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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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Suck It And See is an almost seamless step forward, reaffirming the notion that the band's shelf life is probably much longer than initially estimated. More importantly, it proves they still have places to go.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    4
    So much talk of tempo and expectation must not overshadow the greatest triumph that 4 has to offer: progression.
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Hopefully Slave Ambient will do for The War On Drugs what Smoke Ring For My Halo did for Kurt Vile and place Adam Granduciel as one of the musicians with serious talent and songwriting acumen in modern indie rock.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The dead air that seemed to sometimes crop up previously has been filled or chopped out completely, creating a record with taut and purposeful momentum.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Here he has never sounded more confident and purposeful, building layered and incredibly rich compositions out of his blissful loops that more than justify the length they inhabit.
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    • 83 Metascore
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    By reaching every-damn-where he could, ASAP Rocky both sidesteps this pitfall and becomes one of the year's most exciting voices.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the more vocal complaints about The Weeknd's second mixtape was its lack of immediacy, which Echoes of Silence certainly outgrows.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tramp is simply her most fully-realized album yet, and that's all there is to it.
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Fin
    It has the potential to sidle next to records like Movements and We Are Monster as a genre classic, but it's just as assured to find a broader audience as well.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ssss is absorbing techno to listen to and proof that well written music outscores clever production tricks any day of the week.
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    • 81 Metascore
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    All ten of the songs here are grandiose and muscular in the great tradition of Spiritualized songs.
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    • 85 Metascore
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    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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    • 84 Metascore
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    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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Both in its challenging nature and its status as an emblem of everything that the Motion Sickness of Time Travel project has dealt in to date, it functions, without a doubt, as Evans most accomplished release of her career and one of the more accomplished ambient albums in recent memory.
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Life is Good the most exciting Nas album to come around since It Was Written.
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Shrines functions just fine as a collection of Purity Ring's work thus far, but it also functions as a singular, cohesive artistic statement, a capital-a Album, and that's much more rewarding.
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Nü Sensae are one of the most formidable punk outfits working right now and Sundowning is the work of a band whittling themselves down to occupy the very tip of fury.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out and relate, and it's this that makes such a heavy album so accessible and so resoundingly good.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    2
    2 finds Mac DeMarco growing as an artist, settling into a workman-like rhythm and puttering through some of the catchiest tracks of the year.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This kind of remaster campaign is normally reserved for albums that have had decades to sink into the national consciousness as is, introducing a shock-of-the-new, hearing-it-again-for-the-first-time element, and while the oldest of the Trilogy material has only been around for a year and a half or so, the differences in the new mixes can still be jarring.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Allelujah! seems more immediate and more organic, but instead of feeling blown away by it's unreachable drama and grandeur, with a decade of age behind us and the band, it feels inhabitable in a way Godspeed never has before.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With patience, Hummingbird's panorama comes into full view, and it is one full of arrestingly arranged set pieces and an impressive sense of economy.
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    • 80 Metascore
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    We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic delivers on the promise of Foxygen's previous material in almost every way possible, offering up full and complete songs filled with bright instrumentation and enough surprising songwriting turns to get lost in, but there's also a strong personality at its core bursting with a vibrancy that carries these songs beyond their specific musical waypoints and influences into a uniquely modern setting.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The record is patient and delicate, but Chung remains a constant if not aggressive presence within every track, imbuing each with immaculate detail.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yeah Right’s dual interests in songwriting and guitar explorations end up being its greatest strength.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    II
    The trance-like pace of II serves to reinforce the album rather than weaken it.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even without the context of her back catalog, these songs are strong in their own right.
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Iceage mine the clangorous middle ground between traditional punk structures and the often sterile world of Joy Division-indebted post-punk, but they transcend both of those genres, just by meaning what they say.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s not an album that immediately reveals itself, but when it lets you in it’s hard to find your way out.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Frank Ocean might have a gutsier pen game–and Usher more moves and Miguel more sex appeal--but 20/20 is easier to fall into a groove with than any of the best contemporary pop/R&B albums out right now.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nothing here is overtly thrilling but ultimately the record is a real joy to listen to.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Seabed is a luscious album that implores you to dive into the gorgeous depths of its sound and atmosphere.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While James Blake felt aloof, even ahuman, Overgrown is packed with feeling, and releases it with the smallest of gestures.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With additional help from fellow musician and frequent collaborator Justin Vernon (whose vocals are the only overdubbed aspect of the music), the songs on To See More Light are as devastatingly personal as they are emphatically otherworldly--inhuman sounding even. This stark dichotomy of sound and intent throws Stetson’s music into austere relief.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Thirty tracks and seventy-five minutes, Fabric 69 is a work of incredibly sturdy sonic architecture; it’s hardly inert or monotonous, yet at the same time it takes techno’s notion of repetition to what might be considered a logical extreme.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On MCII, it’s a dual-edged sword that he brandishes skillfully into a scintillating sophomore record, one stacked with some of the year’s best pop-rock tunes.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires of the City finds the band in both familiar and unfamiliar territory, and it’s pure pleasure hearing them navigate these waters.
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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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Abandon is one of the most cathartic, brutalizing, and beautiful experimental releases this or any year.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    [A] sprawling, at times impenetrable, but most outstandingly, engaging ramble.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nepenthe isn’t The Magic Place, but it certainly sounds like she’s found another special site of inspiration. Thankfully for us it’s just as prodigious and marvellous as anything else Barwick has put out before.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the triumvirate of googly-eyed rhythms, sinfully catchy melodies and a breeziness that seems only fitting, they’ve served up one of the most auspicious debuts of the year.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Let us hope this isn't a flash-in-the-pan success and that subsequent releases are just as good.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Where there was honesty in the lyricism of "Losing My Edge" in 2002, there is now sonic honesty in the vivacious rock and roll that is the London Sessions.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Though the album now comes with studio polish and masterful songwriting, W H O K I L L still feels like an underground tape, challenging the listeners with oddball melodic choices.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    W
    It is the inability to identify a precise sound, while all the while remaining consistent, that is W's greatest achievement, a notion as ambiguous and tempting as Rostron herself.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it might not be a more serious album than anything previous, but Shangri-La captures the spirit of uncertainty and restlessness that 21st century modernity has created.
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The songs are so masterfully constructed and the mood throughout so consistent that the key complaint must be that it has to inevitably come to an end; a sure-fire sign that an album is doing something right.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Dedication is not an easily accessible album, but I cannot think of any other experimental album that is. These types of albums become increasingly rewarding with every listen, and this is one that should be heard.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Electronic Dream concludes like it was only meant to be heard once and then remembered in scraps like its namesake, but, thankfully, its starts over as readily as it ends.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With Celestial Lineage Wolves in the Throne Room have managed to craft a seamless and moving record as well as exceed the potential they'd previously left unfulfilled.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you give the album the chance it deserves you will be rewarded by one of the strongest LPs you are likely to hear this year.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Immediately striking on Sepalcure is the grace and fluidity with which these songs are constructed. The album's fifty-one minutes fly the hell by at a breakneck downhill pace and while these songs are infinitely busy they never find themselves reaching or crowded.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The strongest album of their career thus far.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Without a dull moment in sight, Reep has succeeded in creating something of an ethereal masterpiece.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Italian duo have put together a timeless and beautiful dance record that slides easily to the top of 2012′s best.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    These twelve tracks are full, they're self-aware, they're straight up funny, and it's these traits that immediately separate Father John Misty's folk-rock from what Fleet Foxes do.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Absolutely perfect, sun-soaked pop.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    WIXIW is simply a Liars album that exceeds expectations and throws a sonic left curve that not only impresses, but reminds us how talented this band is.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    America is an album in two halves, once again separate but together, a side of individual tracks and a four-song suite that inform each other even as they generate tension by nature of their disparity.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While at this stage of his career a new Dylan release may only be heard by longtime listeners, it must be judged against all music. Even by such lofty standards, Tempest succeeds enormously, placing it not only in the upper half of Dylan's catalog, but also with the better submissions of 2012.
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Cut the World is compelling enough to change the way we appreciate the world and its sad beauty. There's simply nothing that sounds quite like this.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A tangled and glorious mess of aggressive glitches and clipped synths and stuttering beats and hints, shadows, and fragments of tunefulness.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    New Moon has extended the the group’s realization of their own freedom.
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    • 85 Metascore
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    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
    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
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    Kveikur is the band’s noisiest and most muscular record yet. The variety of experience it offers not just from Valtari, but from the band’s entire catalogue, means that it stands among their best.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s one of the young year’s best all-out rock records, the kind of fantastic full-length that some kid in a garage will one day look back to themselves, maybe when plugging that guitar in for the first time.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With these influences placed front and center in their tunes, Weekend runs the risk of being written off as a derivative clone; as a band more interested in replicating their heroes than building off the foundation they laid. Fortunately, Weekend has enough personality to ward off this unfair label.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While there may not be a song to soundtrack an Amazon advertisement in this bunch, it'll work nicely to soundtrack bleary summer nights–probably for years to come.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In contrast to the self-aware grandeur and show of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Quik's done much the same thing he did in '91: put out a great rap record, plain and simple.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Veering from their signature alt-folk ditties chronicling the immediacy of transference and love, The Errant Charm presents a dense rendering of that blissful numbness promised by a life of aloof detachment.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Goodbye Bread may not change the face of music, cause, y'know, it's only rock 'n roll. But it's damn hard not to like it.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In any case, Leave Home is no doubt one of the most gut-punched and brain-addled rock rock records to arrive in quite some time.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Heavy, lyrically well-tread and packing a mean proto-motorik groove, from start to finish it has an automotive heartbeat with both eyes on the horizon. It is the sound of Wooden Shjips finally bringing it on home.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As the record unravels those far-reaching human touches, supported by the more grounded electronic elements, become the emotional sticking point with a surprising amount of staying power.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Thursday continues a linear narrative that House of Balloons started and its far from an afterthought or epilogue.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Pinch & Shackleton stands as both artist's most accessible and perhaps best work.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Some might lament the lack of tension in this album, but when the music's this beautiful, who needs it?
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The only caveat to Themes is that its stark cohesion demands a single two hour sit-through to soak in the weight of its patient, holistic, slowly-unfolding approach.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Two of the more prolific musicians of our time have come together to put out eight interesting tracks.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The songs he thinks up are somehow both resonate and impossible to anticipate--old and new at once.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With Passage, Exitmusic has turned in one of the more ambition, evocative, and engaging efforts of 2012.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Handsome almost in spite of itself, The Idler Wheel is poignant, nuanced and quietly unforgettable.
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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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    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Total Nite comes less than a year on from Children of Desire and feels like a natural continuation of their sound.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Each track posseses different sounds, colours, styles and textures, but they combine to make an odd but strangely appealing whole.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is sound of two dons recognising their rightful place at the top of the summit, surveying their kingdom and proceeding to piss all over it. And it sounds fucking glorious.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This is the kind of album you just throw on to have fun. If anything, it proves My Chemical Romance don't need to be eccentric or theatrical to put out an enjoyable record.
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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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Yes, it's clearly obvious what Yuck's main influences are; they're placed very firmly on the band's sleeve. But with sounds that tie the band to modern indie as much as alt-rock, Yuck have crafted something incredibly refreshing, and more importantly, good.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    He remains an original, talented musician with his influences worn firmly on his sleeves; a contemporary proving that the past is still very much relevant.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Raekwon knows what he does best, and while this may not be as grand as his last, he does just that here, to the fullest.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Crystal Stilts find a way to make you care, though, and that goes along way with music this raw and rapturous.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The album is his most consistent and complete, finding room for singer-songwriter-type country, alt. country, harder rock and soul within a single record, while retaining a sense of direction and cohesiveness, as well as heart, soul and a satisfying emotional connection between artist and audience .
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Katy B shows she's a vital voice to the smaller UK bass scene and her pop imbued form of garage has enough substance and personality to back her play for something bigger.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Much closer to Z than Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket proves that a leap back can sometimes be a step in the right direction, even if we end up "right back in the same place that we started out."
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Thematically, Born This Way dances between fantasy and fiction and plays out like an autobiography; every track and moment weaved from the DNA and life of Gaga.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If they stick to the melodic folk at the core of their best songs, that fateful open-mic night could be the beginning of something really great.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Gloss Drop may be a less solid and coherent album than Mirrored, but it is still a remarkably promising follow-up. As always, the music is cerebral, engaging, technically stupefying, and utterly original.
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