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 2.1 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 728
728 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    2
    The songs here are too strongly crafted to be mistaken for the work of some teen slacker.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By relying on their talent and confidence, the fivesome takes the listener to a futuristic setting, one where '60s British pastoral music fuses with electro in order to fill a hole in the musical landscape.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a wise, mature labyrinth of an album that's both filled with vibrant life and haunted by death.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you are listening to the album for its monetary-political messages or just hoping to enjoy the band's indie-punk sound, Local Business will sate both sides.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's definitely not pop-more like battery acid-but in such talented hands, chaos becomes catchy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sunshine shows a strong working dynamic between the two members of Talk Normal that can only continue to strengthen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His heavy use of synthesizers might pin him to an era, but his tenor is timeless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While some longtime fans may find Just To Feel Anything's retreat from the cosmos a disappointment, the album's relative conceptual restraint actually allows it to be even more emotionally accessible, inviting the listener into the trio's interstellar clubhouse instead of only letting us peak in from the outside.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is an unapologetically gorgeous piece of work and one that is better appreciated without considering the confines of its genre or how the chillwave brand has become passé in most circles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ["Be Above It"] sets the tone for an album that follows closely in the sonic footsteps of its predecessor while occupying a more streamlined headspace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On her fifth album, she discovers a new direction--and sounds all the better for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With The Odds, the Evens have perfected the model of what we may consider post-post-punk: simple messages, tight instrumentation-this is grown-up grunge.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With seven tracks, it's more assertive than an EP but without the fully developed personality of an album. It's just enough that we know where Knowles stands: on her own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Bish Bosch may not be the most easy album to digest, it doesn't lack for talent or shock value.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And if you are a big fan of the band-and if you invested in the reissue, that's probably a given--this will give you hours of quality material to get lost in. But if you're not super familiar with the band, aside from being able to identify that Corgan is that vampiric-looking bald guy, then use this reissue as an excuse to revisit--or just visit--this album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other Worlds doesn't get overtly weird, but it's surely expansive-sounding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The instrumental packaging (which sounds even more lux and sophisticated than ever) shifts constantly, but there's always a catchy melody to carry Nocturne through.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a blood on the dance floor at this party, and it sounds so refreshing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Light Up Gold's re-release is quite literally nothing new, it's sure to garner a rash of deserved credit this time around, opening Parquet Courts to a wider audience that can further foster the appreciation of this excellent album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They were scratching at the surface of their emotional capabilities on their debut. With Hummingbird, Local Natives show that they can dig deeper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Foxygen is never overpowered by its influences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    II
    More often on the album’s 10 tracks than not, Nielson keeps the balance, giving each part equal time in the foreground and using understatement to his advantage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amok ends up sounding enormous through its mingling of analog and digital sounds. It’s intricately assembled, with more pieces to pick apart than on The Eraser, which feels a bit timid in comparison
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album has an eccentric palette and shows off Streten’s wide-ranging tastes; if you can’t find something to enjoy here, you’re not looking hard enough.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s altogether more synchronized, an album that pulls you along into its wonderfully mixed-up world without getting lost.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ten years into their career, Psychic Ills have tamed themselves, refining into a form, but the result remains a hypnotic set of songs that consistently achieve an introspective and cerebral kind of psychedelia.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all its messy emotions, unfiltered memories and contradicting revelations, Anxiety shows that it’s not only possible to write a self-conscious record without the protective shield of anonymity, it can be just as thrilling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mount Moriah remains committed to a sparse, skeletal vein of Americana that values precision over ambition. That’s not to imply the album isn’t a rich and varied listening experience, but its ambiguities and complexities are shaded in charcoal, not paint.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the new record represents a considerable leap in ambition, it retains the hand-made, intensely personal quality that defined Crutchfield’s earlier work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As Phosphorescent continues to evolve as a project, widening its range and sharpening its lyrical acumen, that commitment has become more apparent, culminating in his best album yet.