cokemachineglow's Scores

  • Music
For 1,762 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 2 Rain In England
Score distribution:
1,762 music reviews
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the music here, not the sharp-toothed lyricism, which sets the record so far apart from the rest of the field.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old
    As a rap record, it excels.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    That’s the first thing that’s striking about The Sunset Tree: the arrangements on this record are spectacular.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is the new definitive rock opera.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Bitter Tea has a bevy or unexplained items - crazy cranes, bloodthirsty in-laws, traitors lying in grass, osmanthus blossoms, card cheats and the only pewter pocket watch that belong to Joseph Smith's Great-Great Uncle's brother in law. It's outlandish stuff, and requires suitably outlandish music, from its weird melodies to jarring segues to an ocean of sounds marking a transition from one verse to the next.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There's something downright overwhelming about this disc, whether it's the unremitting playfulness or the way the band pulls together beauty and energy from the oddest of sounds or the way over top they sometimes launch into abstract political commentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Exotic is witty, literate, and charming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    As a guitar record Paul’s Tomb may be, somewhat surprisingly, the best guitar record since, gosh, Pink (2005)?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    They've proven themselves able to change drastically in the past--so, even though Minotaur is one of their lesser works, I can't help but hope that a band as consistently transcendent as the Clientele will continue on into the future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is all I really want an album to be: an immense, five-star production fronted by a compelling, three-dimensional character with an unrivaled faculty for craft.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album is, in short, phenomenal. It certainly doesn’t match the beauty and heartbreak of Either/Or (1997), but it manages to recapture the spirit of that record while properly articulating the orchestration that Elliott had been working with for Figure 8 and XO (1998).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Think of it as a party invitation: it is as thrilling and original a debut as has come out this year, and one that leaves an ingenious sonic blueprint to build upon.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The hype was (gulp) correct. Hell Hath No Fury is hot. Dirtily, nastily, pipingly hot. Not Best Rap Album of the Year hot; Best Rap Album in a Few Years hot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    They may not seem on-point at first, occasionally wandering into vaguely tangential realms like a professor who’s a few dropped chalks away from the retirement home, but eventually the genius of it settles in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ashes is A Sunny Day’s stripes, their first truly great album of scope.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Embryonic works so staggeringly well because it's so unafraid to place itself in the lineage of unapologetically over-the-top rock album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What we have here is a great album, un- or under-appreciated....What Transference does is it opens a space for this band to experiment within again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Backstreet spawn aside, it may finally be settling in that Sir Lucious Left Foot does gather itself around Big Boi enough to make it the best OutKast-related release since the duo dropped Aquemini a dozen years ago (we can debate its merits next to the incredible six tracks or so on the bloated Stankonia, sure). For a Kast fan, this is life-affirming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sufjan's proficiency with larger-than-life arrangements has always been one of his strongest qualities as a musician, and across The Age of Adz he wields that proficiency, brazenly, like a kind of weapon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    w h o k i l l is probably the most inviting album you'll hear this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like on that grand finale the production on Black Up is meticulous but furtive, always pushing forward, often unwilling simply to loop. And Butler's rapping sounds perfectly at home in this sometimes chaotic environment, kicking it amidst the kinetic verve of his beats.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Infiniheart is too bright, too beautiful, and almost too good to be believed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Neko Case has made tremendous progress here as a lyricist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The eleven tracks here are the most concise, effortless, and melodically conspicuous songs to come out of the band’s camp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Inch by inch -- concept, production, groove -- Scale will measure your desires and dole out exactly what you want: depth, politics, creativity, or club-ready curios.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Califone are continuing the progressive refinement of their roots, giving an assured argument for the possibilities ignored by folk musicians enslaved to tradition and a smart recall to all the forward-thinking others who have moved too completely and arrogantly on.