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
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    SMiLE has arrived as incredible and ground-breaking a record as any of us could have hoped.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    White’s arrangements and production are simple and effective, clear without gloss.
    • 97 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A caterwauling hunk of avant-garde precision.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The collection is one of the best releases of 2006 because Tom Waits is one of America’s greatest living songwriters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Channel Orange is going to be the standard to beat for some time. And it might very well be the best R&B album of our young decade.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Cohen manages to find the happy (and probably most obvious) middle ground between his spare origins and the sheen of his later work with light, jazzy instrumentation, with the songs stretched out to allow for several solos and interludes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s melodramatic, yes, but the layers to the narrator of Home, Like Noplace Is There are vast. This guy cycles through a series of emotions, each feeling valid, each feeling like an appropriate result of confusion in the wake of a huge loss.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    She is what we say we want. The ArchAndroid is not my favorite album of the year so far, but it is undoubtedly the best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    This is an album you could easily hate -- especially if you like things like change and development.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    What makes the album so gigantic is how intensely unique the state’s identity becomes filtered through one man.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Modern Times is a record of both giddy songwriting peaks and overall uniformity, a record whose music ultimately delivers and enriches its well-bred messages of realism and religion, work and devotion, the certitude of decay and the decay of certitude.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is indeed a soaring achievement, one seemingly without missteps.... In fact, the only drawback of an album this expertly executed is its smoothness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In The Idler Wheel's ten phenomenal songs, Fiona Apple seems to lay everything out on the table.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Animal Collective keep getting better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it's not a truly inspiring album, it's nevertheless undeniably impressive.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Push Barman truly captures the trajectory of the band’s seven-year career in about two hours, and it does so in a way that does the band justice.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hypermagic Mountain absolutely trounces nearly every other act in its general stylistic area. Regrettably, however, the duo’s fourth album lacks the formal and emotional peaks and valleys that encourage listening and re-listening to albums in other less hectic and punishing genres.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Raekwon has not made a valid sequel to that classic--but he has quite validly added a couple hundred new bars to that performance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they said.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her progression in two short years, from the sonic scarcity of Tragedy to the evocative symphonic grandeur of Loud City Song, hints at a vision we are only beginning to see the full range of.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The record has more than its share of enjoyable moments, and more than its share of predictable "genius," but a seemingly new dread, a latent, sometimes crippling anxiety, lends the album a certain emotional edge, a hint of vulnerability, that is normally absent in the work of this Baddest of singer-songwriters.