CMJ's Scores

  • Music
For 728 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 90 Random Access Memories
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 728
728 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though taken individually some tracks may have a strikingly similar feel with a lot of big, synthy crescendos, it's the cohesion of the release that makes it work in the "epic" way that Gonzalez envisioned it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kinshasa One Two's myriad of styles and motley participants never cease to criss-cross and collide, sublimely blending earthy tones with sleek production maneuvers to create one of the year's most unique records.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deer Tick shows off a level of versatility on Divine Providence, making for a record that will please long-time fans and newcomers alike.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright And Vivid takes enough elements from both Calder's debut, Are You My Mother?, and her work as part of the New Pornographers to retain its very Calder-ness, while still evolving into a robust folk-pop record.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sankey and Warmsley still have a lot to offer on Welcome To Condale, with Sankey's large vocal range that easily adapts to the feel of each song and Warmsley's ability to match her perfectly in background singing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An hour-long exploration of the group's first full-length work that is every bit as diverse as the artists chosen to work on it and as iron-dense and deeply bassocentric as the original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It will take repeat listening to capture the total gist of the record, as well as digging into McCombs' back catalog to get the whole story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An audacious compilation of carefully arranged instrumentals under reflective lyrics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They haven't lost a bit of the cheeky lyrics and determined instrumentals that made them who they were; they've just tweaked it all to suit who they are now.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs feel like the first days of fall, where you're clinging to that last bit of summer warmth while eagerly anticipating the slower pace of a city being cooled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's tight production will draw you in and leave you dancing damp from sweat until the early hours of the morning.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freeclouds seems to be a culmination of many different ideas and styles all brought together in one album, and this diversity of sound is exactly what makes the album work so well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Carrion Crawler/The Dream could very well be born from a desire to please crowds as easily as it could be Dwyer wanting to craft jams as musical meditation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You may categorize An Album By Korallreven as background music. That's by no means a bad thing-if anything, such a distinction solidifies this album as an intense experience: a wintry escape to the wilderness with a slight detour to the dance floor along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happy, nature-oriented psychedelic pop that bring to mind images of sprawling meadows in mid-summer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His song progression is static, manic and as mutely thrilling as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Kings provides a kind of artistic oasis, a glimpse into how great hip-hop can be when placed in talented hands.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's no-bull, gritty hip-hop for hip-hop's sake, forgoing radio-friendly hooks or overly flashy production in favor of inspired storytelling and colorful slang.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strange Weekend takes on the lofty task of musical multitasking and succeeds.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is unlike anything Cloud Nothings has done before, and that's a good thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the best parts of The Lion's Roar are when the Söderbergs harmonize together.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results of these bursts of levity are as stark as Quran verses scrawled on Vegas brothel walls and recall why Sumach Ecks remains a rare, unsettling voice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clean, laid-back production and ambitious lyrical themes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Horror is a highly effective album because of how its sense of doom infects you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every track on Tramp provides a singularly rewarding experience in one way or another. Only the album's pacing weakens its impact as a whole.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The simplicity of the instrumentation is what perfects the record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Young And Old is a confident, solid indie pop album that builds on the band's previous sound.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I Am Gemini marks a brave and experimental turn in a new direction, but at the same time it's a nod to the old-in the best and least wallowing way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through the clever synchronization of spaced-out vocals and rambling drums, Poliça dispels psychological trauma in an easy-to-swallow, electro-pop pill.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a record that reminds us of one of music's most overlooked, modest--but perhaps, most sensible--aesthetic couplings.