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 What's Going On [40th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1831
1,831 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the album, Lamdin's production offers a sense of clarity and understated confidence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Sempiternal isn’t the equal of another genre-bending record Date has worked on, Deftones’ White Pony, it represents significant and successful progression for its makers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a vast, revealing monument to the genius of Ray Davies and one of the greatest British bands of all time.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Innovative, dark, bold and creative, it’s an album only David Bowie could make.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this latest release he seems to have come closer then ever to mainstream respectability, while retaining some of his maverick idiosyncrasies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banga is the best Patti Smith album since Horses. No one else makes rock records as rich, poetic and sexy as this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tramp continues the trajectory that got underway with her debut LP Because I Was in Love in 2009, broadening her sound and exhibiting greater confidence while markedly ramping up the volume.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as second albums go, it is a brilliantly bold, robust work, showcasing real development and the kind of graceful erudition that places Regan squarely ahead of the curve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's an album that envelops even as it blurs and drifts, its hooks no less insistent for their subtlety.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Avi's vocals coalesce remarkably with those of keyboard player Rebecca Coleman, who was originally Avi's muse by way of an intense teenage crush.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this ability to pare back extraneous matter and to stare unflinchingly into the very soul of a song that makes Last such a spellbinding, if at times unsettling, experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bonkers and beautiful, Storm Corrosion leaves one wondering what this duo will come up with next.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, he exorcises the turmoil with a focused set of sustained brilliance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it lacks the freshness that saw it named one of Pitchfork's best albums of last year, there's no doubting that Palomo's best efforts retain their charm a year since they were first heard.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are ten other very fine songs here, this album shows Ritter developing continually, and there's potential for greatness, in time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Civilian pushes Wye Oak to the head of the nu-shoegaze pack with a record as blissed out as it is maudlin, as rootsy and tough as it is fey and introspective.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A collection of mesmeric, epic stillness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This latest record also goes some way to proving that, while he may be an old dog with a pickled onion for a head, Mark E. Smith and The Fall are still capable of learning the odd new trick.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An LP as weighty, compelling and brilliant as The Bad Seeds have ever produced.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed have once again created a challenging, intense, evocative work, worthy of their canon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There was a time when it seemed anything emanating from a Chicago zip code was essential. That time may have passed, but if you're in any way interested in atmospheric, exploratory music that creates worlds as it progresses, seek Boca Negra out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As good as their 2007 Mercury Prize-nominated album, The Bairns, undoubtedly was, Here’s the Tender Coming raises the standard higher still.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of Jurado's strongest albums in an encouraging line of strong albums.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the hype, this album is by no means a feasible breakthrough into the mainstream--there's not stride enough for that. But when it's at its best, it's boundary-breaking.