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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Skying
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1831
1,831 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result of this is that many songs here, like Elbow's Mirrorball, are fairly modern, and Gabriel rarely dips into the obvious rock canon (Heroes aside). And the sparseness of the arrangements around the singer’s tender vocals makes this a thing of beauty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a stunning, genre-transcending record that should appeal as much to fans of the esoteric, fuzzbox-psychedelia unearthed by Andy Votel and the Finders Keepers label as it will those fond of dubstep, the spliff-frazzled paranoia of trip hop, J Dilla’s vision of cerebral, emotionally rich hip hop, the head-in-the-clouds acid folk of Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex and dust-blown, voodoo-tweaked blues.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She is, by no means, ‘retro’ in her art; it’s just been a long time since anyone sang soul music as passionately, wittily and inventively as she does here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What pushes I Learned the Hard Way towards being something truly brilliant as opposed to just very, very good is how well it works as a cohesive, well-rounded whole.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its charms are subtle, its grip soft and easily shrugged by those who choose to pay it only passing attention. Live with it a while, though, and High Violet rewards patience with songs that colour one's waking existence, becoming vivid night-time narratives when curtains are drawn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is electronic psychedelic-groove, flush with drama. Neither space rock nor alt-dance but flickering somewhere on the cusp of both, it should win back deserters while glamouring new converts.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a dizzying fusion, marked by its lofty ambition and stunning central performance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The quality of Georgia Peaches is expectedly sketchy – but such is the energy conveyed that it's tough indeed to not become caught up in the crackly cacophony.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fact, every track on this superb album is a winner--and, draped in the quiet glamour, fun and stateliness of bygone radio pop-rock, evidence that Ariel has emerged from his bedroom to exact his revenge on Hollywood's Hills.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aphrodite is pure Kylie magic. Everything that made you fall in love with her all over again before is present and correct here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That OutKast comeback will surely be killer, but for now respect is due the way of this splendid solo adventure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are more ideas here than many bands manage in their entire career, but in inimitable Maiden style, it's woven together beautifully.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock album of the year, if anyone's counting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than adhering to type, Black Mountain now have a catalogue of songs that respect and rival their influences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're not quite there by the time six-and-a-half minute opus Eyesore encapsulates everything that's been wonderful about the preceding 36 before slowly fading out, turn it over and start again. It's worth it, because Public Strain is one of 2010's finest LPs.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soundgarden, Seattle natives at the epicentre of the early 1990s' plaid-and-flannel rock scene, already have one best-of to their name, 1997's A-Sides. But Telephantasm goes further, spreading itself across 24 tracks and two discs, including excellent live performances alongside commercially released singles.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Senior makes a strong claim to be 2010's best electronic album. It's a record to lie back and drown in.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this isn't one of the albums of 2010, then it is certainly the album of their career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harnessing those tropes to dexterous finger-picking and chiming Gamelan, along with the often jaw-dropping vocal delivery of Alan Bishop (his bravura performance on The Imam is right up there with his blood-curdling incantatory work on Master Musicians of Bukkake's People of the Drifting Houses) has resulted in Sun City Girls' most accessible and consistent album (a far cry from their puzzling and profligate series of Carnival Folklore Resurrection volumes).
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first genuinely exciting, no-filler, pure pop full-length album since The Fame.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Love Me Back is worth so much more than the future classic tag it's been lumped with--it's an instant and self-assured blast of a record, its maker a new star to love
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album, Mark Ronson's "imaginary follow up to Rio that never was", is their best for 18 years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their 11th studio album is 40 minutes of gorgeous nothings, full of intricate curlicues of sparkling Colin Newman guitar and synth given beef by the surging rhythms of Robert Grey aka Gotobed and Graham Lewis
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kaputt is a genuine classic, unlike anything any other artist will release in 2011.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An original, accessible and highly recommended purchase.