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 21
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, then, From Africa With Fury: Rise is a pretty solid second effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This greatest hits comp (selected by BalkanBeats' DJ Robert Soko) showcases their party tunes such as the breakneck signature romp through Hava Naguila and the blistering flugelhorn ska of Khelipe E Cheasa... as well as their successful ventures further afield.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good Things is sufficiently accomplished, in fact, to at least temporarily banish the clouds of financial doom and gloom to the horizon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of great love and joy, Purpose + Grace confirms that Simpson remains at the top of his game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Slave Ambient as a whole may be more confused than your average reality show star at a Mensa meeting, but it's full of decent songs with a lot of heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pattern + Grid World may sound like an addendum to Cosmogramma, but it's no less essential for that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 36 minutes of Mid Air [is] a masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy to revel in Moffat's bleak wordplay and his everyman observations, but behind the black clouds and bitterness there are reminders of love and tempered optimism, encompassed by The Greatest Story Ever Told.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When one hears a musical feast as good and as sultry as this it's impossible not to conclude that, for all their wistfulness, entertaining enough renditions of standards seem half-baked by comparison. Having moved into the position of being a beloved national treasure status, Wyatt remains at his best when he's facing forwards rather than looking back.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much personality, poetry, vulnerability and resilience here that most other records sound like dry runs by comparison.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cancer Bats’ tendency to veer towards the metallic might shock those unaccustomed to having a sweaty Torontonian screaming blue murder in their faces. But persevere and it reveals itself as a selection of dark, enjoyably violent treats.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An original, accessible and highly recommended purchase.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At Night We Live is the best and the most confident album of their two-part career. It is also, admittedly, more commercial-sounding, but there's no shame in that if it's done with integrity, dignity and passion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As an album, a glorious rawness and disregard for verse-chorus-verse simplicity runs throughout, but it strains for cohesion.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's not much more British than slightly freaky folk music. As if to prove the point, Erland Cooper has mined these pleasant pastures for a debut album of depth and weird beauty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's refining her songwriting into an individualist composite of myriad genres, crafting works which resonate with her own personality. It's clear that she's no dilettante, and that her understanding of rock'n'roll, gospel, folk, country and rockabilly has a profound depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Metheny’s use of it here delivers a pale, expensive shadow of what a real band can achieve. The project doesn’t feel like it has longevity, and this release is for the hardcore only.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band’s phlegm-clotted bark and crisp four-chord surges remain intact throughout, whilst at the same time appearing more refined and steadily more adventurous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A personal, private fourth LP from the Philadelphia native and select pals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where special guests don't feature, Vieux Farka shows off his own playing on songs that often follow the same formula: starting with a burst of stuttering guitar work before easing into relaxed, rolling riffs and chanting vocals. His father would have approved.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An extension of the rehabilitation that the 63-year-old has undergone in the last decade, under the devoted guidance of family and friends, it's a record that both addresses and somehow transcends his past.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reinventing a genre they're not, but Nedry are certainly evolving trip hop in an enticing fashion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whopping 50 tracks are judiciously enough chosen to demonstrate why the band is legendary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a theme that recurs throughout the record, and, indeed, that defines the Four Tet canon: mesmeric, melody-laden music, with varying degrees of difficulty. There is Love in You should be a fine introductory course.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brimful of air guitar moments and other guilty pleasures, Brothers is pleasingly diverse and diverting, with barely a duff track.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fourteen years on from his debut as leader, Vijay Iyer joins the club with a characteristic blend of tasteful tribute and exciting unorthodoxy.