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 Wrecking Ball
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost 15 years on it remains a stereo regular, and loved like the day it was delivered, awkwardly and self-consciously, into a world that didn't know what to do with it. And, largely, still doesn't. So give it a home, won't you; it could be your album of the year.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In any form, What's Going On is an album that everyone should have in their collection; no matter how many times you play it, there is always something else to discover.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To listen to the pioneering Tago Mago in 2011 is to hear the blueprint for much of the leftfield music of the past 40 years, and this reissue will hopefully inspire further invention for decades to come.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another classic of the genre is born.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forget the boycotts and controversy, and marvel once again at the magic that Simon conjured up on Graceland.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Memories are fuzzy, but the music now it's here is pure and gorgeous, the familiar mesh of brotherly voices exquisite as ever.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Similarly reissued in expanded form it presents proof that, even on sunnier days, Mould still had angst to burn.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Promise is as compelling an advert for the Boss's beautiful, blue-collar soul as you're likely to find outside of the hits; an indispensible portrait of an artist at the top of his game. File this one under American Greats.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of conceptual realisation, Liquid Swords is a blueprint for the perfect Wu record.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Released in the summer of 1986, the grammatically challenged Lifes Rich Pageant was their fourth long-player and, with hindsight, a watershed album residing on the cusp between the group's initial chiming-but-oblique garage-rock signature and the stadium-tailored sound of the albums with which they would seduce the world later in the decade.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twenty years on, Achtung (German for "Attention") Baby still sounds zestful and compelling, with some of U2's all-time highs.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its harder edge, its hindsight-laden sense of imminent loss and its sheer dirtiness, L.A. Woman comprises a brilliant bridge between the floral madness of the 1960s and the tougher decade to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might only be February, but you wouldn't look foolish calling this one of the albums of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a glorious summation of Blur's career, placing them firmly amongst the very best bands of all time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is about as good and sustained a riposte to the grubby, grabbing times we live in as any artist has mustered, which makes it essential listening.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For metalheads who like their music sharp and executed without recourse to compromise, then this is a contender for genre album of the year.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a dizzying fusion, marked by its lofty ambition and stunning central performance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quadrophenia is one of the few albums of its time that sounds as good today as it must have done then. For once, the term 'masterpiece' is not sold on the cheap.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Listening to it today, marvelling at his seemingly effortless way with a tune, it's understandable why it remains a classic of its era.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Should you be keen to pick your way through the evolutionary process of one of rock's greatest ever long-players, hearing every fuzzy demo and work-in-progress chorus, now you've the chance like never before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeah, Gregory Porter is the real deal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is a gift from Vijay Iyer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is a remarkable display of creative unity and a stellar masterpiece sitting alongside the group's best work.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie is no masterpiece, but its ambition is clearer than anything else Corgan has ever been involved with.