Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,705 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 0.4 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:
1,705 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Layers of production can obscure the organic--or at least faux-organic--sounds of a ripping performance. That's not the case on the debut full-length album from French house duo Justice, whose complex, dark, and heavily pop-rock-influenced dance tracks span banging disco grooves to instrumental electro-funk space operas to minimalist hip-hop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finding Forever finds Common at his best lyrically, which means at his most basic, bending beats to fit his deliberate delivery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a dark, personal record that holds big promises for the future.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Almost every song is a gem, the lyrics thoughtful and melodies memorable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Seattle boy-girl duo of Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott fashions narcotic, melancholy pop songs that would make the band's influences proud (Neil Young and the Velvet Underground in its quieter moments chief among them).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though Khan's music is not yet as ambitious as [Kate] Bush's best work, it has enough arresting moments and unique beauty to suggest that Khan is an indie songwriter and chanteuse to watch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time, the energy is clear from the start, giving tracks like 'Heart It Races' and 'Lazy (Lazy)' the momentum to burst into the sonic equivalent of confetti.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a sophomore effort, Combinations makes for yet another strong debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her vivid miniatures of complicated intimacies and everyday inadequacies slip between the cracks of country, folk, and rock, and they're as graceful as they are unflinching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aesop's verbose mike heroics take center stage here, but there's ample creativity to be found in the tasteful and striking accompaniment as well.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are high-flying songs in search of a place to land, and the warmth and seeming innocence of Pfunder's voice combined with all the familiar electro-disco trappings make this a record worth hearing for anyone not ready to let the past go without a fight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Cold Cold Heaven,' the 15th--and last and best--track on "Mentor Tormentor is the kind of cozy hymnal Earlimart does best: a wash of strings, the major-key wail.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Using her piano, guitar, and rhythm tracks as both weapon and comforter, Nash skips lightly from ultra-contemporary hip-hop grooves to jaunty pop melodies that harken back to Motown and the Fab Four, all while retaining a keen lyrical eye for her own sense of joy, doubt, and power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a beautifully composed disc that Harper fans should love -- and it should also convince boomers, especially, that there's still great new music out there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Proof of Youth, the samples are made-to-order--Chuck D chips in on 'Flashlight Fight,' and Brazilian artist Marina Vello shows up on the riotous 'Titanic Vandalism.' Precious else has changed.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The production creates a Joe Henry feel of gently deconstructionist pop--warm and relaxed even as the instruments occasionally struggle against their leashes--giving the album's best material an extra spin.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bulk of the record follows suit, with straightforward club songs, none too obtuse.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is positively spectral, as if she's set up her sound board in the spaces where her absent lover, unborn child, and grandmother used to be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's made a better disc as he shows growth and depth. In a surprisingly obscenity-free set, Chamillionaire pays increased attention to the world and its contradictions while setting aim at those who have crossed him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Meanest is everything you want in a Murphys record and a great inauguration for the band's newly minted indie label, Born & Bred Records.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dave Grohl and company have assembled a strong assortment of the band's familiar, well-built tuneage, from muscular rockers and sinuous ballads to good-natured power-pop and riff-heavy radio anthems.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sincere, average-Joe appeal of Just Who I Am--the whole to which Chesney's various personas add up--will likely resonate with fans in the back row of the stadiums he favors, long after all of the records slide down the charts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The CD, recorded last spring, is a collection of tunes that sound more groovy than gritty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This trippy collection spans Brazilian Tropicalia, '60s psychedelia, classic rock, blissed-out pop, gospel, and a new genre that might be called Hebrew doo-wop--a ridiculous range of styles, but one that works under Banhart's expansive, expressive umbrella
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As on much of Magic, Springsteen leaves the interpretive driving up to the fan, offering his most straightforward rock music in years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fuller arrangements the whole package remains haunting: pristine on the surface with an uneasy core.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She applies her ever-mesmerizing mix of vocal heat and instrumental chill to images of longing, falling, searching, raging, and despair on her deeply emotional and soul-stirring fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cheeky, delirious romp that's rife with humor and originality, this debut channels the euphoric sound of an underdog finding his voice and gaining his glory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few can match the Weakerthans's lyrical ingenuity without succumbing to earnest excess, and the result is an at times wry, at times touching exploration of life's overlooked corners.