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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 90 Modern Vampires of the City
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 728
728 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goodbye Bread shows Segall's calmer side, but the frantic instrumentals, heavy guitar riffs and rough-around-the-edges sound remain, betraying his decidedly harder roots and showing that Segall hasn't gone totally soft.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On its fourth LP, Arctic Monkeys combines its clever, tongue-in-cheek wordplay with a wider variety of sounds than it ever used on its other releases.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Marissa Nadler is more musically complex than earlier records, she maintains her overall aesthetic, both bucolic and tragic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most tracks on Larceny aren't exactly catchy, but the band's incessant enthusiasm and punchy delivery show that there's more to good music than earworms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a seriously cute band that writes seriously catchy love songs that you will probably seriously enjoy--if you're all right with that ebullience thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sucre Du Sauvage portrays the contrast between the two sides of Quintron's musical identity but ultimately unites joyful songwriting with his darker mad scientist persona.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deeply rewarding and slyly addictive, Channel Pressure is an uncommon gem, a difficult record that really isn't difficult at all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To hear the band members tell it, David Comes To Life is the record they've been working up to for the past 10 years, a grandiose statement that closes off the first chapter of Fucked Up's history. It's anybody's guess as to how they'll follow something like this, but we're already excited for chapter two.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Postelles is remarkably polished and consistent for a debut. If you're looking for something fresh, you'd do well to look elsewhere.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On It's A Corporate World, the band's debut LP, Zott and Epstein are ready to let you step a little further into their joyous sonic world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Lips puts on a hell of a show on Arabia Mountain, and it doesn't even need riots and stage diving to keep you interested.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    D
    While D is undoubtedly a grower, it's unfortunate that White Denim's experimental tendencies don't always lend themselves equally well to good songs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Boris channels the heart of heavy metal music with a massive sound and unparalleled aggressiveness.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's the type of music that the band knocks out of the park: music for lovers to do romantic things to. On Codes And Keys, those lovers are encouraged to be happy-an emotion that sometimes has evaded Death Cab.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lyrics are undoubtedly tragic, but they are what give Brilliant! Tragic! its brilliance.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shit, Laced is not. The debut album is a testament to Psychedelic Horseshit's incredible versatility.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a debut and a fleshing out of Stelmanis' previous eponymous work, Feel It Break is a solid place to build from and a reason to expect good things from Austra in the future.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most resonant part of Doi Todd's music is the quiet darkness that she twists into an undercurrent of tenderness. Cosmic Ocean Ship is more openly joyous than other songs on previous albums, like 2008's Gea, and perhaps not as "mysterious" or grabbing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album lags a bit on a few songs where it sounds like one half of the group had the majority of the say during the writing process. These instances are few and far between though, leaving the rest of the album as an intriguing concoction of two bands coming from polar opposite sides of the musical spectrum and meeting in the middle to make something new.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aesthethica is jugular-grabbing black metal-startling, complex... and also quite long.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That all changes with Nursing Home, as production legend Steve Albini sharpens the group's teeth into the fangs Let's Wrestle was always meant to bare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the eccentric young artist, James Pants once again makes the statement that Pants' music has made many times before-he creates to celebrate his bizarre style, carefree of the expectations of mainstream audiences and trends.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In all, this is a muscular yet not flashy outing from Gang Gang Dance, and its smooth confidence is a welcome respite from its self-indulgent neighbors.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Man Man has an image to uphold, and it does that while refining its focus. The group has moved forward conceptually but at times still sounds like the trained animals and clowns from the circus that ambushed the orchestral pit, and that's just fine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burst Apart is smart and calculated without feeling as though you're being duped by artificial feelings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In between the soul-searching, Fleet Foxes cranks out some pretty great singalong songs. And that's what it's all about, isn't it?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Derivative without bringing anything new, Not Nothing is lo-fi at a mediocre level.