Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,936 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower 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:
1936 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Self-possessed and uncompromising, this is a record with regal bearing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although uncompromising in it’s vision and delivery, Stranger To Stranger ultimately, serves as another fine testament to Simon’s craft and ingenuity as a songwriter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She's brilliant, sometimes inspired, and this tenth studio album finds her gifts undiminished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleep Well Beast is an album that rewards repeat listens and unfurls its beauty slowly over time: The National have yet again made an album that’s as brilliant as it is ambitious.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    I See You is perhaps the bravest album of the band’s career, the one laden with the most changes, with the most prolonged journeys into the unexpected. Yet it also feels resolutely like The xx.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every Baroness album before this has featured huge shifts in style, this being the one where they take the best of each to create a propulsive, thrilling whole.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet beyond this wired mix of post-punk anxiety, splintered techno elements and haunting soul samples, it’s Danny Brown’s rhyming ability that ultimately sees the LP flourish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Semper Femina matches Laura Marling’s personal quest to unlock facets of her identity echoing with the wider struggle to clear a space for the feminine voice within society itself. With a triumphant new album it seems that this songwriter has found a room of her own.
    • 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 remarkable return to form by one of rap’s finest wordsmiths, it’s Pusha’s most focused and cohesive solo effort to date, and one of hip-hop’s strongest long-players of 2015.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful outing in hauntingly pastoral heartbreak. Impressive.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Misty keeps this album pretty genuine. There are jaunts and horns and dancing mixed with sorrow and piano and heartache; his lyrics cutting through any joy with wicked humour and his comic persona still second place to his incredible songwriting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately The Impossible Kid is an album that will reinforce whatever preconceptions about Aesop Rock you already hold. However, it’s also worth noting that this is most probably the least cryptic and most honest of all his records.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live up to the hype? The short answer is ‘yes.’ The slightly longer answer is ‘yes, but not as you’d expect it to.’ Funnily enough, the record packs something of a slow burn effect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These are songs for songwriters, beautifully constructed and realised--after a full rotation, it'd be difficult not to fall in love with this album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fabulous album, confirming St. Vincent's status as a deeply talented artist.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With this expertly curated and brilliantly sequenced collection, BadBadNotGood have demonstrated that there’s still life in the compilation, and have shown the benefit of getting professionals on board to create them.
    • 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
    While Loop The Loop isn’t a retro record, neither is it futuristic; it’s not a singer-songwriter album, nor is it an electronic beats record. One thing it does qualify as though, is a hugely enjoyable debut album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a collection that proves Moby’s a gifted, mature songwriter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Previously it felt like as though these two sides have been difficult to reconcile on record; the abrasive would often be at odds with the tranquil, particularly on last studio album ‘Cherry Bomb’. On Flower Boy, though, Tyler has perfected his marriage of the two.
    • 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.