Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,809 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: 71
Highest review score: 100 City of Refuge
Lowest review score: 10 Lulu
Score distribution:
1,809 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thrilling and joyous, fierce and focused, the women sound like they’re having the time of their lives sinking their teeth back into the music together.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where “good kid” was a perceptive look at Lamar’s adolescence in a small part of Los Angeles, Butterfly is a weary assessment of his adulthood, and a world that’s bigger, more complex, and more flawed that he knew. If the albums share anything, it’s that they’re both cinematic. But the movie Lamar is shooting now puts the current era into a more fitting frame.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all of the gussy rhythms--which can stop just this side of overly cute--and legit power, there’s real subtlety at work, too, and in unlikely spots.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there are no obvious radio-ready hits on par with “Adorn,” his massive hit from 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dream,” there is something more potent in their place: a stone-cold classic not tethered to time, genre, or expectations.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quieter but equally captivating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While drummer Mikkey Dee shines on an unexpected cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” That efficient if unspectacular borrowing aside, this potent record ranks among the year’s best.
    • 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.’’
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike previous efforts at stylistic hop-scotch, "Phantom Punch" is Lerche's most comfortable album since "Faces Down."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twee or not, there is a brilliant simplicity to Svanangen's music, though the tunes are never sparse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, the alt-country singer-songwriter’s gifts of soul mining are so acute that the songs — inspired by her mother’s passing and a wrenching breakup — enrich as well as exhaust, and engender cautious optimism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call it emo for adults.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album casts the duo in a new light that may not quite eclipse their former work, but it has set them well on their way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is sophisticated and layered with deft orchestration. And yet, the band's songwriting and delivery display an earnestness and lack of pretension that's pure rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leo manages to skip from tender, unadorned romantic pop crooning to full-throttle punk yowling to Celtic-flavored folk-rock without losing the listener, the beat, or the message.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music can be enjoyed apart from the story, but either way, this is a must-have for true Cooder fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rarely has spilling one's heart been such a colorful affair.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Cassadaga"... delivers on the wildly unlikely promise that very young, very gifted artists can grow up without losing their balance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    "23" furthers the group's recent fascination with a sleeker presentation that favors sheen over squall.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Captivating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forget about the dreaded decline. Arctic Monkeys have moved from their alarmingly evolved infancy into rock toddlerhood with glibness, swagger, and whip-smart songs intact.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's classic Nine Inch Nails with a few extra-disturbing flourishes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grand conceit aside, "American Doll Posse" is a great art-pop album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amazingly, "Beyond" picks up where 1988's "Bug" left off, with only slightly more streamlined polish but with the old love of volume and excess still sweetly intact.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They take prime garage rock and global beats from past works and flirtatiously commingle them to craft a gossamer rock - steady creation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from a compilation of rough mixes and rejects, any of the songs on this disc -- as spare in sound as they are elegant in form -- would have fit beautifully on a mid-'90s Elliott Smith album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fantastic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Together, they have their tricky, intricate flow intact, and the songs are supremely melodic, sharply arranged to remind you of how tuneful and infectious hip-hop can be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With nothing particularly unusual to recommend, non-fans will miss out on yet another in a long string of superb collections.