Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 442 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Undun
Lowest review score: 25 Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 442
442 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's a hint of what may come, a bridge to something greater than this first, tentative attempt at a more ornate sound.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Mostly, this is Albarn making one for the headphone-obsessed in his fan base, a soundtrack for kicking back in the back seat and watching the world drift past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    When Zonoscope sticks to concise songcraft, it's a satisfying, if sometimes trifling, pleasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Harvey doesn't preach, she merely describes, the lilting voice and the light melodies creating a surreal backdrop for mayhem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The new Radiohead never resolves the friction between the physical freedom of dance music and the carefully constructed architecture of more insular, inward looking art-pop.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Its best music shows what it might have been. The rest feels more like an obligation reluctantly met, a difficult bridge to the next phase of Lupe Fiasco's career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    If nothing else, Angles makes it impossible to predict where the Strokes will go next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    On Blood Pressures, the fourth studio album from singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince, the duo adds a few twists to the formula.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Outside of that immaculate first album, the Cars always made better singles anyway, and that's still true here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It all sounds a little off, at times broken or aggressively annoying, an intentionally wobbly frame around an imagination that's churning at 1000 miles an hour. Call it avant-garde at your own risk, but at times this music has as much in common with electro-punk as it does hip-hop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Though My Morning Jacket has been one of the most consistently brilliant live bands of the last decade, its studio albums remain hit-and-miss. Circuital is no exception.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It is the sound of a major artist sprinting to please everyone all the time – and even a pop star as inclusive as Gaga can't pull that off.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The sound is a good deal plusher, the arrangements thickened with pedal steel, saxophone, horns, percussion. But Vernon still sounds like he's back in that Wisconsin cabin that birthed "Emma."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
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    She reportedly considered 70-plus songs and hired a variety of collaborators, ranging from Babyface to M.I.A. producer Switch, and yet the album feels skimpy, half-finished.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It makes for a solid if unremarkable follow-up, the kind of release that buys a little more time for the Cool Kids to live up to their original promise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Though Morello's blunt originals don't leave much room for poetry or subtlety, hearing him perform "Union Song" at the Madison rally invokes a certain rabble-rousing spirit that Billy Bragg surely would recognize.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Shadow also flirts with more conventional songs, putting vocalists at the forefront of "I've Been Trying" and "Sad and Lonely" with acceptable if hardly transcendent results. But when he focuses on dark, shape-shifting mood pieces ("Tedium," "Circular Logic," "Enemy Lines") he remains unmatched.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    [In the live arrangements] she sounds like a background vocalist thrust into the spotlight against her will. The real attractions are seven studio tracks, including a handful of leftovers from her "IRM" Beck sessions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The Hold Steady is all about bombast and getting bombed. Clear Heart Full Eyes is about the morning after, and everything's a blur.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The boys with crow's feet and bum hips have made an album that speaks to the inner 16-year-old of their audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    For the Shins major-label debut, he [James Mercer] has enlisted pop producer Greg Kurstin (who has worked with everyone from Kesha to Beck) to sharpen, polish and broaden the sound, and the results are decidely mixed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The potential sparks that one expects from such a pairing take a while to ignite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It adds up to an album that presents a fluffier version of an already pillow-soft sound.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Most of the rest holds up as credible but hardly ground-breaking pop-rock, an album that proves Garbage still exists even if it hasn't necessarily come up with any new tricks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    With this less melodramatic, late-period Dance Can Dance, the finer things are encoded in the details.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's not the left-field pop classic she seems capable of one day creating, but it also contains a handful of tracks that laser in on exactly what she does best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The guitarist's musical openness is admirable. But Blak and Blu sounds like he's just trying on different styles
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Talk about a mixed message. Even Rihanna sounds confused.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Shields and his bandmates have made a transitional album, one that nods to the band’s storied peak but winds up heading in a new direction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    As technical achievement, Amok is an amazing album in many ways. As a collection of songs, it’s as slippery as its rhythms.