CMJ's Scores

  • Music
For 675 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 St. Vincent
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 675
675 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With No Mythologies To Follow, MØ has established herself within an emerging circle of powerful pop dominatrixes but with her own distinct sound full of versatility and vitality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Now we have Street Punk, less than 30 minutes of raw, hasty, goof-garage, with not so much as a coy wink.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His luxuriant loop-based instrumentation on display is easy to lose yourself in, making your life seem, for just a moment, much more epic than it actually is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every track on this album is relatable and takes us on an emotional journey through the steps of a breakup, which in Li’s interpretation seems to be frustration, pain and ultimately loneliness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although somewhat too sleepy at times, the album's journey of personal admittance uses the instruments strategically to ignite little bursts of hope and newness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's always a pleasure when a concept album can stand on its own without the concept, and that's what NewVillager is--a bunch of fun, carefully crafted songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s that ability to toggle between the doom and gloom of post-punk and the restless energy of fuzz-pop that makes Jinx such a gripping, vital listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure, Lennox makes a lot of pretty noise on this album, but sometimes you just want to pluck him from his own sound waves and have him try to navigate them from the inside of a more firmly constructed ship.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For now, this band’s M.O.--Graves’ machine gun mouth racing the bands’s nerve-strung music to the finishing line of each 113 plus/minus-second blast--is welcome in the currently, often drowsy world of indie guitar music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Through it all, Lekman's wit remains intact.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The synths are so smooth sounding that after a few moments they begin to lull you but not into sleep. This is way too dark of a place for sleep; it seems more like hypnosis.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Altogether, it’s some irresistible glitter-on-the dancefloor delirium.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The infectious beats and catchy hooks are still a driving force, but Lewis has abandoned the bedroom vibes to surge ahead with full-on amphetamine-induced vigor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The duo is quite adept at keeping the dopey momentum going, but without a respite or a break in the haze, Return To The Ugly Side is often impenetrable. But that's kind of cool--a half-hour album that stretches out (or drags on) to feel like far longer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every detail of Ray's second full-length alongside Her Happy Hookers is imparted with vigor--be it her razor-edged howling, or the biting lyrics that comprise them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all of their individual, conflicting quirks, Miller et al. operate like some strange musical beast, spitting out hooks and devouring them with brute force.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not all of the rough edges have been smoothed out, there's a sense of soaring ambition, and there's no reason why there shouldn't be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tremors makes it clear that he has plenty of his own material to work on. His reliable vocals lead us through the enjoyable confusion that the album establishes, ever cool and whole-hearted, with a genuine sense of emotional investment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid, ambling around, summer daytime soundtrack, rather than the numerous nighttime ruminators we’ve already been frequently offered this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tropics Of Love is an experiment in inertia. When it’s good, it stays good, and when it’s not, it’ll be over by the time you swallow your pina colada.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shriek is a refreshing dive into the ambiguous depths of the indie-pop pool, made possible by two musicians who have shown great conviction in revamping their sound without ditching the fundamentals that have made them such a powerhouse.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rise Against have slowed their music, and in the process, have created a hell of a rock album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their tactics may be minimalist, and their sound may at first feel archaic, but sometimes pure ingenuity is all musicians really need to be noticed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neatly countering the initial pedal-to-the-metal energy of "My Girl," "Sweet Dee" is a slow-burning sunset cruise that makes Tiger Talk's destination entirely worth the somewhat familiar journey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t push boundaries in the same way that Feel It Break busted up notions of genres, but its smooth production stabilizes the lyrics’ emotional bombast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an elegantly lush record, brimming with imagination, that was no doubt slaved over in the studio yet sounds entirely natural.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Smoothing an epochal shift with a sonic mix of new and old isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Arguably, the band did the same thing when it cast aside the spacey sounds of Leave Home for the alt-leaning Open Your Heart. But on New Moon, the transition is rocky, more of a cop-out than a compromise.