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 Skying
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of conceptual realisation, Liquid Swords is a blueprint for the perfect Wu record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surrender your mind, body and soul to the Goat and one of the year's best albums so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a marvellous, spine-tingling journey around some not-so-obvious American songs, and also a stunning tutorial in different American music styles, strung together by LaVette's sensuous singing... Possibly the best set of songs she's ever recorded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Until the Quiet Comes further catapults Ellison into the cosmos and away from all things terrestrial. He's the king of his domain, and there is no runner-up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It transcends the boundaries and expectations of its genre--even those previously set by the very band that made it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed have once again created a challenging, intense, evocative work, worthy of their canon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Understated and thoughtful, The Violence is a true folk record that should rightfully see Hayman recognised as the national treasure that he clearly is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the spare instrumentation, there's no sense of repetition or lack of variety, and these emotive, excellent songs stay with you. A late contender for album of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Rage Against the Machine has aged extremely well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie is no masterpiece, but its ambition is clearer than anything else Corgan has ever been involved with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinary record.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fortunately, the remainder of the album is a powerful, intimate, sumptuous delight in which the orchestra enhances the innate grandeur of Antony's music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result a stunning, profound, moving and soulful record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten
    Ten is incredible. It's up there with Gold, Substance and Discography in terms of greatest-hits sets.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end-of-year lists for 2012 are barely gone from recent memory, but you can expect to read about Vertikal again in 11 months' time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This treasure trove of well-recorded European broadcasts from ORTF and Swedish Radio represents the first official CD set tracking Miles in transition from acoustic quintet to all-out fusion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An LP as weighty, compelling and brilliant as The Bad Seeds have ever produced.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its extra content engineered to appeal to collectors and casual fans alike, this is a justified addition to the many Rumours already making the rounds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The two hours of Exai is something else. This is Autechre operating at their highest level since 1998’s LP5.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The initial surprise on this follow-up is discovering that Grant’s songs work as well--if not even better--when paired with a synth-pop backing rooted more in the 1980s than the preceding decade.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Meir is an album that will be regarded with such reverence that it’ll be a marker for other acts’ work to be compared to in the future.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shaking the Habitual is something else, but it’s hard not to find that profoundly exhilarating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether as the fanfare arrival of a unique new voice or the peculiar indulgence of a future cult classic, this is an album that has to be heard to be believed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years, rigorously challenging, pumped with insinuating melodies, sleek with propulsive energies and pulsating with a uniquely globular funkiness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now
    This is grown-up, frequently gorgeous music that epitomises the very best in neo-soul.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of the Noughties – electro enough without being harsh, interesting without being over-cool, quirky without being weird. Empire Of The Sun have cracked the perfect blend of fond reflection and sexy new frontier frisson. If this is what the future sounds like, then it's going to be beautiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The performances are terrific, and although the songs are from the more obscure end of the Western Swing repertoire, with the exception of Corrine Corrina and Right or Wrong, it’s an excellent introduction to this music--a delightful blend of country, swing and jazz.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a complex, winding late-night soundtrack that doesn't move too fast, but never stops to question the judgement of its own unique outsider logic.