Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,997 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [40th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 10 Wake Up!
Score distribution:
1997 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's as much math rock as it is noise rock, delightfully unpredictable in places ('Weasel Bastard', 'Power Ballad'; and yes, the latter is the furthest thing from a power ballad you could possibly imagine), precise and purposeful in others.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, as a standalone record, Nothing feels somewhat incomplete.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is a sun-kissed trip with layered overdubs, shimmering guitar inter-play and a sense of wanderlust, a warm departure from the celebrated lo-fi debut LP.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elaenia is one of those rare albums that crosses genres and audiences with ease due in thanks to the sheer craft that's gone into its seven tracks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bleeds isn’t a flawless album, but it is diverse and imaginative.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beach Slang play with the kind of heartfelt abandon that you could imagine translating to wider audiences in a similar vein to The Gaslight Anthem or, going back even further, The Goo Goo Dolls. For now, the no-hopers have a voice, but you get the feeling that it won't be theirs alone for much longer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Yes, the production is razor sharp, the beats are skewed and often very loud which makes them feel important, but in reality, it's all a façade; an image.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas 'Hey Go' claws at cabaret crushed velvet, and 'Officers Club' funks Scruffily, 'Manalog' is the sole, slightly noodly odd one out on an album of big punchlines, defrosted drum breaks snapping necks like breadsticks, and foibles for the eagle-eared to pick out listen after listen
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a damn fine record and manages to avoid treading exactly the same ground its older sister did.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a truly incredible album, a special album and a rare album.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically fascinating, charmingly vulnerable and compulsively danceable--this is how to do a debut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Organic, intimate and well worth adding to anyone's collection. Grab that jumper and enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If it feels just a little patchy in places compared to its predecessor, it's hard not to be jerked into life by this band's approach to the dancefloor's dark bidding. Just don't over-think it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He might ramble sometimes, but his ramblings are like the songs of angels.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hurts have always been pretty unabashed about their mainstream ambitions, which is fine, but as they explore them further, it becomes easier to strip away the affectations and see them for what they truly are: a cheesy pop band.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On bygone albums he has displayed his own level of assertiveness; this is strictly a diffuser of pent-up situations, perfectly balanced between the background and forefront of your get together.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You might think punk bands berating the patriarchy is uninspired, but The Spook School do so with spirit, vibrancy and clever honesty, demonstrating how candid discussions of gender and sexuality in pop culture is still worryingly subversive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Clark's biggest triumph is in managing to splice his previous influences together in a cohesive and pleasing manner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's bonkers and wild.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    CHVRCHES are a still a terrific alternative to the barrage of mind-numbing EDM and soulless euro trash of acts such as Icona Pop that permeate our airwaves and devour advertisements. Another heavenly and peerless collection from the Glaswegian synth-poppers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The real issue is that in a genre filled with imitators, many whom Deerhunter no doubt inspired, we need a bit more bang for our buck. When the oddities on this album ride so high they should have let complete weirdness take over.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is thoughtful music for thoughtful listeners, and it is all the more rewarding for it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deafheaven have managed to craft a lengthy, complex offering that could be considered the antithesis of their lauded second album, but also proves to their doubters that they're here to stay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Money, manipulation and vaguely unhappy mediums haunt the album's lyrics, though indistinct phrasing and a blearily subdued vocal mix make these themes feel like peripheral, subconscious murmurings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's pure, carefully conceived theatre, at a pace that you can never predict, without being an emotional descent that spirals over and over until you're wishing it'd buck its ideas up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Radwan Ghazi Mounmeh and his cohorts have managed to make a record which communicates across the bounds of culture and time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a bold, idiosyncratic collection of songs crafted under intense time pressure after producer John Congleton insisted that Grant have all of the material ready to go before entering the studio. Such a challenge certainly seems to have focused the mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Funky, frenetic and fast, Zipper Down is not for the pretentious listener.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most curious thing about RUFF is how its narrative seems to hint at a band running out of energy and inspiration, and yet the music itself would say otherwise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, La Di Da Di too often feels like a soulless automaton tearing around on autopilot. If only it had a heart.