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 Monkeytown
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it won't please those expecting a selection of aggressive dubstep workouts, Severant is a stunning debut that gives up more secrets with every listen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's brilliantly realised, thanks to Del Rey's extraordinary delivery, her ability to slip from deep-toned haughtiness to breathless ecstasy to velvety vamping – often in the same gorgeous melody.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the most uniquely sublime, meticulous and heroic 40 minutes of 2011.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Barchords is an enormously likeable set of songs... ranks as one of the most refreshingly direct and enjoyable albums of the year so far.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeah, Gregory Porter is the real deal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Black Radio surpasses the excellence of Double Booked, which is a brilliant album in its own right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is a gift from Vijay Iyer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Referring to Quakers as a collective is a touch disingenuous.... But, fresh and subtle spins on hip hop are sufficiently widespread throughout this set that it's just about the only complaint worth making.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of 'dance'-in-2012's very best albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ECM may have its detractors, but they've given us an unexpected gem here and maybe one of the jazz records of the year so far.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's far ahead enough of that competition, intellectually and inspirationally, to exist on another plane of appreciation altogether.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forget the boycotts and controversy, and marvel once again at the magic that Simon conjured up on Graceland.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the essential debuts of the year so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With staggering live versions of Spoon and Mushroom to boot, The Lost Tapes turns out to be even rarer than its contents: a collection almost as vital as Can's official album output.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Similarly reissued in expanded form it presents proof that, even on sunnier days, Mould still had angst to burn.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gojira is one of the finest bands of our generation, and with L'Enfant Sauvage they've created another album to suit such a reputation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The criticisms are minor--a couple of tracks slide back into familiar Americana, but even then there's no sense of the band coasting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This nearly flawless collection is simply the next step in the Baroness saga, and it's a beautiful one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dazzling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Purity Ring have pulled off the feat of producing one of the year's most arresting debuts – a Grimm Tales for the 2010s, shrouded in the illusory threads of contemporary club music – while sounding like no-one else but themselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's nothing "next" about Ware: she's here, now, and superb.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Seer might not be the album you spend most time with this year--it's too emotionally demanding for heavy rotation – but it's one you'll be listening to for years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no doubt in this mind that Narrows have created one of the hardcore albums of 2012. There is a strange kind of beauty in unbridled monstrosity, and Painted is a stunning behemoth of an album.