cokemachineglow's Scores

  • Music
For 1,772 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Art Angels
Lowest review score: 2 Rain In England
Score distribution:
1772 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Art Angels is the kind of album that simultaneously captures its era, is made all the better for it (this 35-year-old Beatles fan would’ve given her nothing but bad advice), and obsolesces it overnight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To Be Kind is as vital and unsettling as anything they’ve ever done, and displays a mastery of their craft that seems almost automatic at this point.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rather, it is not a rap album; it is the absolute rap album. There is craft here (and in fact this is the most musical mainstream rap record since Aquemini) but just enough room for it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    SMiLE has arrived as incredible and ground-breaking a record as any of us could have hoped.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A nearly perfect follow-up... [it] keeps intact Interpol’s singular melodic prowess, while both tightening its songwriting and making unpredictable shifts in instrumental emphasis.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Friedbergers have made a cogent statement that leaves most other contemporary acts in the dust.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A caterwauling hunk of avant-garde precision.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    What makes the album so gigantic is how intensely unique the state’s identity becomes filtered through one man.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Woods is an incredibly intense rock record even by S-K’s lofty standards; it's a call to arms that will hopefully force complacent indie kids to demand more from their rock music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each song is either a seismic death rattle or aftershock.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Live at Reading is a corrective to all that [i.e. journals, Guitar Hero], a reminder that nothing so trivial could ever sully music as irreducible as this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Destroyer’s Rubies evinces an awareness of a feeling that “I’ve heard something like this before, and really enjoyed it” while denying the listener enough material specifics to follow-up with “It was on this record, recorded by this band, which I listened to when I was this old.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What sticks out most about Spoon, five albums in, is how singular they sound, like a jut of brilliant rock standing unfazed by crashing tides of trends and hopeful hype.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    29
    Taken all together, 29 is a staggering piece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dose’s clever, rich, image-gorged writing is at that forefront more than ever, and, mercy, does he ever slam down the goods.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It draws a subtle focus and then recedes from the record without resolve. Its tensions remain. If Sufjan is a perfectionist, he is now perfecting the art of stumbling, creating melodies that writhe with uncertainty and voices that echo back on themselves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Picaresque is a significant step forward, it’s also a logical one. The band’s sonic palette has expanded gradually from album to album, and appears to have come full circle here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old
    As a rap record, it excels.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kanye West had to do him; and lo and behold, he has. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the most cohesive and assured record in mainstream hip-hop since Jay-Z sketched his Blueprint (2001).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a stubborn, patient sharpening of their craft.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He, like his album, works best in its woozier, hushed moments.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best rap album of 2012--not just because of champion verses and immaculate drops, but because they recognize that the most brilliant foreground only shines against a well-defined backdrop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly quality recording of an incredible set, The Odessa Tapes plays like what it is: a miracle shrouded in modesty, and an ephemeral moment in time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Funeral... is a resounding success on all levels---the group clearly able to make something incredible out of the familiar, and something inexplicably moving out of one emotionally draining year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Obsidian makes for a totally immersive plunge and, depending on where you are with your own head when you listen, either a welcome gulp of fresh air in recognition or a chance to hold your breath and dive deeply into life’s darker materials until you have to come back up again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they said.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s nothing knee-jerk about it; just the inexorable sounds of ideas beautiful and terrible unfurling. It’s a careful, masterful record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deerhood vs. Evil is just simultaneously astounding and utterly familiar, correct, and right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a humble record, yet one with the timeless appeal to become a classic in league with the work of Waxahathee’s influences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trouble Will Find Me is impeccably sequenced, even at thirteen songs the rare National record that doesn’t contain “the one song they should have obviously left off.”