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
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With few exceptions, these are a solid collection of dance-rock songs and rock-dance tracks-Zonoscope represents the evolution of a band that knows what it's doing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best thing to do on The People's Key isn't to connect with Oberst's lyrics. It's to connect with how connected Oberst is with what he's singing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Having developed feelers on both ends, the partnership's combined strengths via production chops and band practice really lend to the record's debut maturity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blue Songs may not have an incredible single, but it does give you a collection of 11 solid songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All three members take to the LP's nine tracks with post-punk minimalism and as tracks draw on and the elements begin to take on a cohesive shape, it appears that by attacking with less, Little Joy inevitably comes together as more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though her lyrics are incoherent, Barwick tells a story on this album that is up for interpretation depending on the listener as if Barwick created the music just for her.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a solid half-hour of garage-y indie rock that is usually catchy, occasionally great, and pretty much always competent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The songs on Music Is Not For Everyone dance the incredibly thin line where they sound completely believable while the sarcasm still leaks through as subtly as a teenager's cologne.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This record isn't as energetic and peppy as previous efforts, but don't confuse moodiness with lifelessness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn't happy-go-lucky music; these are sounds reserved for darkly tainted dance floors, where smiles aren't a part of the dress code.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is deceptively simple, but underneath the easy-listening vibe lies a fascinating medley of genres and musical references.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heidecker And Wood's music may not be meant for Tim And Eric, but it's certain that any fan of the show's comedy would enjoy chuckling to the sweet sensual sounds of Starting From Nowhere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music is still driven by the same conceptual forces, instrumentation and voodoo tradition that Orchestre Poly-Rythmo has always been known for. Contonou Club is not only a symbol of the group's reunion; it marks the continuation and growth of a West African musical revolution.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Family Sign finds Atmosphere back on his old level of sharp self-criticism, but the album is also a step forward for the whole group.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crystal Stilts hasn't broken from what made it good in the first place -- but In Love With Oblivion proves that the group is coming into its own.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    TV On The Radio has become less animalistic, less apocalyptic, less conflicted -- and more loving, more comfortable, more soulful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The girls have made strides in bookending the album with tracks that are longer than six minutes-quite different from its usual two to three minutes-but the next step is to use the extended time to explore what else they could do with it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music achieves a throbbing equilibrium halfway through each track, which makes it easy to zone out. So maybe this is just great zone-out music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This changing of the tide between electric and acoustic makes the album flow. What's evident on Thao And Mirah is the musicality of the duo and the friendship at hand.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After a year-long medical hiatus, the band returns with Outside, an album that shows the group putting much more effort into melody and song construction but holding onto the same energy and dark mood as before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album isn't going to isolate fans of Okkervil's older material, but it is going to require an acceptance that change has arrived.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smith is a ham, to be sure, but listen past the surface and you'll hear him grappling with themes of isolation, frustration and heartbreak.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aesthethica is jugular-grabbing black metal-startling, complex... and also quite long.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Attention Please could not be further away from Heavy Rocks. The album is characterized by elegant violin, delicate vocals and dreamy guitar distortion.