Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,193 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Spiderland [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 10 Electra Heart
Score distribution:
1,193 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Earthy, enigmatic and possessed of a refreshing lightness of touch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This time, the concept of political awareness reigns supreme, accompanied by some funkadelicious licks from The Roots' guitarist Capt. Kirk.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has to be said that, considering how Nick Hornby is credited with writing all of the lyrics here, the usual Ben Folds key words are present and there's only so much 'bastard', 'shit' and 'fucking' I can take. Despite this concern, as well as being Folds' most musically accomplished outing since going solo, it does feature the magnificent phrase, "some guy on the net thinks I suck and he should know; he's got his own blog."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A gentle and mellifluous set of songs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps surprisingly, Adrian Thaws' Tricky schtick has yet to get old, with the only missteps on this, his ninth, album arriving when he conforms to, rather than resists, convention. Where it's good however, it's superfly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Swanlights is less straightforward than his other records and more operatic. It's still astonishingly beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Hundred In Hands manage to create mesmeric tracks of monolithic noise and danceable beat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's enough promise and originality within the current scene to merit considerable credibility.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Godfather of cool retains his title!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like a virus-ridden PC vainly trying to upload lovelorn messages over dial-up to its neglectful owner, this side-stepping of the usual Hyperdub format is most welcome. We want more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Things move from melodic ambience to galloping sci-fi workouts and back again, the highlight being the sublime 'Emerald And Stone'.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The melodies are subtle, avoiding reaching out to over-commerciality in pursuit of reward. That may be the downfall of course, which would be a travesty, as this is an intellectual and brave progression.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So, while Robyn shows that her body can certainly do the talking, when it comes to walking the walk she's prone to stumbling in directions she should avoid.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a stand-alone album, what Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have created won't sate the disco heads screaming for more club material, however as an accomplished score it can only make a legendary film yet more cherished.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Splicing the spirit of ancient Viking alcoholics with some red-hot Jamaican jah, BSP are finally having fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This, their second has already topped the charts over in the US. Why? Well, it's exuberant, bratty and crushingly relentless.er been so fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This latest offering is a finessed folk-rock record to bring a little taste of long summer evening drives to the glacial January gloom.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dominated by Satomi Matsuzaki's cute vocals, this is might be a laid-back record, but it's still one that's wonderfully challenging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This Party succeeds in merely rejuvenating, rather than reinventing, wonderful Wanda.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their subtle blend of kraut-funk, atmospherics and hushed vocals works, but at points several tracks pass by and you realise you haven't noticed anything.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They've mastered the anthemic choruses; all they need to work on now is the consistency.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all the PJ Harvey comparisons Calvi will inevitably attract this record is more alternative cabaret than gothic melodrama -- and much better for it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yuck is a satisfyingly catchy re-enactment of what would happen if J.Mascis, Kim Gordon and James Iha had formed an early Pavement tribute band.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quick on the draw, Beans bosses a bite-sized blitz of syllable practice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is a promising sweet-treat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still confused but back on form, The Streets' final album (Skinner wants to make a film) sees a return to garage beats and square-eyed observations from a life staring at pixels on screens.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While these musicians have no problem coming together to craft a solid, emotional record, the sound is far from being their own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fragile but far from frail.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Delicacies proves that this aging duo still have the fire in the belly of their hard drive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beady Eye are at the beginning of their own musical adventure - DG,SS, though hardly full of surprises, is a compelling way to start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a solid and honourable return for a singer who has rarely disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To the uninitiated, this kind of '70s-inspired thrum-rock might sound a bit AOR, but given time it reveals its nuances, placing Vile somewhere between a rougher-edged M. Ward and a bluesy Ariel Pink.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And my sixteen-year-old-self waits with baited-breath, wracked with the same nervous excitement I had a decade ago except this time, there's anticipation and expectation, justification, even, for an album I've waited almost half my life for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Over the course of the album, the grandiosity gets wearying, and Jamie Sutherland occasionally sounds like Vic Reeves in full club singer mode. But, at its best, Let Me Come Home is a thing of troubled beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A sobering state of the world address spoken with street eloquence and education, W.A.R. resumes Pharoahe's talismanic dictation above a packed battalion of guests as a failsafe spectacle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not so much Teenage Fanclub as 'Loveless'-era MBV meets classic Cure at their poppiest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's potential here--let's not entrust the future of rock to them just yet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even after several listens there's little here to really strike a chord with the long-standing Foos fan. That's not to say it's poor - it's far from that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heartfelt and compelling, with Jones nurturing every last drop of creative sweat, Until Spring is a romantically epic album, lovingly pieced together by a compelling band.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An expansive work that fills no niche.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Scrappy but charming, Times New Viking's fifth album shows their dirty sound scrubs up nicely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cat's Eyes is an impressive first outing full of sensuous dreamy atmosphere. Worthy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While there is nothing here as magically refined as 'Made-Up Love Song #43', and Dangerfield's lyrics sometimes veer into fromage-land, Walk The River represents a must-have for those with pop tastes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wistful and plaintive, solemn yet blissful, these are songs from another time - if not another planet - and their mesmerising melodies have the powerful ability to transport you, temporally and spatially, into the band's anachronistic, peaceful, eternal summer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The net result, a tapestry through dark alleys and along river banks, makes for an entertaining listening journey.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is labour intensive listening, but hard work reaps rewards. A gnomic, genre-busting album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A credible effort though, with enough promise to merit an investment of anticipation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no reaching out to new audiences here nor attempts to break ground, just an accessible expression by an artist with the freedom to do just that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Boxcutter flirts competently with funky house ('Zabriskie Disco'), UKG ('Moon Pupils') and even mid-'80s funk ('TV Troubles'), all showcasing his deft and malleable production styles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heartfelt, impassioned and sincere, Mona are reaching for the skies--and taking you with them!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While that constant jollity could become irritating, it manages instead to be endearing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The heavier, dirtier mood suits these Pirates--the spirit of 1979 burns bright.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The punchy indie exuberance pervading this record is its calling card but beneath the surface there's a whole lot more going on.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another truckload of ear-boxing drum kicks and chunky basses offer the same unflustered technicality and stewardship as Unbalance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's so steeped in New York's musical cliche of disco and glammed-up dance that it struggles to take flight under its own power.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans may miss Wolf's habitual genre-hopping and eccentricity, but this is mature and compelling stuff. His best so far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Utterly lovely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't like vocal dance music, if you're going off funky or you don't like a bloke playing live behind a faux-Polynesian tribal mask then avoid. Otherwise SBTRKT will delight the droves of bass fanatics that want something a little more sophisticated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dedication will raise more questions than provide answers. Exactly the 'out of the palm' manoeuvre Zomby wants you to eat from.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The only shortcoming is that Machinedrum lacks a definitive singular angle, making him amongst the frontrunners of dubstep/juke interpretation, but not quite ahead of the pack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Far from breaking new ground, Through The Green is still standing on top of the hill revelling in the view, yet when you've got this much groove you don't need to prove much.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result is a joyous and soulful collection of summery pop songs and urgent sun-drenched ditties that grow with you over time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure, the combination of digital bleepage and raaawk! is nothing new, but few electronic bands have rocked quite so hard as these guys do.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans looking for a haphazard exercise in DIY should revisit the band's earlier effort, but will nonetheless be greatly rewarded by this deftly crafted slacker opus.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not a difficult or aloof album, but there is a cool precision that feels different to the choppy punkiness of old.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing here for the existing fan base but enough to entice new arrivals and strong enough to furnish a fresh interest from them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A quiet, understated triumph.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a clearly dynamism between the couple, resulting in a unified performance and all that lets them down is a weakness in some of the songs, where a greater commercial edge might have initiated more interest. Sophisticated Steel City pop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love Kasabian you might think Velociraptor! is a 9/10 album, but for the rest of us it's a salt-seasoned, Spielberg-sponsored 7/10.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given time, it's enjoyably addictive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here they've created a retro cinema soundtrack to an '80s sci-fi romance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His voice is something of an acquired taste but, this minor caveat aside, The Year Of Hibernation is a genuinely unique debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Connecticut trio boasts former Lauren Hill and Alicia Keys touring band members--guaranteeing The Stepkids is as tight as it is lovingly reverential.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Trans-Love Energies is a master-class of pulsating euphoric electronica from one of the dance fraternity's true pioneers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Definitely for the faint-hearted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Carrier isn't necessarily a victory for versatility or enigma variations, more the sound of Sully helping himself to bass culture's wide open buffet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After the impulsive creativity of Logos, Parallax, by contrast, is a much more refined listen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Building shifting ambient electronic compositions, there's no easy way into his world and Replica is a brooding testament to patience and investment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's still not enough testosterone on display for it to count as one of their very best, but it's not half bad.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The pace is infectious and small helpings will sweeten your day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The second album from this mysterious French/Finnish indie-folk duo is every bit as eclectic and unexpected as the first.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Consistently surprising, fanciful and varied, each genre flip, from pop, dub and hip-hop to rap is traversed with ease.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not an unqualified success but worth your consideration.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Virtually every track stands alone fine. But listened to as an album, it's repetitive and numbing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's upbeat, unusual and accomplished, an Asian rock 'n' roll space odyssey indeed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A few moments of confusion and inconsistency, yet remains engulfing, evocative and mood setting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The three-year hiatus has been worth the largely triumphant return.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fluorescent, gently psychedelic record with a fat vein of Eighties pop running through it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While offering more of the same, nevertheless does it with sparkle and verve.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An impressive debut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While they still don't quite seem to be the finished article, there's plenty of promise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most certainly a bedroom record affair and perhaps suffering for this fact but the overall sentiment captured make up for whatever shortcomings may be presented.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hard to resist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mightily impressive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A quirky and sincere collection.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Honest, uncompromising, raw and restless, it's a rock album of some distinction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This sixth album by the band is a well-rounded proficient release.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Listened to while watching Georges Méliès suitably trippy sci-fi spectacle, it makes for a brief, but enchanting, experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When they're good, they are glorious and their enthusiasm is infectious, this band thrive when live but perhaps there's a little too much padding filling the, er, void.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Armed with rich, booming backdrops, live analogue beats and rising string flourishes, she works the ever-awkward business of injecting nods to the sensitive and self-referential expertly, her words coming across more contemplative than indulgently pious... A solid return.