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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 90 Jonny
Lowest review score: 30 IV Play
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 728
728 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    TV On The Radio has become less animalistic, less apocalyptic, less conflicted -- and more loving, more comfortable, more soulful.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's too cavernous and intangible to dance to but too wired for relaxation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pallett’s vocals that move from soft quiver to full tenor on the title track. And when paired with his simple pop tendencies, the intricacies are easy to absorb. All you have to do is listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An audacious compilation of carefully arranged instrumentals under reflective lyrics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its multiple parts, its recurring motifs and its thematic hutzpah "USA" isn't easy to parse or process, but it's not impenetrable; Deacon remains committed to pop forms and rock songwriting despite his concert-hall inclinations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Floating Coffin sees Dwyer and company pulling off another successful paradigm shift, a step toward the sinister but with ample amounts of the flower-power charm that made them such favorites among psych snobs in the first place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Clash Battle Guilt Pride sees Polar Bear Club's likable mix of working-class suburban punk and arena rock getting glossier production.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can enjoy Salad Days for its unadorned flow and easygoing weirdness, or you can stop, reflect and be moved by its fresh honesty. It’s worthwhile either way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Fade's sleepy charms can appear slight when compared to the canonical totems in the band's back catalog, it's best to remember that this is a record about serenity, endurance and mortality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bright artist displaying skill and youthful eagerness--no shtick.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Earl’s skills are incontestable, but at times, it feels like he has nothing to prove. Doris could have resulted in one big shrug fest, if it weren’t for the ferocity in Earl’s bars--which is probably all the leverage he needs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Piñata might be long, but it moves fast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There might appear to be a hodge-podge mish-mash of genres here, with artist credits ranging from U.K. funk producer Lil Silva to hip-hop’s heady Ghostpoet (who’s Season Change with Doucoura is another album stand-out), but the blending of these somewhat disparate sounds is seamless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is why Blue Rider is so enjoyable: even while it pulls you in, you’ll still feel like you’re listening to it alone. That might sound like an aloof move by Cale, but it’s really just an expression of that feeling that comes with being en route.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Familiars‘ ultimately succeeds in delivering the third consecutive full-length gem from the Antlers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it may not be a distinct step forward creatively, the blue-collared Allentown, PA, quartet has managed another solid effort that maintains its edge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the record might have benefited from some more discrimination on the cutting room floor, it's still a focused, complete record and a pleasurable listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blake’s best moments on Overgrown occur when he finds that balance between the upbeat hip-hop rhythms and the down-tempo acoustics that so brilliantly parallel his voice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While frontwoman Jehnny Beth’s theatrics take up most of the listener’s attention, it’s the rhythmic duo of drummer Fay Milton and bassist Ayse Hassan that keeps the band on track
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the length of the album, it’s gratifying to cup your hands over your eyes and squint into Vile’s self-effacing and self-reflexive world. There’s something invigorating about hearing a mind loop back on itself in constant pursuit of a question it never even knew it asked.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is clearly not one you would want to put on in the background of your next party. In every aspect (its forms, melodies, instrumentation, etc.) it is a challenging and engaging hour of music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every track on Tramp provides a singularly rewarding experience in one way or another. Only the album's pacing weakens its impact as a whole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Oh No brings life back to Moore and his Dolemite legacy.