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
    Full of memories and unanswered questions, Wyoming asserts a sense of limitless depth, as the duo’s members seem to have developed a greater understanding of one another than on their debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the Chicago trio, comprising Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci and Ryne Estwing, its haunting yet beautifully bare album is a textural journey over new terrain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether he’s softly plucking away or spinning a complicated web of chords, Tyler’s music is transportive in the sense that it can offer an escape from just about anywhere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bright artist displaying skill and youthful eagerness--no shtick.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They expand upon the thrills of the last record with acerbic aplomb, catching us unaware with hooks and then relentlessly, lovingly, plugging away at the daily, death-y grind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bonobo has given us a great collection of interlacing melodic songs that have real depth and distinction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lerner released two solid albums of guitar-and-drum-led rock, but he grows on Dormarion because he is finally willing to knock over the boundaries he built for himself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bradley’s sophomore album, Victim Of Love, burns hard and slow.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blake’s best moments on Overgrown occur when he finds that balance between the upbeat hip-hop rhythms and the down-tempo acoustics that so brilliantly parallel his voice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would be incorrect to say that the duo is pushing “weird” to its sonic limits; “curiosity,” mostly in the space of the extremes of human personality, would be most apropos.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On their full-length debut, Milk Music keeps those influences intact with raw, warm sludgy rock that brings them out of the fuzzy shell of 2010′s Beyond Living EP helping to secure a unique personal identity that respectfully builds on a classic sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the length of the album, it’s gratifying to cup your hands over your eyes and squint into Vile’s self-effacing and self-reflexive world. There’s something invigorating about hearing a mind loop back on itself in constant pursuit of a question it never even knew it asked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rilo Kiley always had the ability to acknowledge the bad without letting it suck you down. That got lost on the weirdly glossy, distant and jaded Blacklight, but RKives restores the balance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its ambitious digressions, conceptual gambles and silly experiments, it’s that spirit of adventure that makes the album so visceral.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Charli XCX isn’t smashing any glass ceilings in pop; she’s perfectly roughing up the edges of a long-standing mold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Floating Coffin sees Dwyer and company pulling off another successful paradigm shift, a step toward the sinister but with ample amounts of the flower-power charm that made them such favorites among psych snobs in the first place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sounds are bigger on Junip, but it’s the audible give and take among the performers this time that makes the album intimate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Sister Faith, their fourth album in nine years, Coliseum offers up its most palatable set of tunes yet, a continuation of the dirty-pop paradigms set in place by 2010’s House With A Curse, and the Parasites EP released the following year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While frontwoman Jehnny Beth’s theatrics take up most of the listener’s attention, it’s the rhythmic duo of drummer Fay Milton and bassist Ayse Hassan that keeps the band on track
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elephant Stone is a thoughtful and concise album that showcases not only precise musicianship from all members of the band but a distinct growth in songwriting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] sprite, beguiling collection of songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On a superficial level, Trouble Will Find Me, the National’s latest full-length LP, probably won’t convert any listeners who’ve written off the band’s music as boring.... Of course, the power’s in the poetics, and Berninger concocts some truly heart-wrenching images this time around.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the aching beauty of Obsidian: its ability to be so matter-of-fact and reposition the taciturn as commonplace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While many artists choose to play it safe on their debut album, Doldrums has decided to take us on an untidy journey into his own headspace. Lesser Evil is an unflinching and unashamed document of that trip, like a travelogue of a doomed vacation through Woodhead’s brain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite these retro touches, there’s something modern about the album’s ability to shrug off heartbreak, to grab victory from the jaws of defeat and then kick defeat in the jaw for being such a dick.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no twist ending here--just another excellent Boards Of Canada album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Half Of Where You Live sidesteps the dreaded sophomore slump by staying true to the impulse that guided Gold Panda’s initial recordings: honesty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is engineered so that he never has to. Listen past the last track and be introduced to Acid Rap all over again as a voice promises on loop that it’ll be “Even better than the last time.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s clear from even the most half-hearted listen that Spectrals have found their niche space on Sob Story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sweet and thoughtful but not without edge, Lemuria knowingly toys with us on The Distance Is So Big, reveling in the loops of the lyrics and the strength of their unique saccharine force.