Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,810 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:
1,810 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With each new release, its sound becomes more polished, and Last Light finds a groove between a radio-ready opus and an experimental jumble.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The driving finale, 'Home,' finds her asserting, "Let's live in the glory," and hitting a magnificent buoyant piano bridge that says as much.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In Rainbows is a wonderful, absorbing album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With such a sweeping sonic palette, it's a pleasant surprise that the record doesn't crumble under its own auspices.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The veteran rock 'n' roller manages a few neat tricks on this sprawling head-spinner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album as lean, mean, and gritty as the cover image of someone behind a steering wheel, peering into the rearview mirror with windshield wipers in motion.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Raising Sand is the stuff of which music lovers' dreams are made: an unexpected collision of two distinct but complementary worlds that transcend the sum of their parts to create something unique and mesmerizing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The crowning achievement, though, comes with a fantastic slice of raw Southern soul, 'Humble Me,' that sounds like it came straight out of Muscle Shoals circa 1969.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are surprisingly encouraging. Flavor Flav, having been turned by VH1 into even more of a caricature (if possible) than he already was, reminds PE fans that he is still a competent and efficient hypeman, and Chuck D sounds angrier and rawer than he has in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's Gothic-tinged Americana is an uneasy road but blazes a trail worth exploring, one that is more about the journey and not so much about the destination.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Harte infuses much of the record with the chopped-up high-hat propulsion of DFA-style dance-floor abandon that makes studying your history a lot of fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though she doesn't get the same kind of attention as some of her peers do, Angie Stone is a supreme talent, and this album really shows it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 15 tracks on The Real Thing feature a slew of styles and producers--among them Scott Storch (DMX, 50 Cent), Adam Blackstone (the Roots), Om'Mas Keith (Jay-Z), and Shafiq Husayn (Jurassic 5)--all gathered in pursuit of a mission outlined on the album's gorgeous, abstract opener, a meditation on open-mindedness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Together, the EPs form a beautiful post-rock symphony, topped by singer and guitarist Jonsi Birgisson's simultaneously naive and profound singing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there was ever a record created to turn a pop singer into a star, it's Brown's sophomore effort.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His dance-pop tunes are surprisingly fresh and emotionally meaty, without a hint of complacency.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band is clearly comfortable with the medium that it occupies between aggressive and technical post-hardcore yet is beginning to tread new territory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Save the Four Tops medley there has yet to be a match for Levi Stubbs--the Boyz sound as strong and harmonious as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't new territory for Ghostface, and it's something of a marvel that his signature narrative style still feels fresh on his seventh solo outing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tracks are impeccably manicured, super-tuneful, and offer lyrics about the various agonies and ecstasies of love that are unremarkable in and of themselves but reach nuclear-threat levels of desperation thanks to Lewis's voice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fiasco builds on that promise [in "Food & Liquuor"] exponentially with the triumphant Cool, which gets extra style points for bringing back the idea of the headphones hip-hop album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Distortion isn't an easy listen, with its strict, difficult palette. But it's an endlessly fascinating and provocative one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some People Have Real Problems reveals the other Sia: plucky, bubbly, and growling purposefully through assertive pop songs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BSP has backed up its postured oddities and idiosyncrasies with a new raison d'ĂȘtre: to deliver the true stuff of rock 'n' roll.