CMJ's Scores

  • Music
For 725 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 Too Bright
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 725
725 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are catchy and celebratory in every way we could hope, and what’s more, this album itself is a cause for celebration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After The End is a damn good pop album, and it’s not concerned with where it fits in the world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, the specifics are there. And though each isolated moment may not be immediately relatable, they create a universal portrait of our struggle with the loss of youth and the arduous task of soldiering forward while a part of us grasps for those milestones of the past.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new record finds singer Paul Banks and company reorganizing old reliable, post-Joy Division moves to deliver a fresher (more cheerful even?) atmospheric post-punk plate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Mean Love is his most experimental album to date, it’s also his most precise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luckily, Picture You Staring does deliver on the promise of its lead single.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every move on the album is intentional and nothing is unchartered territory for Zammuto.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, the album is charming, but deeply moving. The instrumentation is often simple, as are the lyrics, and the result is a rewarding, slow-building work of serious depth, and a long overdue solo debut for one of the genre’s finest songwriters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weirdon is stacked with some hefty singles guaranteed to bring this band to an even wider audience, and it succeeds because it ups the ante in terms of songcraft and production, but never at the cost of the weirdness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A New Testament is a charming, compelling and overwhelmingly genuine piece of work from an artist who seems determined to confound expectations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ontario Gothic is an amazingly precise, contextually aware work that’s very easy to listen to as just beautiful music, but it’s also an album that asks the listener to try for more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feel Something is never anything less than enthralling in its mushy melodies and gossamer vocals that’ll have many crushing on this record through the cold months.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Come From The Same Place is an album that often opts for the direct over the obscure, but taken as a whole it evokes something difficult to articulate about life and love. Both musically and lyrically, this album serves as definitive proof that this band is on a roll.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band’s adept at sustaining a singular sound throughout via rabid drumming, guitar fuzz at burning moss level and the fractured harmonies at freaky.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave will do more than satisfy existing fans of the band; new fans too would do well to start here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Refuse be fooled by the any cutesy pop leanings. La Isla Bonita is wonderful, but there are no all-inclusive resorts on this island.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs will reward repeated listens, and firmly establishes Deptford Goth as a talent to keep an eye on.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Metal is Blunt’s most realized work yet, but it’s still shrouded in mystery. There’s no reason for that to change, and there’s not even a hint here that Blunt is anywhere near ready to fold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xen
    The album’s 15 tracks don’t quite reach the 40-minute mark, but each track has a unique identity that both stands alone yet slips into the narrative of Xen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though Hemsworth’s style tends to favor chirping cheeriness, Alone For The First Time is solidly a winter album, and it’s just what we needed right now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DSU
    Throughout DSU, Alex G fills in gaps and layers over his songs’ simple backbones with shy yet enthralling tweaks and shuffles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cave's noisy, dentist-drill guitar work is still prominently featured, but occasionally it takes on pedal-warped psychedelic tones as the songs stretch out beyond the band's typical garage-rock template.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The MC attacks his words diligently with rabid vigor, giving Album the forceful push of someone carrying the weight of loved ones lost.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combination is ethereal and transcendent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Foreign Landscapes is a sonic mind-map that finds him dancing across geographical locations by way of his prepared piano (which, in layman's terms, refers to when objects are placed inside the guts of the instrument) and input from San Francisco's 12-piece string and wind Magik*Magik Orchestra.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Postelles is remarkably polished and consistent for a debut. If you're looking for something fresh, you'd do well to look elsewhere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The band plays it safe here, but after going way off to left field on its last release, this isn't a bad thing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wrapped in layers of reverb and nonchalance, the ten-track release steps in a more layered direction compared with the sunny distortion played out on its self-titled EP debut last year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Musically the album is a quick burst of 11 bubbly songs that never take a dark turn or venture into a minor key.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is part of Arcade Dynamics' charm: The release is pop-friendly with few tracks making the three-minute mark, until the fuzz of ambient outro "Porch Projector" kicks in.