Boston Globe's Scores

For 2,011 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 City of Refuge
Lowest review score: 10 Lulu
Score distribution:
2011 music reviews
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Chesney isn’t one to rest on his laurels, and his 17th album, Cosmic Hallelujah, bears that out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His second full-length, out today, is a mighty thing, every bit as turbulent and achingly defensive as Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Carnival Dreams, a worthy successor to Underwood's 6-million-selling debut, will surely install the blond belter from Checotah, Okla., on the crossover throne once occupied by Faith Hill and Shania Twain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Made in the Dark announces its intent early: it's straight electro, with a naked disdain for the minor key.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply Grand is an album whose charms are too subtle to catch on the first spin or third, but enough listens will make it clear that the album's title is nothing more than a statement of fact.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band does not so much make this record as keep it from flying apart. The intoxicating sound is matched with incisive word play, with the Felices using quirky laments and dark, urban poetry to bridge hillbilly and hipster.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s no slight to say there’s not much here beyond the classic songcraft, the splendor of their high-lonesome harmonies, and the way their guitars entwine and frame the songs so beautifully.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a reminder that no matter how badly you might think he behaves, Morrissey still does not mince words. And his music is vital because of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His formula-defying sixth record probably won’t provide his breakthrough [in the United States], but it’s an undeniable creative triumph.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its immediately recognizable debts, "Dance Mother" is something fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you prefer your pop preternaturally gleeful, Mika is your man. The Boy Who Knew Too Much, his second kaleidoscopic pile-up, is chock-full of bright, brash anthems.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stott doesn't just produce these tracks, he haunts their halls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleek and sophisticated, this third full-length careens from muscular blasts of ’80s guitar rock (“In the Wake of You”) to spectral ballads (“Are You Okay?”).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Levon Helm's "Midnight Rambles" in Woodstock, N.Y., have become nearly as legendary as Helm. Occasionally, he takes the party to larger venues, as evidenced by this fabulous live CD.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Church and his co-writers also shine as clever lyricists, making his formula-following peers sound even more generic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finn’s second solo album is packed with songs rich in street intelligence and wry humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A power-pop record that’s unfussy in its pursuit of jingle-jangle melodies and circular choruses that linger long after they’re over.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sounds like a recipe for a dozen buzz bands this year, but Atlas Sound transcends the fads. Melodies shine through like faint stars through the window.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of McLachlan's sonic trademarks are present and accounted for--dreamy keyboard washes, lilting rhythms, that angelic voice. They're combined with her raw emotion in a beguiling manner that ranges from ethereal to rollicking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Norwegian noise artist Lasse Marhaug producing, Hval walks a tightrope over melodic, sometimes lush pop music surrounded by dissonance straight out of a horror film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    On LP1, Stone mostly imbues her songs with passion and energy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wilson's voice has aged; once-effortless high notes stay out of reach. But like a hard-living blues diva who subs soul for sweetness, Wilson makes those whiskey tones work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no chart-baiting superstar guest vocalists or gimmicks, just gut-punching, funky, loose-limbed, rock 'n' soul jams recorded in down-and-dirty sessions without an inch of fat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the type of near-perfect, swooning synth-pop rush that Oakey was riding with the Human League in the ’80s.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    McCombs’s well-mannered missives certainly aren’t cheery, but they manage to stir up disarming warmth nonetheless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parker's compositions are not played as he intended (speedily, with torrents of notes); Lovano upends them, infusing them with modern sensibilities
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Robyn's detours from these tough-gal tunes that offer genuine surprises.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is assured and seductive, to the point that the despair underpinning so many of the songs isn’t immediately obvious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is an album that is every bit as engaging as ear-candy as humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eve
    The songs are crisp, uptempo, concise.