Beats Per Minute (formerly One Thirty BPM)'s Scores

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For 843 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 18 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 843
843 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    This is smart, smooth, high thread count dance-punk.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a thoughtful and meditative affair with a meaningful and felt collaboration at its core.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Shields is both well-mannered and demanding, subdued but always bubbling under the surface.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ram's 2012 reincarnation sounds impeccable. Though the bonus tracks don't pack much punch, the LP's dozen original cuts, crowned by the breakthrough sensation "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey," arguably make this LP McCartney's seminal solo effort.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    People shouldn't expect a "completely Dr. John" record, but there is a lot to enjoy from the simplicity and overall throwback feel to Locked Down that provides a positive and hopeful experience.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It makes its own statement, and it does so with the level of maturity and succinctness that we've come to expect from Hecker, an artist who has well earned his place as a leader amongst his peers.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fucked Up actively refuse any sort of definition, and David Comes To Life proves that they're more than capable of shouldering that burden.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If any record of this relatively young year demands your full attention then Shaking the Habitual is it, as it opens up as a vast chasm of unexpected possibilities, and despite any possible subconscious misgivings, you’ll immediately want to jump in without thinking twice.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Keepers of the Light is as much of a singular expression of the hardcore continuum as it is an exploration of it, but maybe the best way to soak in its two and half hours is as a richly constructed sound world unto itself.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These tracks are sparse but airtight, haunting but unrelentingly gorgeous, both logical successors to the stunning second half of Aerial and completely unlike anything she's done.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    New Brigade is over in about 23 minutes, and each second feels well worth your time. Though the band can get sloppy at points, perhaps even a bit repetitive, Iceage have crafted some very memorable tracks here; and more than anything, New Brigade shows that this band has much more to offer in the future.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    We Stay Together is Andy Stott's second LP of 2011 and it's easily the heavier, more defined, and arguably better of the two.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Tunes are built slowly and satisfyingly, ebbing and flowing into oceans of ambient sound. Through these layers, though, shine frequent flashes of utter brilliance.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fleet Foxes have become a band who will not stop pushing, who will challenge themselves to avoid stagnancy, who will work with both their instruments and their minds. Because of that, the audience is able to reap the fruit and feast on it together.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Smother may lack the proper drive of Two Dancers, but it succeeds in whittling down what has become Wild Beasts' motif.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    While Artist Proof never quite lives up to the expectations of being a masterpiece, it is a great example of how the country rock genre developed in tandem with the folk scene.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While nearly everything else is still top tier pop music, but the Englishwoman leaves herself some room to grow. For now, Devotion is one the year's most promising debuts.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s rare to find a lyricist so honest and a vocalist so earnest, and when put into song it seems to Houck as if every word is vital and cathartic and necessary.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Old Ideas is not the man's latter-day masterpiece but its title is as bluntly honest as any you'll see this year, in more ways than one.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Where Music Has the Right seemed grounded in the real world (albeit a twisted recollection of such) and Geogaddi straddled the line between Star Wars and The Sandlot, Tomorrow’s Harvest finds the duo launching their sound into Lovecraftian orbit. And it sounds terrific.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Strange Mercy is the lonely next door neighbour who could be just as popular if only you took the time to get to know her. Instead she is left to turn introspectively, which might not produce quite so brilliantly chromatic stories, but they can be just as – if not more – compelling.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Dadub have crafted an LP with depth and subtle yet grand-scale dimension, adding another excellent release to the Stroboscopic Artefacts canon.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The resulting album is one that is deceptively simple, a send-up to the aggressive cultural awareness of old-school rap on the surface, filtered through a hundred different post-apocalyptic scenarios, musical and lyrical.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ocean Roar [is] a truly proper follow-up.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If, as the artist himself has recently hinted, Kaputt really does mark the end of Destroyer, then it succeeds as a triumphant swan-song.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There is much one could say about how this EP compares to Rossen's past projects since that's all he's delivered to us, but he deserves more than that after accomplishing a great EP by himself.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The album's relative indie rock minimalism stands out in stark contrast to many other bands who feel that this kind of straightforward approach is either too uninteresting or too tied to certain years in music.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If anything, Apollo Kids is the biggest reason to get excited about Ghost in years; putting out a seemingly rushed disc, he's outdone much of his recent work.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a high point in his already illustrious career; a labyrinthine and ultramodern take on hip-hop that will likely age like a Cabernet.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unpredictable it is not, but taken as a study of sound and mood, it’s kind of perfect.
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