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 Abandoned City
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 728
728 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shit, Laced is not. The debut album is a testament to Psychedelic Horseshit's incredible versatility.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Marissa Nadler is more musically complex than earlier records, she maintains her overall aesthetic, both bucolic and tragic.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Up is a wild ride, but Butler's songwriting is not haphazard. To be sure, his laid-black flow channels a vibe similar to the who-cares attitude of those on the opposite side of the left-field hip-hop divide, but don't let that fool you; his music is weird, but it's also deliberate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at its most far-out, the songs on Culture Of Fear always seem to know where they're going, even if they choose to take the scenic route to get there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although some of the sounds used are radically new to the Miracle Fortress repertoire, Was I The Wave? demonstrates the perfect amount of experimentation and development of the band's sound while remaining true to the music of its past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This certainly isn't music to hit the beach by, and it's also not as concerned with maximizing texture as chillwave is, creating some of its most intriguing moments with negative space.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing more than Inglish's beats and Rocks' rapping are needed to prove that When Fish Ride Bicycles was worth the wait.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chillwave touchstones are alive and well on the record; tender, nostalgic vibes still emanate from each throwback synth pad and ethereal two-part harmony, and there's still plenty of reverb to go around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Electronica bands run the risk of entering an ethereal, psychedelic realm and never leaving, but Little Dragon always maintains its tie to the tangible world through Nagano's voice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen to this album with the volume cranked.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From Africa With Fury: Rise is a solid sampling of Afrobeat, and if Kuti's goal is to show that his father's influence was not wasted on him, he succeeds brilliantly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listening to Quadruple Single is not a passive experience in the least.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album that takes Rogue away from the familiar efforts with Rogue Wave as it harbors eloquent and delicate melodies that pioneer a soft-spoken but and delightful album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It took a lot of experimenting, jamming and digression from its old songwriting techniques for Pepper Rabbit to produce such an enjoyable album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Condon's songs have always been flooded with emotion that sound both deliriously pretty and endlessly sad or foreboding, and The Rip Tide is no exception.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In between the tape hiss, the nature sounds, the subtle reverb, the sighs, it becomes clear that Bad Vibes has a soul.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Golden Age Of Apocalypse is all warm vibes and morning sex instead of Cosmogramma's seriously zonked and far-out space grooves-light and airy melodies carried out on bass with the tinkle of synth and keyboard, clear uptempo drumlines and a high soul-influenced singing voice doused in reverb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thrice's latest, Major/Minor, is one of those elusive, much-needed types of LPs: urgent, aching and filled with heaviness-like pouring-liquid-steel-into-a-cast-iron-mug-and-chugging-it-straight heavy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a terrific, fun and most of all, genuine follow-up from one of the best surf pop bands of recent memory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With only eight tracks and a run-time just over half an hour, this debut is a light one but hits like a featherweight champ.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bass churns, chimes tinkle, and tribal drums patter rhythmically, drawing listeners into wide-eyed sonic journeys only Prince Rama could cook up.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, under the unifying sound of Casiokids' youthful pop, African, Asian and Norweigan influences combine in blissful harmony to create the ultimate musical expedition.