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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Remedy
Lowest review score: 10 Bizzar/Bizaar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 421
421 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remedy is not only the best dance record of the year, but maybe one of the best ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dolly Parton has at last returned to her musical home and, boy, are the neighbors ever grateful. That "home," of course, is Kentucky bluegrass music and the melancholy acoustic strains of the Appalachian Mountains.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The essential internationalism that characterizes this global showcase of a disc is mind-blowing in both scope and quality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly his most personal record, arguably his best.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spoon's 1998 album, A Series of Sneaks, was a near-perfect blend of elementary rock, sharp lyrics, and hooky melodies. On the band's just-released follow-up album, Girls Can Tell, the group manages to build upon the greatness of its previous effort.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mogwai has moved past relying on Slint-like soft/loud dynamics to get attention. Now it garners attention for the detail of its songwriting, the majority of which can now be heard without turning the volume to 11, only to receive a rude awakening at the crescendo.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly superb and definitive record...
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thievery Corporation sets a new standard in the downbeat discography.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the stuff of pure comic genius.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout, the music (produced almost exclusively by the group and its DJ) shines with the glint of successful experimentation. However, it never outshines the words, which is where the group has as much to offer, if not more so.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A 72-minute haul into a cold, stirring, private space where the post-punk isolation of Joy Division is redefined and softened with mesmerizing doses of melody and romantic longing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely does a relative unknown come across with an album as fiercely confident and fully formed as this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most stunning and gorgeous records of this young decade.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A reaffirming celebration of small details.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Standards, Tortoise takes the listener on mini-journeys into sound that alternately shimmer, contort, seduce, and confound...
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His most ambitious collection of songs to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although they were written as early as 1996 and recorded in 1997-98, the songs on Old Ramon (like most Red House Painters material) have a timeless, dreamy quality to them that prevent them from sounding stale. An album this beautiful can never come too late.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OST
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?, features some of the finest bluegrass and old-school twang to be assembled in one place in recent memory. Put together by a team that includes production maestro T-Bone Burnett and singer Gillian Welch, O Brother is carefully -- almost encyclopedically -- compiled, with an emphasis on the sort of gospel-like, acoustic-and-harmony-reliant country once popularized by the Carter Family and other such groups.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The merely wonderful arrangements pale next to the songs themselves.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Might already have an inside shot to be the best record of 2002 here in the states.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Formula or not, with Invincible, Jackson reclaims his pop crown and wears it well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The aptly titled Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea plays like an almanac of her adventures of the past few years, and reflects a newfound sense of self. Her songs once again reek of sexuality -- sometimes frustrated, sometimes satisfied -- resulting in alternating episodes of blistering, trashy, gutter guitar rock, and keyboard ballads of sheer melodic grace. She also reveals a greater command of her vocal abilities (with all the shrieks now in just the right places), and inspired new lyrical dashes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both sober and celebratory, The Rising makes a strong case for the transcending power of rock and roll.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Low has crafted a recording that exceeds its own high standards of creativity, harmony, and subtlety.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Vespertine, Bjork has constructed a whispering wall of wonders, and instead of forcing everyone out, has invited the world to look through the cracks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her sharpest offering yet, and one of the better live albums in recent memory.