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 Skying
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1833
1,833 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure enough, complicated, esoteric and, yes, really quite bonkers, it turns out to be. By the same token, Tomorrow, In a Year is also a work of vaulting ambition whose ‘seriousness’ is written on its metaphorical sleeve and whose sense of gravity and ascetic rigour give Scott Walker’s Tilt or The Drift a run for their artily uncompromising money.
    • 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 band have taken Bruce Springsteen's influence, twisted and distorted it and made a quite remarkable album that lives up both to its rebellious, riotous ambition and its rich musical heritage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The contrasts are ecstatic, setting in stone just how remarkable a comeback New Young Pony Club have pulled off. The Optimist is a super-smart pop album at the top of its game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a raw, unfussy rock record that forsakes gloss or studio tricks for instinct and urgency.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Essentially, jj have offered a more rounded, somewhat slicker version of what came before, and to the vast majority of listeners the comforting embrace it offers will be welcomed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album that largely triumphs with a black snake moan and the revitalised, tempestuous twin snarl of Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Option Paralysis stretches its makers' imaginations and abilities superbly. Consider it another singular success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both in words and music, this album works by letting anger and warmth share a platform. In this respect, listeners already au fait with this splendid band should find plenty of cheer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Are the Roaring Night they delve deeper into the glittering soundscapes that have become synonymous with their sound; sacrificing something of the warmth that marked their previous work, they nonetheless emerge with a thoroughly impressive, coherent whole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a transatlantic musical campaign whose virtuosity, verve and sheer eccentric heart make it hard to resist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all clicks into gear by the end, and it perhaps bodes well that they appear to have worked out how to finish things on a high.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are strong, conventional songs full of clever flicks and feints, deliciously produced by Ed (Suede, Pulp, White Lies) Buller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good news: Lights is an expectations-passing collection that should see fans of the singer's material to date elevating her to superstar status.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of shadowing the pack, this album puts them right up the front.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Peepers is every bit as good, talented musicians reworking the rulebook with hearts and minds at play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a great album: smart, thrilling, bouncy, imaginative, sussed, melodic, fiery, punchy, passionate, repetitive, and immersed in the technology of 2010 but the ideology of the 60s and late 70s (and early 90s Olympia, if we’re going to be exact).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At an economic 38 minutes and free of anything in the slightest bit terrible, you should welcome Head First like the first sun of spring, know it inside out by the time the band are slaying festival crowds mid-summer and possibly buying copies to give to close friends and family at Christmas.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While sentimental on occasion, and certainly possessed by a lovelorn spirit that should connect with all but the hardest of hearts, The Law of Large Numbers never comes across cloyingly, its content ably handled and expressed with the same cliché-free purity The Delgados mastered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He now presents his third compilation which, as such compilations should, demonstrates to the world that he is a man of excellent taste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As tasters go, it’s exciting fare: the appetite for more isn’t so much whetted as left in a state of delightful fervent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By maintaining a ferocious appetite for streaming across territory few electronic musicians possess even a perception of, Autechre continue to test themselves and listeners alike with stunningly intricate results.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully recorded, Ali & Toumani lives up to and perhaps exceeds expectations.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This raucous collection of three-minute knee-tremblers, however, is as close as it gets [to a live show]. Swilling whiskey and spitting gravel, over-driven and over here, this is aural Prozac for the 21st century.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So don’t come to this thinking you’ll get the inside scoop on a celebrity divorce, but as a soundtrack to rampancy in general, it’s hard to beat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the most basic tools, the Stones build something lovely and lasting. Roll with them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    High Places have moved on, positioning themselves on the fringes of the ongoing chillwave explosion with enough invention to outlast most of its central protagonists.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it happens, most of these songs are rockers, and even the ballads possess a toughened core of energy.