CMJ's Scores

  • Music
For 725 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 Sunbather
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 725
725 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those looking for simple, safe rock probably won't like The Plot Against Common Sense. But if you want to think while you thrash, give this one a spin.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While less in your face than his work with the Fresh And Onlys, the album stands its ground and ends on a powerful note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Slaughterhouse is] a master's thesis of reverb, crafted by an electric orator who, more and more, finds the pithiest ways to worship the guitar as instrument, drug and weapon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs seamlessly trickle from one to the next in a perfect collection of sounds, showcasing both complexity and musical depth in this mostly instrumental music.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dry Land Is Not A Myth blows by in what feels like an instant, but it is so easily engrained into your memory, you'll find yourself humming it all day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Dirty Projectors are still fantastic weirdos making fantastically weird music, but Swing Lo Magellan humanizes them by letting you see through to their heartstrings.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than ever he seems to accept his differences and embrace them, making an album that is more a solid work of art than anything previous.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Positive Force will uplift you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band has crafted something surprising: a poignant, reflective hard-rock album that straddles the divide between '70s classic rock ambition and '90s alt-rock theatrics.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The roominess and the variety are what make this album so interesting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The end result is an infectious pop album every bit as bright and dreamy as Manners yet far more straight-up, dark, honest and vulnerable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mohawke and Lunice prove that you can strike a perfect balance between experimentation and restraint.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no throwaway songs about weed, women or cars here, just 11 separate streams of consciousness, each with subtle lyrical and instrumental nuances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you give it [a] chance, this album blooms into something different, deeper and more resonant that, along with its musicality, should be appreciated for its originality and growth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This music has deep roots, but Nabay's version of bubu is more contemporary and club oriented than folksy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its [closing track Close Company] guitars are huge, its drums are pounding, and it sums up the record perfectly: dark, sexy and gargantuan.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of feeling like a testing ground for a series of wild experiments, White has crafted a collection of hushed character sketches worthy of Randy Newman or Bill Callahan.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's everything to be expected: Dinosaur Jr. sounds relaxed, takes a laid-back approach and still manages to make an album that stands up next to everything else that the band has released since its resurrection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    David Byrne and Annie Clark (and to an undetermined extent, St. Vincent producer John Congleton) achieve a remarkable symbiosis on Love This Giant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is at its best with "A Matter Of Time" and "From Here On Out."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With one album completed under the new lineup, Harris and Seim show that they'll continue guiding Menomena in interesting, unpredictable directions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group took more time crafting these songs, and because of that, the album seems almost effortless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The production sounds more expensive, but all the passion and intimacy of their previous work remains.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although there aren't any obvious standout hits here, that's not what FlyLo intended to create. Instead, Until The Quiet Comes blends together into a lush electronic soundscape you can daydream to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They may not be particularly youthful anymore, but there's plenty of transcendence to be found on this record.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sun Airway may be losing some of its psychedelic characteristics that attracted many of its original fans, but the new sounds allow its lyrical creativity and musical experimentation to grow without confinement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a real relief, then, to hear METZ's self-titled debut, a tight set of 10 gut-punch punk songs that, in 30 minutes, delivers the type of catharsis we've been lacking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    119
    Its suicidal lyrics and aggressive guitar riffs won't disappoint current fans and will more than likely win over a bunch of kids from the Odd Future side.