cokemachineglow's Scores

  • Music
For 1,745 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 97 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 2 Rain In England
Score distribution:
1,745 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    What makes the album so gigantic is how intensely unique the state’s identity becomes filtered through one man.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each song is either a seismic death rattle or aftershock.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Ghost succeed so magnificently... is how the directness, the openness of the lyrics in general, is so beautifully matched to the damaged music, which is itself rife with symbolism and meaning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they said.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get Behind Me Satan marks the point where The White Stripes music has finally become as charismatic and mysterious as its creators.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I think Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the album of this year and maybe of the next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OOIOO transforms what could be mush into wonderful, brilliant songs that fold and mutate the ideas they’re based on into moving and coherent narratives.
    • 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).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deerhood vs. Evil is just simultaneously astounding and utterly familiar, correct, and right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kaputt is the sound of an artist released from his back catalogue and his own notions of how a song should be sung, or written. It is a mighty, mighty piece of work and really worth celebrating. In my mind, this is Destroyer's best album yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a majestic, ambitious record, and the best thing an already incredible band has ever released. The rest is noise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a stubborn, patient sharpening of their craft.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The line between cheese and accessibility can be thin, and whistling or handclaps or a hidden track or an overt songwriting method can all reek, but Friend and Foe has, just as ostensibly, no wasted space. The hinge is in the balance the band manages with every inkling of sound or production seeming both spontaneous and stultifying, both labored-over and cast off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Although there are a couple of failed tracks--like the tediously slow 'The Turn'--most of this stuff is groundbreaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is the best music Jay-Z can make as a human--at least by my (his) definitions of what he (we) can do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Nearly 1700 words and I still feel like this record's left me speechless. That's an epiphany to cherish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    At Mount Zoomer is a tremendous success.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This variation in the songcraft amid absolute adherence to a predetermined aesthetic attests to the band’s ability to craft a well-paced, engaging arc, an album as much attuned to its coherency as it is to being a springboard for a few spectacular singles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While Skitter on Take-Off is a great album, At the Cut is a brilliant one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    These songs are great expanses, sprawling and glorious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Strange Mercy is Clark's most tense, nauseous, kaleidoscopic album yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    New History Warfare has enough range that it seems to have opened up a whole new fanbase that might otherwise have no interest in avant-garde music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With Julia Holter, with this profound and inexhaustibly gorgeous album, we can transcend our own transcendence and find the greatest bliss in the joyful renunciation of what makes us us.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In The Idler Wheel's ten phenomenal songs, Fiona Apple seems to lay everything out on the table.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Out of the Shadow remains one of the most promisingly straight-forward indie-rock/pop debuts since Oh, Inverted World.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Woman King is the sound of Iron & Wine becoming a band; the sound of a singer-songwriter taking that all-important step forward; the sound of a group refusing to slip into the trap of staleness and homogeneity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Arular beats out most everything I’ve heard this year in terms of creativity, energy, dance-ability and fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tonally and lyrically somewhere between L. Cohen, Aidan Moffett and David Berman, Berringer's cynical, world-worn love-letters and resigned croon work perfectly with the band's rock steady rhythm-section.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tender Buttons feels more urgent and alive than anything Broadcast has ever recorded.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Feels takes the Collective in an exciting new direction, creating the kind of record that expands on the group's less esoteric strengths while also pushing their sound forward.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    One of his strongest and most focused albums to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    FaCE manages to be new, fresh and experimental while still retaining the listenability of much of Pollard’s seemingly never-ending canon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Simply put, in 2006, My Life is a timeless evaluation of Assimilation, sometimes harmless, sometimes bleak, but consistently absorbing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The music beneath Cookie Mountain is an earthquake of nearly generation-defining proportions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The melodies are entrancing, made even more intriguing by their submergence within the reverb, together resulting in an album whose scope and sound are impossible to ignore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All of its tracks are kila kila killer.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is not just music that I believe, in the sense that it is credible, but this is music to believe in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Quaristice--the band’s 9th full length, with about as many EPs--is probably the best album Autechre could have created at this point in their career.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A lock for most promising debut of '08.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Micachu’s album has all the markers of quirky chic--an unusual voice, a fairly well-known producer, and a distinctive approach centered around pastiche.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    He’s filled his abdicated spot with greater authority than ever before, patched up the walls punched in from Ghostface’s temper tantrums and assured us that villian-rap’s appeal will remain evergreen as long as it infused with this genius, this wild idiocy, these manic flights of syllabic invention.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s a sophisticated work, delicately and meticulously crafted, and its effete pleasantness lends itself as well to "Late Night" performances as "New Yorker" coverage.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
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    The album's explication of its own interest in contrast and conversation is perhaps its greatest virtue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The real nuggets of the album, however, lie in the moments when the inherent melancholy behind Hart’s doe-eyed mysticism comes out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It feels self-contained, wholly its own, and this is what allows it to hold up such a pristine and vast mirror to the scenes that surround it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    XXX
    XXX is something much more complex, challenging, and rewarding than a dirty joke.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Visions is exactly what it sounds like: it's an aesthetic and conceptual vision, one utterly unique to Boucher, and it's both strange and satisfying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With El-P's help, Killer Mike has produced his first unquestionably great Album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    El-P's always been ahead of the curve but Cancer for Cure isn't valuable for its prescience so much as its currency of the now and the way it unites rap head nostalgia for the future beats of the past with the beats of the present.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Everything that makes Shackleton's sound a singular one is on proud display through this extensive compilation of new material.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It is the best Swans live record in that it distills the essential loss of agency one is meant to endure as best as two little discs can manage.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Om certainly absorb religious images from every corner of the Old World with a certain reckless abandon, but despite a wandering path that would find most lost in appropriative disrespect, it all seems to melt effortlessly together into the band's unique tapestry of the void.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We adore this album and are pretty sure most of you will, too.