Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,622 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 1622
1,622 music reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of all, the music packs as much punch as ever--and more variety, as Staind sometimes departs from its rock-metal power ballads for tunes that suggest Pink Floyd and even Brit band Oasis in the chiming-guitar pop of 'All I Want.'
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apollo Sunshine still aspires to create a self-contained immersion experience, an attitude that, more than any particular strain of their dabbling, makes the band a welcome kind of happening.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Invisible Cinema is the opposite of a silent film. The soundtrack is provided; the listener brings the visuals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Baez has never sounded wiser, or more deeply human.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Building on a foundation of shameless proto-gangsta synths and witty but under-enunciated lyrics, Fujiya & Miyagi makes party music that is fresh but not (that) foolish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's that sprawling sense of humanity that makes Dear Science such a rich listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gift of Screws is only his fifth solo record. Perhaps that's why the singer and guitarist (who turns 60 next month) still sounds so vital and passionate, especially on the voluptuous, opening songs 'Great Day' and 'Time Precious Time,' where his luminescent riffs and nimble finger-picking shine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is both surprising and remarkable, then, is how unflinchingly direct, bracingly unfiltered, and wholly intimate the new album, which is out today, sounds and feels.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On his latest effort, Saadiq creates a seamless, supremely melodic set that evokes '60s and '70s soul.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exit, which was mixed and recorded on a laptop, using a popular program called Pro Tools, is a tribute to the unexpected beauty of everyday things.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it has in common with its superb predecessors is Lewis's invaluable understanding of what works for her.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Paper Trail tops them both [previous two albums] simply by being content driven, from the plot to the refined delivery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His dry, enunciative singing style still achieve a remarkable combination of pretension and playfulness. Lambchop may be evolving, but its capacity for sounding like nothing else remains intact.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no "eureka" moments on Offend Maggie but plenty of small epiphanies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a musician as important as Bob Dylan, our appetite for fresh material and new insights is as deep as the artist's song trove, and Tell Tale Signs, the eighth installment of the songwriter's Bootleg Series, is a feast for casual fans and Dylanologists alike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a surprise and a thrill to hear that even as the band enters its "artsy" phase--expanding its instrumental palette to include mewling saws and clattering percussion--the songs remain uniformly excellent from stem to stern.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The intense and intensely bearded Maine singer-songwriter showcases a lighter side on his superbly crafted third disc.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In other words, Black Ice is a quintessential, if not exactly essential, AC/DC album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Womack retains some of that homespun charm on this quietly contemplative new album out today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pink continues to make everything she touches her own. She uses brains and brawn to turn the mainstream into a complicated place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If only a few of the tracks rise to the greatest heights of which Adams is capable--like the poignant closing salute to sobriety, 'Stop'--the rest remain impressive pictures of craftsmanship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen a little closer to the sly, snarky lyrics and glam grooves on this feisty debut and you'll hear that this former downtown New York spice girl has at least a few things on her dirty mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The disc is an affirmation that life, and hip-hop, can indeed get better.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an exhilarating album. Seriously, after finally hearing these 14 tracks in their finished form I was so energized I wanted to climb a mountain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's 18--wide-eyed, naive, hopeful--and that's how she sounds on Fearless, her superb new album.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What has marked Tracy Chapman's work over the course of her two-decade career is her emotional intensity and clarity of vision, and both are in evidence on this fine new disc, her first in three years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's taken nine years and two tries, but Dido has finally given her debut the follow-up it deserves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This collection of live radio performances from the band's early years is like a letter from an old friend long delayed in the post.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with his bandmates and producer Stuart Price, Flowers makes sure that Day & Age rarely veers from the not insignificant mission of making a record that simply sounds good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even Spike Lee appears to show he got game. All this would be distracting if the 14 tracks weren't so darn good. Luda's lyrics are so sharp and supremely witty throughout.