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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a world overflowing with female singer-songwriters, Anna Calvi's exceptional guitar playing and raw, elemental style certainly mark her out as different from the herd.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God bless unique, unfathomable, great Queen Polly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are every bit as enthrallingly out of step with the group's "mainstream" catalogue as previous SYR releases, but fashioned into something that's perfectly coherent, and really quite a delightful listen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He may just have produced his best album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flash, brash and brimming with an irrepressible anarchic vigour, more than anything, Bring Your Own is a thing of unfettered joy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely does a British debut album forge such a fully formed, genuinely unique direction that attempts to slot it into established scenes prove almost entirely fruitless. But Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, the full-length bow of late-20s wisdom dispenser/producer Obaro 'Ghostpoet' Ejimiwe, achieves such a feat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not an album for those with short attention spans but, in a world of lightweights, Tabor's a colossus and this is one of her finest hours.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full-tilt, power-pop catharsis and ecstatic blaze-of-glory euphoria – catchier than H1N1.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prepare to be smitten all over again, as the NYC outfit release a brilliant fourth album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Driven by Simon's uniquely percussive acoustic guitar, and with his world music leanings embedded naturally rather than overtly, this beguiling album shows him to have lost none of his ability for finding universal truths within the guise of introspection. It's a profound statement from a master of his craft.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although less varied and dynamic than Rated R, Queens of the Stone Age simply crackles with energy. At its best, it's just as electrifying, even if it doesn't maintain the dizzying momentum which rolled its follow-up to instant glory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from didactic or preachy, it's a lesson in the pure power of music.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the flagrant pop thrill-seeker--judging by this incredible, irrepressible, ecstatic, brilliant record--neither will they ever disappoint. Don't believe the anti-hype: pop album of the year, by at least a dozen choruses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dive into their magnificent depths and you might find a record to fall in love with several times over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are around 20,000 records like this released every year by female troubadours. But there's something just very right, and really quite splendid, about Get Well Soon. It could well prove to be a timeless little wonder.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Please enjoy someone actually putting a bit of effort and imagination back into pop, and keep the sneering and lazy comparisons in check. Not that they can take anything away from what is, simply, a marvellous record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of 2011's most absorbing, affecting and downright brilliant LPs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One brilliant rock song follows another, defiantly leaden in construction but stalwart in performance. Rarely does such simple rock sound so satisfying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that's easily as good as any punk release you'll hear in 2011.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What can't be denied, however, is that the album easily deserves its place in the hearts of those who admire fellow fuzzy-edged slackers Superchunk, Pavement and Guided by Voices as much as those new to the game, who'll find echoes of the band's sound fizzling through modern-day collegiate grungesters like Milk Music or Gun Outfit.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Go is easily among the frontrunners for album of the year (so far).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is louche and intoxicating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Route One or Die they have managed to destroy not only their previous releases, but potentially anything else released in 2011.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a pure, you're-only-as-old-as-you-feel joy to hear British hip hop's most original and inspiring voice hitting his peak as he approaches his 40th year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a mesmerising album which confirms that Björk can weave dumfounding wonders from Silly String--whatever's placed before her, she can turn to her advantage, taking her audience on a trip the likes of which no other contemporary artist is capable of planning, let alone embarking on. In a word: amazing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The exceptional musicianship and impeccable vocals may not be to everyone's taste, but for 40 very happy minutes, you can revel in SJDK's very discrete world.