Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,050 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Exile On Main Street [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 10 Until One
Score distribution:
1,050 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Angie Stone’s fifth album, is her strongest to date, as she delivers an LP that effortlessly combines the finest elements of Neo Soul with old-skool R&B.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Falling Down A Mountain marks the return of a bolder spirit and, as a result, there is another truly great Tindersticks album to add to your collection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This debut album from the Manchester trio is a captivating Gothic Americana creation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid second record with tinges of brilliance, it’s another fine piece of work from the busiest man around.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Returning from a six-year long wilderness of soundtrack work and greatest hits, ‘Heligoland’ sees the duo back at the top of their game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clocking in at less than 33 minutes to ensure your left gagging for more, Sweet Heart Rodeo is a near faultless blend of Landes’ country roots and the urban savvy of her Brooklyn base.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big layers of instruments dual with and complement each other via weird time signatures, and inspired, complex riffs that sound like they’re scoring a car chase from a cult Seventies film, mixed with bursts of electronic futurism--perhaps best displayed on the album’s title track--a manic, brilliant piece of instrumental songwriting that shows Jaga Jazzist to be at the top of their game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With echoes of Lou Reed in many of the tracks, including ‘What Makes Him Act So Bad’ and ‘Cigarette Burns Forever’, and faint hints of Green’s previous work with the Peaches in others - ‘Oh Shucks’ - ‘Minor Love’ sees Green marry his roots with the new directions he’s taking, and comparison to the tape recorder fodder of old isn’t so hard make anymore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    2009 has seen the emergence and critical success of other techno-pop bands, including The xx and Fever Ray, and Pantha du Prince plays into exactly this sort of intelligent, thoughtful, and in many ways uplifting music.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taught and lean, bold and mean, Blood Red Shoes are fighting fit and Fire Like This might just be their knock-out punch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their third album in as many years, JJ continue to gather a pace and 'No.3' will surely propel them further into hearts and minds.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the monasteric vocal and Union of Knives-esque menace of ‘The Infinites’ to the shades of Hot Chip (‘Price On Your Head’) and Ladytron (‘Boy Girl’), ‘Back To Light’ is another early marker in what’s shaping up to be a stellar year for dance music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘Sea Change’ is as epic as anything that came later, Knights’ vocal supplemented by a rich seam of orchestration, but much of the material here could have been lifted from those early recordings, where skeletal fret work frames angelic vocals. A return to the source.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wild Hunt, the second release from Swedish guitar-twanging folksy master The Tallest Man On Earth, is a graceful and beautiful advancement of form, and matures just the way a second album really ought to.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This first true-solo effort sees the man responsible for some of rock's most iconic riffery joining forces with the friends he met on the way (including The Cult's Ian Astbury, Lemmy and Iggy Pop) and is a rocking riot from the off.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While no single track quite matches Four Tet's 'Love Cry', it's as good overall as his contemporary's recent 'There Is Love In You'.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never one to hide his emotions previously, Rufus Wainwright offers a sparse but staggeringly heartfelt collection of songs for voice and piano, influenced, at least in part, by the long-term illness and recent passing of his mother.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dense and obtuse it may be but those who follow this most intense sonic explorer will be rewarded the greatest.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lean, mean and as uncompromisingly focused as its maker, this is an album for everyone's collection, and whilst Weller is perhaps not the man he once was, the man he is now is most definitely still a force to be reckoned with.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album might not carry the sub-woof weight of its predecessor but it carries the icy menace of producers at the peak of their powers. Cooler than a liquid nitrogen drip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still in place is their frenetic rushes of sonic trickery, but most notably the band have relaxed a little and even got a little funky.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Total Life Forever is a massive leap forward for the band. The music writhes with a renewed ambition, capable of moving from near ambient strains of electronica to propulsive African funk in a drum break.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Infinite Arms is their strongest album yet, perfecting their instantly recognisable sound with Bridwell in fine voice throughout.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A curious state of affairs on the surface, this is no empty exercise in muso accomplishment. Lidell’s voice is a thing of wonder, a match for or indeed bettering many of R‘n’B’s mainstream performers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleigh Bells' novelty though, lies in a tingling barrage of granular guitar distortion and overdriven, over-compressed girl-pop squall.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An ever present Gang of Four musical demeanor, and the untiring pace of Fugazi makes 'The Chaos' quite aptly relentless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shadows returns to the lush, meticulously crafted sound of previous albums.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Again, like their previous work, 'Champ' is a short and sweet affair - but not one to miss or forget.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A magical insight into the development of Rossen's creative genius.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the pace hardly fluctuates wildly, the constant twists and turns create an emotional collage that's stunning: expect to be left contemplative and euphoric in equal measure.