CMJ's Scores

  • Music
For 724 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 90 Bon Iver
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 724
724 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blake and Childs have no need to prove why they're considered some of the U.K.'s best songwriters and musicians, but Jonny does just that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where For Emma, Forever Ago thrived on its sparseness, the new record's sound is richly and carefully layered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harmonicraft isn't just the best Torche release: It's a contender for one of the best loud rock releases of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll be hard pressed to find another album that’s this much fun to crawl inside.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By teaming up with the visionary mastermind Adrian Younge he’s created an inventive and thrilling album that will go down as one of his best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampires Of The Modern City stands to become the group’s Paul’s Boutique, raising the bar from being a fun but safe band to breaking ground ahead of their peers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unbound by convention, Daft Punk seamlessly included whatever the hell they wanted on this record. Not just because they’re musically sublime robots from a future of hovercrafts and Judy Jetson discotheques, but because Daft Punk knows when to edit and when to fall free.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything feels full and complete, with each song taking a life of it’s own, while still contributing equally as much to the larger concept.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’ve clearly set out to be innovators not duplicators, and Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is yet another one of their projects that crosses electronic music boundaries and produces something extraordinary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing on Settle is left wanting. Disclosure’s debut full-length, after a series of tight and well-curated EPs, has high points as high as any record this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunbather is every bit as explosive and engaging as any metal album you’re likely to hear all year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It will give you, near exactly, what you put into it. That’s what makes Nepenthe relevant: its masterfully complex compositions come across as simplistic; they’re accessibly intellectual.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With her experiences and experimentation, she has combined and refined her sound to make it something that is similar and yet totally separate from anything she’s done before. St. Vincent isn’t afraid of being different or taking risks, and thinks we shouldn’t be either.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hauschka’s ingenuity to rework his instrument into a entire orchestra is astounding. But his ability to avoid the usual, overtly romantic notions of forgotten cities and instead replace it with a portrait of refined desolation is equally impressive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Too Bright is a near immaculate work. It’s bold but vulnerable and finds Hadreas taking risks in structure, content and sound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hurricane Dub is the original album chopped and screwed and recorded at the bottom of the sea, all murky bass, Jones' deep voice and rasta-twangy guitar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The entirety of No Ghost is filled with poetic verses about the usual triumphs and failures of love, and taken together amounts to an emotionally mature piece of work with a healthy amount of upbeat, exciting tracks to go with it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Root For Ruin is the best synthesis of its pop and oddball sides yet, with flailing, manic surges serving as comfortable bedrocks for solid melodic hooks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On False Priest, Brion drastically widens the canvas, giving the music a newfound clarity, symphonic sweep and thick low-end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite reaching her eighth decade, Staples is making music that is strikingly modern, but the defining concept of the album is timeless: unadulterated hope.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forever is a journey through the darker parts of the human mind. Death, love and a strange sense of optimism resonate through the reverb.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eight satisfying songs of rhythm and groove later, Underworld pulls a fast one, yanking the cord with album finale "Louisiana," which features beautiful keys, languid vocals and a gentle, time-keeping beat that lulls listeners into the blissful ether.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album fights back against the tide of boring, quiet music, and nearly every song feels like a throat-rupturing protest against standing still.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, the album proves that it is the night that is the king of the dark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    El Guincho dons his best Animal Collective costume on his third full-length, an album filled with Afrobeat and tropical rhythms. Yet it doesn't sound derivative in the least.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a complex listen that strays from the tropes of standard R&B.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a sound that comes off as natural, Warpaint represents a much needed departure from the ubiquity of synth-pop, and The Fool is a welcome detour.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seems that this band really is fresh and only, for it has music brimming with originality via masterful combinations of genres.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the time that the closing track has concluded its schizophrenic barrage of drumming, the album has exhausted and enthralled its listeners, who will be ready to press rewind and live through it again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By blending past and present (and future), Daft Punk has created an album that speaks not only to the movie it scores, but also to the evolution of music that has allowed them to create the album in the first place.