's fifth album such a success is its intricacy and balance that allows it to appeal to more than your friendly neighbourhood metalhead.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not sonically unique. Yet there's a charm here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vultures isn't an album we'll be talking about 20 years from now, but for thrills, spills and hair-raising heaviness, it gets the job done in style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you peer hard enough, there are. Subtly, slow-burningly, Zero 7's wispy, placid emissions reveal charm and interest value; even the occasional surprise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's camp, but it's shadowy. It's epic, but it's introvert. It's highly peculiar, yet hugely commercial. It's one big, beautiful oxymoron.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anxiety is as tight and catchy as a baseball mitt.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What remains is a solid collection of pop-soul renderings through which Ocean tries to find himself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It works to the strengths of each, allowing Negro and Barwick their own spaces to shine while sculpting an overall, engrossing ambience around the pair.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    IRM
    At times it is so minimal and skeletal, the songs are in need of intensive care. Yet it is unafraid to rock (Trick Pony, Dandelion) or be resolutely commercial.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Philip Larkin memorably once noted, "What will survive of us is love". Whilst that's undoubtedly true, in Martyn's case there are also these glorious songs to savour and celebrate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For Fitz and Co, few if any post-60s developments in black dance music are acknowledged. Still, when it's good and exciting, as on the standout Don't Gotta Work It Out, with its simply thrilling keyboard coda, considerations of originality become irrelevant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cultdom seems assured at the very least, and How I Knew Her is less an album to yield all its myriad charms instantly, more one to slow-drip its way to adoration
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe it shouldn't be altogether surprising that Knoxville is brimming over with bravura displays of improvisational nous. Similarly, it would be hard to find a finer study of the suppression of the ego; each musician's signature sound serving to continually complement, but never saturate, the artistry of the others.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the album, Lamdin's production offers a sense of clarity and understated confidence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all clicks into gear by the end, and it perhaps bodes well that they appear to have worked out how to finish things on a high.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album demands to be heard in a single sitting, in a contradiction of the digitally shuffling age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith Westerns are that rare treat: an intelligent indie band with a love of a good tune and a good time.