cokemachineglow's Scores

  • Music
For 1,763 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 To Be Kind
Lowest review score: 2 Rain In England
Score distribution:
1,763 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A Vintage Burden’s embrace is still emotional, still heartbreaking, still sad, and at times still chilling, but somehow, it’s less of an exercise to wrap your arms around it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Sexsmith’s got a knack for melody, and Froom’s got a knack for bringing it out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    And while every song contains allusions to forgotten surf rockish guitar chords and Duke Ellington violins, the real fun is in the way the Pipettes play off each other in harmony.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Genuinely affecting, and fun, pop music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    There is not a bad verse on it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to be impressed with here, but it’s the emotional intimacy that the songs establish even at their most grandiose that makes the album great.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Odd, joyous, and wonderful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If there is one thing that might be wrong with this album -- besides an uneventful last third -- is that the album might be too tailor-made for music critics worn out by music fatigue, hype fatigue, and irony fatigue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I can think of nothing more liberating than to dive into its dark waters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Of course it’s cheeseball, as we all were at that age. But that’s ultimately what makes this accessible, highly-listenable album a reinvigoration of both catalogue and genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This album is a knowing genre-piece and incessantly listenable effort from one who some were beginning to suspect had become lost in a desert of his own vision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Though wrong and stupid kinda work (in a good way!), Tha Carter III is more a balanced, self-conscious synthesis of everything viably great about Lil Wayne, hyperbolic or not, than the penultimate statement of the MC’s “legendary” status.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    High Places is an indie dance album about rhythm rather than dancing, that’s danceable without pandering.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Maybe that’s the real spiritual value of the album: rather than impress their personal convictions, the band acts as a conduit for all these forces to combine and radiate like a prism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Parallax Error Beheads You improves upon [his previous] albums’ strengths--wide-eyed eclecticism among other things--managing greater coherence and scope than anything he’s ever done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    What we’re left with, speakers humming with aftermath, is the possibility of a real and significant realization: that between Hecker and Mountains, 2009 suggests a sea change--and I can’t think of a more appropriately grand term--in which ambient music may just enter a post-Eno peak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The fact is that Black Cascade is half victory lap and half turf statement: it hones in on their strengths without sacrificing originality; it pays off magnificently on all the chances they’ve taken in the past; it is fucking brutal; and it is another high water mark in the band’s catalogue for the New Wave of American Metal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s an approximation of what perfection might mean, which is: precise, lean, deliberate. There’s not a wasted moment here, and not one moment overstays it’s welcome, which from a bunch of aristocrats (I get) is pretty frickin’ rich.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Dragonslayer is a shockingly good record, but it’s no surprise that things ended up this way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Miguel De Pedro has instead delivered an oeuvre that plays like a stream-of-consciousness narrative of his growth, and of his many, many tangents, as a musician.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Blue Record is, in sound and spirit, satisfying metal painted with broad strokes and big gestures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This is what we’ve been waiting for; we always knew they could do it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's in the zealous craftsmanship of doing just about everything right and causing that aggregate rightness to harmonize in vibrant song about trying to be better that the truth becomes evident: this band is for real.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Teen Dream is just such a fantastic pop record because it never seems to try to be: it’s almost as if the duo had intended to make another mopey shoegazing affair and accidentally stumbled upon something transcendent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    CUD aren’t the first or best among many, but what you can hear when you listen to Boca Negra--in addition to a really excellent neo-jazz record--is the sounds of a band improvising while actually not really improvising. They’re unconsciously pulling from something rich and energetic and fundamental to the way we appreciate music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The starburst drum-fills, the jackknife stabs of guitar, the vocal melodies bronzed with catchiness-all of it soars, nodding at vitality, as though the aesthetics of joy might, if stressed enough, smother sadness until it's finally gone for good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Swans always understood better than most post-punk bands that the crushing, wall-of-sound repetition pioneered by Glenn Branca could be taken to its logical, nihilistic extreme in rock-n-roll.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I'm elated to report that Zonoscope is a more than worthy successor to Colours, adhering to the tried and true follow-up formula of introducing just enough new wrinkles to their method to keep the proceedings from being a rehash, but containing plenty of the rapturous pop hooks that drew us to them in the first place.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Sometimes, in the wrong mood, Tomboy can come across as eleven great songs chipping away at each other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Street Halo shows his commitment to his music both by tweaking it and sticking to the formula. It still makes him capable of bridging the brutal and the delicate. Only experienced crisis negotiators can say that.