Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 3,374 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 James Blake
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
3374 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lemonade marks Beyoncé’s most accomplished work yet. It is the perfect combination of the sharp songwriting of 4 with the visual storytelling acumen of her self-titled record. Here, we see Beyoncé fully coming into her own: wise, accomplished, and in defense of herself.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It shows that the Some Girls era was, and remains, one of the most productive of the Stones' career.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    m b v creates a new timeline for My Bloody Valentine, and one that recalls the past in a broader and bolder light. They’re better for it, their catalog is stronger for it, and by album’s end, they’re still the best at swirling guitars.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Led Zeppelin I is a fantastic glimpse into the time capsule, a standing testament to rock pageantry.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While not the towering achievement of its brothers in numerology, Led Zeppelin III remains one of the great albums in rock and roll history, significant for its role in establishing the legend of Led Zeppelin that would become fact with Led Zeppelin IV.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are fewer moments of complete chaos, giving over instead to more detailed-oriented dissections of experiences from puberty. While this might sound like dangerous territory for an artist who’s known for searing riffs and vicious live performances that include screaming into the pickups of her guitar, Mitski uses her voice to measure the slightest nuances within complex emotions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tillman’s writing, already literate and caustically funny, has progressed as well as his arrangements.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Because it’s loaded with guests, there’s a transparent curatorial awareness to Music Complete, one that’s surprisingly engaging and effective.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A Crow Looked at Me stands as a remarkable example of the restorative power of music, an intimate display of love, daring both in concept and execution.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    LZII could’ve used a live version or two to highlight the energy of the late ’60s--an era that remains especially mythical for those of us who weren’t there. As a two-disc set, though, this reissue is both a reminder of the original album’s wallop and a closer look at the alchemy of a band increasingly attuned to ideas of progression.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On “DNA.”, Kendrick slices himself down the middle, spills his guts, and mines the finer points of all of his moving parts over an 808-heavy production from Mike Will Made It. The combination may sound to purists like it should not work on paper, but it is absolute fire, and they reprise their magic again on “HUMBLE.” and “XXX.”, challenging rap’s own perceptions of itself and what value really boils down to from the Hot 100 to the underground.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The singing and melodies are massaged with a care unheard in the prior Drake discography; this album flows as improbably as The Life of Pablo, with more assured lyrics and smoother sequencing, to offset the lack of a certifiable genius at the helm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s something special, just like it was always planned to be.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Black Messiah, D’Angelo has silenced any doubters and re-confirmed his invitation as the heir apparent to the R&B throne, whether he continues to refuse the honor or not.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Using his remaining time, he’s not only putting his house in order, he’s tidying up ours too. You Want It Darker prepares us for his departure and, in turn, shows us how it’s done, so we have a road map--pockmarked by land mines as it is--in place when we reach that stage.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Each of the album’s 10 songs are fully formed and smartly rendered, but “Young Blood” stands out as the most jaw-dropping.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They’ve boiled their process down to its essentials, and No Cities to Love crams genius lyrics and hook after inescapable hook into just 10 tracks and 33 minutes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For 44 minutes, Mann slips into the skin of someone walking an emotional tightrope, and it’s an act she pulls of with grace and conviction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In Conflict is ominous, gloomy, and marked with some of the most playful arrangements Pallett’s laid to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album like RTJ2 is rare. Decades from now, this album may just be revered as one of the best hip-hop records of our era, the total synchronicity of two talented artists reaching the apex of their prime.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the stunning Burn Your Fire For No Witness, she deftly captures the terrifying dread of being in limbo, stuck in the sludge of a transitional period. But even with the existential doubt, the loneliness, and the angst, there’s still a resilient beacon of hope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As with anyone complaining of love lost between pleas for it to return, it begins to become tiresome — no matter how smooth your voice may be. But Blake manages to make a whopping 17-song album transition seamlessly, holding your attention thanks to a careful execution of space between those very keys.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After sees her returning, confidently, to her role as a modern-day pop experimentalist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Goon vocalizes a timelessness through the mouth of a man playing simply to start over, earnest as he’ll ever be--and getting to hear it from inside the practice room, not outside the door, makes all the difference.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the individual songs have peaks and purpose, the album winds up functioning on the same level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Expectations were exceedingly high for Grief’s Infernal Flower, and Windhand delivered a minor masterpiece and the best doom metal album of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Are We There functions best as the portrait of an artist coming into her own, while hopefully putting some of her demons to rest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is music that also stands on its own, a work by turns eerie and sparse, but also tinged in the warm nostalgia of bike rides at dusk and the loyalty of friends.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On record or in concert, Deacon offers escapism at its finest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s a chugging, nimble-footed affair, showing a matured and restrained group; no more eight-minute-plus pounding, slashing jams, replaced instead with a sense of clarity and focus, a driving, raw sonic thesis statement.