Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,194 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% 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:
1,194 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never bettered, this is the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band’s crowning triumph. Own this!
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This masterpiece isn’t dulling any time soon. Working on the premise that they were Generation X’s own Velvet Underground, this is their ‘White Light/White Heat’, and one of the most important rock records of all time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the elongated nature of its creation, Black Messiah is a fluid, confidently cool piece.... A real showcase of his incredible talent.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remastered and supplemented it has received a contemporary injection and doesn't feel out of place in today's scene with that Mould influence shining through.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not just West's best album, it's a keen contender for the most ambitious LP in hip-hop history. West side story!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Loveless] not only stands the test of time, but transcends it. Songs like 'When You Sleep' sound as inventive now and would outshine much of the crop of young pretenders... Remains an archetypal classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record everyone with half an experimental ear should experience, even if they run from it, screaming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange demands to be listened to in a single sitting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    First spewed forth in 1973 this blend of Iggy's guttural moanings and James Williamson's precise spiky guitars is rightly regarded as one of the most seminal, ferocious, uncompromising, crude, sleazy, nihilistic rock albums of all time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A glittering glam-pop bounty of androgynous pop bots, dock prostitutes, Depression-era outlaws, cowboys and nun-baiting schoolgirls, GYBR remains a vital and versatile vision of brilliance that deserves to be heard.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's heavy, but so very beautiful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You don't even need to know about the box-set's extras: if teenage angst is the root of rock and roll, then 'Quadrophenia' is its definitive statement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It immediately stakes its claim as the rock album of 2015.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not as shiny as ‘Nevermind’, nor as raucous as ‘Bleach’; it’s not as sensibly realised as it would have been has DGC had entirely their own way, but nor does it completely kick against Cobain and company’s prior achievements.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After the delicate beauty of previous albums, this is the sound of an artist unleashed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The devil’s in the detail, and it makes for a brilliant record.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Run The Jewels has again pushed rap away from regular rhythms and rhymes and into territories that they’re still calculating the dimensions of. May they never reach the sum of such remarkable parts and continue to exclusively Run Them Jewels fast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a perverse and challenging listen that makes very few compromises. But the album is also both intensely lyrical and supremely musical--and it plays out in a way that is designed to be perversely uncomfortable for the ears.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Be Kind is altogether more colourful, an expansive record--fleshier, bloodier and lusciously psychedelic.... Near perfection.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it takes more than a couple of listens for Loud City Song to feel like a cohesive album, the reward once you do is well worth the outlay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A work of pure, true genius.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Half of the time Barnett, sounds like she isn't even trying, shrugging out moments of brilliance with ease and nonchalance. Whether she sits and thinks or sits and does nothing, it would appear the results are still golden.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hypno-grooving at its best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exhausting and thoroughly absorbing set.... It is a record that everybody should own. Meticulous, majestic, momentous.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This, his fifth album, is also an overt ode to limbo, the halfway house of consciousness and true death. And this is where all 19 tracks dwell, in between the failing light of traditional jazz and the bursts of neon emitted from his polyrhythmic, nocturnal electronica.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It never rests and never tires.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The material more than matches the ambition on these 11 bewitching songs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a bold and stark opus worthy of attention, if your attention span is long enough.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all Björk albums before it, Vulnicura is the work of many but the vessel, really, for the voice--and everything that means--of just one persistently empowering talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A daringly deconstructed soundtrack of the spheres.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant and intoxicating record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories confuses, disappoints and grates.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Melodic, melancholic, at moments almost celestial, it's simply stunning work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Further proof that The Arcade Fire may indeed be the best band on the planet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Authoritatively potent, bitterly bleak and beautiful, this record is an unexpected but essential punch in the face.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a truly fascinating listen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful, worthy follow-up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is melody here, clear structure. The Blackest Beautiful is a pop record, of a kind. The kind that eats the other albums racked next to it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an effortless comeback, then, that almost plays like a greatest hits set.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sorrowful, yet captivating collection of songs, ensuring that Ms. Mitchell continues to snap at the heels of PJ Harvey in the female singer songwriter stakes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 10 tracks comprise a head-and-shoulders-above collection that immediately imprints itself as one of the best hip-hop records of 2013 so far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without doubt, this is one of the folk albums of the year.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shields is an engrossing, beautiful work which could only come from Grizzly Bear, and only at this point in their career.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    Fragile, heavenly and utterly compelling; this debut paves the way for boundaries-pushing pop. This is music that shatters you with a single tap.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mystical brew of funk, gospel and delta rock.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Betas were a formidable live band, and the radio session tracks here are as good as, and sometimes better than, their studio counterparts. There’s little in the way of actual rarities, though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As always, Wild Beasts' songs are unusually intimate, and the electronic evolution of Present Tense captures their characteristically microscopic explorations of human interaction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great just gets greater.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no doubting the commitment in delivery though, with solid musical cohesion and a thrusting triple-guitar assault that has an astounding clarity and is expertly choreographed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Richly melodic and possessing a classicist pop sensibility, this is rock music with soul.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Self-possessed and uncompromising, this is a record with regal bearing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She's brilliant, sometimes inspired, and this tenth studio album finds her gifts undiminished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With both music and curation straying into increasingly beguiling territories The Lost Tapes is as delightful as it is overwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smother does exactly what it suggests but with a poetic fragility and an exacting panache that enthrals and entices like never before. An essential album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a strong and accomplished debut, and Jessie Ware has provided the missing link between SBTRKT and Sade. Whether you think that's a good thing is your call.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful outing in hauntingly pastoral heartbreak. Impressive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully, they’ve saved their finest ideas for Tomorrow’s Harvest, which burns as brightly as anything they have accomplished thus far
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fabulous album, confirming St. Vincent's status as a deeply talented artist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bleak as you like, but strangely cathartic in many places, it's absolutely the worst album to soundtrack your Christmas lottery win. For the rest of us dour wageslaves, it's perfect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyoncé’ is one of the best damn albums of 2013, basically, however you’re looking at it: as an R&B record, a pop set, an electro collection. Whatever your tastes, you can’t question the quality here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The accompanying DVD features an early performance by this line-up, which is a mildly diverting if sonically unspectacular curio alongside a still largely splendid record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s nothing nostalgic here--it’s the sound of a band reborn, rather than one reformed. And yes, it’s well worth the wait.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An awesomely designed underground rising.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A synth heavy, angst ridden, paranoia-fuelled musical monolith filled with catchy hooks, heavy drums and nods of the cap towards Dubstep.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Suffused with an indefinable sense of melancholy, the likes of ‘I Can Change’, ‘Home’ and ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ instil the rubbery electro with a tangible soul - whilst ‘Drunk Girls’ delivers a giddy hit of bony post-punk.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This set of tracks will stand with their most masterful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spine-tinglingly brilliant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is West’s most polarizing record to date, yet the discussion surrounding it gives a healthy charge to a rap game saturated with the same ol’ same ol’. So no, Yeezus isn’t a great record, but it doesn’t have to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything suggests that, on the strength of this set, The Land of the Brave won’t need a referendum to prove its independence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Our Love is a record that feels distinctly his own, accessible yet containing minute touches that you’ll need to listen to many times to appreciate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’re reborn, revitalised, and really rather good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A U R O R A is both testing of boundaries and transcendental of beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Modern Vampires Of The City conveys one hell of a sense of permanence from a band that once seemed ephemeral and frivolous.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Produced by man of the moment, Danger Mouse, the sound remains unmistakably Black Keys but adds further dimensions to what is already a winning mix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, we hear hints of funk, jazz, Americana and folk--and before you know it, the album’s ingrained itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn’t challenge expectation, but equally it does nothing, puts nary a single step wrong, to risk their reputation as a preeminent act of their kind, and of our times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Things are prone to occasional lulls with three tracks exceeding ten minutes. However, Johansson is capable of some beautifully stirring music, and when this album soars, it is a treat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Passion is a puzzling thing, expressed in myriad manners. But it can never be fabricated, and Ought’s heated brand of it is amongst the most bracing sounds anyone can encounter in 2014.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A daydream-like haze smudges the crispness of the beats while Lewis sings his osmotic melodies, his tones akin to Richard Swift gone disco.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Broadly eclectic throughout, it's a buoyant return.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All one can do is let the album play through again, though, is indicative of the great power this exhibition of completely engrossing, electrifyingly ambitious avant-dance(hall) possesses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fragile yet utterly destructive, this wolf in sheep’s clothing will hurl you five ways and leave you hovering over a bleak abyss. In a great way, obviously.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Old
    It’s clear Danny is dealing with some demons, but his issues don’t dampen the mood.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Driven by demons and fired by fury, 'Blunderbuss' is a turbulent insight into one man's wrath - but it rocks. Hard.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a masterpiece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mightily impressive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is probably the third best Beastie Boys album ever made. And that is not a pejorative. Boggle!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gone is the Primary Colours influences of Portishead's Geoff Barrow, or the punchy impatience of Strange House, and in that place stands an intellectually collective five-piece, fully immersed in the confidence of their own astonishing abilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very welcome return.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While he’ll probably never eclipse the flaming star that is label boss FlyLo’s reputation, Bruner here shows that he’s both his collaborator and peer, fusing a multi-genre musical mentality with a brilliantly sharp edge of accessibility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Young Fathers possess that which makes the best British acts truly special: a singular identity born of multinational mixology.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quality accompaniment and memorial.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Showing clear progression and monumental ambition, TNP have crafted a stark and dense knockout performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The woozy title track seems deliberately designed to unsettle the listener at the halfway point of an album that is in turns both richly emotive and beguilingly, bewitchingly uneasy.