CDNow's Scores

  • Music
For 421 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Remedy
Lowest review score: 10 Bizzar/Bizaar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 421
421 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly superb and definitive record...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The group studiously avoids the hackneyed synth-slabs that propelled their ascent up the hip-hop production ranks. In doing so they reveal an unforeseen musical sophistication, healthily cleansing themselves of all familiar bling-bling excesses, and reinventing themselves by delving into the realm of live instrumentation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still walking that tightrope between seductive soul and fearsome BPM counts, Size and crew grab you by the earlobe and drag you along, whether you like it or not. This time, though, they've polished their sound to a liquid smoothness and brought some friends along, namely Method Man and Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha.... At a time when drum-and-bass has lost its momentum and focus, In the Mode glimmers with brilliance simply because it's everything that drum-and-bass isn't.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's sort of beautiful in its ugliness, a metal record lovingly buffeted by details and white noise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most stunning and gorgeous records of this young decade.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the stuff of pure comic genius.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Good the Bad and the Funky is the first new album from the Tom Tom Club in eight years, and it's absolutely remarkable. Not only does it stand up to any of their previous releases, it may just be their best, most focused work ever -- and that's a lot to live up to, given the band's history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tunes here are full of immediately memorable, if not obvious, hooks, and the vocals capture a tenderness and vulnerability he's never before revealed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The effect of the combination of all these elements is stunning and profound, and ranks among Waits' finest albums, albeit his most depressing by a long shot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wicked Grin is a rousingly successful experiment. The album's best moments equal -- and often surpass -- anything in both artists' consistently creative careers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the big Wu dogs are here -- Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Genius, etc. -- and it sounds like they've been sharpening their skills like knives. They toss rhymes back and forth with the precision of a machine -- they're so good it's almost scary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His most ambitious collection of songs to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A reaffirming celebration of small details.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An optimistic-feeling, playful record that recalls the jazzy-edged sunshine and beat pop of the '60s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cuttin' Heads whizzes by in just under 40 minutes, with ridiculously charming acoustic pop, Latin-flavored sizzlers, and menacing love songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans might finally have a proper companion to the arena-in-my-closet-rock of '95's Alien Lanes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with any classic live album worth its audio sweetening (Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, Kiss Alive), the imperfections are part of the deal. A raw-throated Liam sounds like he's clawing to hit each note, but he's still got enough in the tank to spout off between songs. Much of the charm lies in the dysfunctional Gallaghers' homage to rock's majesty, be it Noel's Lennon-worship in "Don't Look Back in Anger," or the nod to Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" at the end of "Cigarettes & Alcohol."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the "experimental" tracks like the humorous "Hey Sexy Lady," laced with mariachi trumpet, flamenco guitar, and castanets, and the bubbly old school reggae-country hybrid "We Are the One" that elevate Lucky Day to higher ground.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully constructed pop songs, reminiscent at times of the Go Betweens, the Red House Painters, and even Brian Wilson in his more ambient mode. Broken by Whispers is a quiet album, then, but its intelligence, taste, and daring vulnerability hit hard -- whispers with all the impact of screams.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Love and Theft is a strange trip through Dylan's personal relationship with the blues, whether it's the silly story-song "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum," the mandolin lament "Mississippi," or the solid blues-rock of "Lonesome Days Blues" and "Summer Days."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record that's certain to be name-checked by pop savants 20 years from now.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of her three post-"comeback" albums, it is the closest in spirit to her '70s work. And not coincidentally, it may be her best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Covers Record is for the daring music fan; Marshall's quiet journey and its rich, emotional rewards are not for the faint of heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Let It Come Down, might well contain the most potent feel-good music he's yet crafted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Time -- and a bigger production budget -- has lost Creeper Lagoon's fuzzy, scatty edge to a fuller, more cohesive sound.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The words are now injected with a new industrial strength venom that make the last album seem like Hanson's Christmas disc.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good chunk of soulful melody tinged with delightful, lackadaisical vocals and reggae vibrations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As someone previously known to wallow in her torment on occasion, Etheridge has found with her seventh studio release a newfound maturity that bodes well for both her emotional and musical future.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's still lots of the nasty, freaky humor and grimy lyrics that make Ludacris so much fun.