Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,586 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 City of Refuge
Lowest review score: 10 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1586
1,586 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where In Rainbows was mellow but brisk - an album that felt on its way somewhere - these songs are eerie and insidious, creeping like shadows - and, often because of the haunting voice of Thom Yorke, the occasional chill.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is Vile's best record to date, an idiosyncratic amalgam of intimate performance and communal expression - and one that continues to reveal new layers upon repeated listens.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add in a clutch of terrific songs that perfectly balance leader Grohl's gift for pairing earworm melodies with both chunky power-pop guitars and thrashy screamers and you've got the most vital, stem-to-stern enjoyable Foo Fighters album in quite some time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Steve Earle's stellar new album, produced by T Bone Burnett, takes its name from the final Hank Williams single (as does the multitalented Earle's debut novel, out next month).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great, and only, disappointment with Rome is that once you've heard the album, you'll want to watch the movie it accompanies. Except there is no movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Emma" was gorgeous in its austerity, but its follow-up is staggering for its vision. Bon Iver's self-titled sophomore release will go down as one of this year's most arresting albums, drunk on its own impressionistic charms and oblivious to anyone's expectations but Vernon's.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a stunning achievement in contemporary pop. Yet, unlike so much of contemporary pop, it's timeless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His latest is the closest he has come to making a masterpiece in a very long time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a stunning reboot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A set of 12 songs overflowing with bile and sonic invention.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apple has been here before, but it makes her new album no less arresting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Way Down Low, is one of the greatest vocal albums I've ever heard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sun
    Ripe with propulsive tempos, drum machines, and electronic embellishments, the album sounds like nothing else she's ever done.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Compton MC's long-awaited major label debut is a breakthrough, as he both resurrects and reinvents West Coast hip-hop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sensual song suite about the ephemeral nature of love and what it takes to sustain happiness should end up among this year’s finest efforts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While outstanding songs ("The Catastrophe") stand on their own, this is a song cycle that demands to be absorbed whole.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trouble Will Find Me is the Brooklyn, N.Y., indie-rock band’s sixth and most deft album yet, a haunted and lugubrious meditation on loss and despair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tomorrow’s Harvest is as strong a return to form as it is stunning an update, with the Scottish duo refining their blend of nostalgic sonics and futuristic sheen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a brave account of how you can fall out of love just as easily as you fell in. Like the first blush of a new romance, it is intoxicating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With eight songs that unfurl to 40 minutes, it’s impeccably crafted and plays off a mercurial tension between Callahan’s voice--a parched yet resonant baritone--and the lush arrangements that envelop it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pusha T is at the top of his game with sharply defined autobiographical tales and defiant, self-aware verses. He often dazzles with his smooth, cold-blooded flow and connects on virtually every song.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is no mere rehash. If anything, the sequel is more intense than the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s among her finest work in a 35-year career, assured and at ease, and one of 2014’s first great albums.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heard in its complete, unruly, sometimes crazed glory, Miles at the Fillmore shows just how furious the evolutionary pace of his music was at this point.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a tour de force. The work’s relentless, odd-accented, propulsive rhythms are a perfect fit for this band.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The highs wouldn’t feel so high without the lows here, which is a regular trope of the genre; but as with all tropes, execution trumps invention, and the Hotelier executes exceptionally.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slavishly downbeat, it burrows even deeper into Del Rey’s torchy sensibility and rarely breaks its spell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harcourt's fourth album certifies his musical genius with songs that are catchy enough to be plastered all over the summer airwaves, bathing us in sweeping melodies and infectious beats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These gauzy songs are an ideal fit for Gainsbourg's dreamy, impossibly light voice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A collection of songs that proves nearly as personal, as socially aware, and as deft at intertwining the two, as was Pulp’s 1998 opus, ‘‘This Is Hardcore.’’