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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's a pop artist of substance, and as such brings a touch of class and sufficient flavour of another genre to the mainstream to make music that's interesting and lasting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luck in the Valley finds him totally at home on the ranch, sat in his rocking chair and surrounded by friends gathered around the porch deck. It’s a fitting last hurrah from a true American primitive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The duo has followed through admirably with Invariable Heartache, a record that seeps with clear-eyed hope, regret and wisdom.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bewildering but fun bedlam seems to be their default setting, if the first half-dozen or so tracks are anything to go by.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clearly, the reduction in volume and scale has lead to fantastic musical growth--a fine, accomplished and emotional album that ranks among his very best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A compact and incredibly gratifying introduction to a new lo-fi talent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parton's 41st studio LP sparkles with the enthusiasm of a debut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no better way to shut out the din than by putting this record on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just one eye-opening surge of splendour, like the first gasp of a newborn baby taking in the world for the very first time. The difference with this album: that sense of wonder never fades.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [An] impressive debut album.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    La Voyage Dans La Lune is the 'most Air' thing this duo may ever craft, a perfect set with which to remind audiences of their continuing excellence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where that album [2008’s Supreme Balloon] over-extended a limited palette, this set bridles with impish imagination.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Psychedelic, kaleidoscopic pop... heady and brilliant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are many arguments for and against Tyler's mouth and mind, but once the language barrier is crossed and ears become numb, the real brilliance of Goblin can be heard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambitious, and brilliant, fourth LP from the New York MC.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They continue to make music that sounds like it cares how you are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of pigeonhole-free ambition slowly being realised, and it's sounding great.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pleasure in Beirut's music has always largely been in what it evokes – a kind of melancholy tempered with optimism and sometimes celebration. And it evokes marvellously here: whatever current Condon found himself caught up in that led to the creation of these songs, it's one you feel he's happy to coast a while yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their most adventurous, confident and engaging record in years.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remind[s] you just what a good singer the rocking knight can be. And after years of personal and professional earnestness, he sounds like he's having fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hercules and Love Affair have vaulted over any second album worries with a jubilant and celebratory collection of large tunes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So sublime are these ten spectral soundtracks to the minutiae of a modern lover's tribulations that their sorrow is translated into something more uplifting than unsettling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fly Zone is streamlined, its production consistently excellent despite numerous contributors.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure enough, complicated, esoteric and, yes, really quite bonkers, it turns out to be. By the same token, Tomorrow, In a Year is also a work of vaulting ambition whose ‘seriousness’ is written on its metaphorical sleeve and whose sense of gravity and ascetic rigour give Scott Walker’s Tilt or The Drift a run for their artily uncompromising money.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her songs fall easily on the ear, her rhyming schemes are adroit and she writes intelligently on serious subjects.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If only all bands had the guts and honesty of The Maccabees, maybe they'd get round to making third records as good as this.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is electro-pop with palpable emotion possessing its fizzing keys, guided by a vocal performance that underplays the fraught feelings found on the lyric sheet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are impressive experimental excursions here, too: take Never Say Never, a whirl of backwards beats, twinkling harps and discombobulated vocals that’s both utterly disorientating and quite delightful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With I Speak Because I Can, that argument may now end. Though just 20, it doesn't appear within her scope to make an outright bad album, and here we are shown a few more glimpses of her gift, but yet not an overwhelming outpouring of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    File him beside Frank Ocean as an RnB star set to climb to new heights in 2012.