Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 348 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 25 Dr. Dee
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 348
348 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Siamese Dream has] more focused, sturdily constructed songs and even more fastidious production [than Gish].
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The word "cinematic" gets thrown around a lot in describing densely orchestrated music these days, but "Smile" was among the first albums to achieve that distinction in the rock era, conjuring movie-like images in the listener's mind with its vivid blend of instruments and sound effects (the crunch of vegetables, the tapping of nails, the riotous conversation of barnyard animals).
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Much of the album has that feel, a collision of grandeur and emptiness, a meditation on the disconnect between the artist's intent and the public's perception.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Channel Orange creates a state of mind with words and sound.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    ["Compton" has] one of the few predictable moments on an album that otherwise brims with comedy, complexity and the many voices in Kendrick Lamar's head.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its sweep across genres and eras is exactly the point. The time-traveling heroine of "The ArchAndroid" aims to uncover previously hidden points of harmony amid chaos. In this case, it's a big risk that brings big reward.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hunt's refusal to be pigeonholed killed his major-label career, but without bean-counters looking over his shoulder, he sounds frisky and playful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It makes for a raw, unsettling listen, tempered by shots of dark humor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If an album can be both chilling and beautiful at once, Undun is it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    All We Love We Leave Behind occupies the unruly intersection of metal, punk and progressive music, weeding out the weaknesses the band perceives in each genre and saving the good stuff for its rigorously constructed songs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even more so than its two predecessors, The Suburbs is an Arcade Fire album designed to be heard as a whole in a specific sequence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gish remains among the more sensual hard-rock albums of the decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For all its eccentric details and occasionally fractured flow, the songs brim with ecstatic blasts of saxophone and undulating waves of rhythm that suggest Afro-pop's endless groove.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In answer to the question posed by the album title, Van Etten's characters are still in transit, spinning their wheels, uncertain of their destination. No wonder their soundtrack brims with turbulence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The first half of the Roots' ninth studio album, How I Got Over, sounds like a hangover, a brooding meditation on a world teetering toward anarchy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The singer with the feathery falsetto creates a fluid, dreamscape environment that floats across eras with a connoisseur's discerning feel for the telling detail.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The legendary pianist sounds reinvigorated on "Locked Down" (Nonesuch), in part because he's not plugging into a formula, but animating it with some feisty new sidemen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whereas “10 Day” burst with callow exuberance, Acid Rap is a deeper, more emotionally complex work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In "Turn the Season," "Ship of Fools" and "Life in Paper," the guitars suggest a torrent busting through a dam, sweeping away all in its path. It's an exhilarating, engulfing sound that might've been better served by a more concise album. But then F Up never has been much for holding itself back.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's free of gimmicks (Hey, an R&B record without Auto-Tuned vocals!) or trendy producers (No Kanye, no Timbaland; instead, guitarist Hod David does most of the work). No wonder BLACKsummers'night walks its own confident path down the artier fringe of R&B.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In striving for more self-less version of self, Pecknold and his excellent band have made an album that embraces modesty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    His first album in four years and one of the best of his storied career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Still feisty after all these years, his entanglements with love and aging [are]documented with wicked wit and an attitude that is anything but sentimental.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Strange Mercy resonates as a strangely moving album about resilience. It's as messy as life often can be, ugly and beautiful all at once.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With R.A.P. Music he's added a must-hear chapter to the hip-hop bible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    She conveys toughness, tenderness and humor with off-handed conviction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Few artists create a tougher, colder world as convincingly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It in many ways is the most danceable LCD album yet, a celebration of losing yourself in semi-darkness and a sea of undulating bodies between the speaker cabinets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Together they create absorbingly terse songs, and prove that the indie-rock trend of minimalist, two-person bands still has some kick in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s music, fighting to be wild.