Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 3,130 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 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 This Is Our Science
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
3130 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Even with misgivings about the lack of length and focus, this mini-LP makes fairly clear that Adult Jazz are in a transitional state. Earrings Off! is too small to be called a sophomore slump, and it introduces new elements to the band’s repertoire that could easily play well with the best aspects of Gist Is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While Holy Fuck once felt like an absolute anomaly, it’s interesting to see that their brand of electronic music has become something of a trope. Even more interesting, though, is whether they’ll continue to push farther into dismantling that and forge into even newer territory. There are hints of it on Congrats, though that’s balanced by the feeling of too easily slipping into a familiar groove.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Good Times! is better than it needed to be. Unlike the tossed off albums by most legacy acts, there’s real heart and energy to this, not to mention some rather great tunes. But what it likely won’t do is connect The Monkees with a modern audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While it may not be her strongest album, it’s an interesting new direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    When retracing their steps to their well of alt rock tricks, Garbage will likely please plenty of longtime fans, all whilst developing new ways to clear the overgrowth on the path that’s grown since their last visit. However, much like Not Your Kind of People, they won’t win a ton of new fans here or prove that they’re trying a lot of new things.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’s exciting sonically, but deeply familiar. The emotions and sentiments cut harder than before. Though inconsistent, Smith both strikes harder and keeps his audience guessing more than ever before.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It won’t knock off the top spots from anyone’s Best of 2016 lists, but like a nice piece of candy, it works well as an occasional treat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A good, if standard, Melvins album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    case/lang/veirs is certainly a cut above whatever record is playing in your local Starbucks at the moment, but it’s also content to steer clear of grand statements in favor of something more real-life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The pop hooks may get repetitive from time to time, a fault much pop is guilty of, but the trio rework it to their favor when things slow down. For the first time in a long time, possibly a decade, Peter Bjorn and John sound best not when amping up a crowd, but when giving them a song to wave lighters in the air to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It will still be an acquired taste; not everyone feels in rapid fire triplets and fist pounding choruses, and some of it may play too heavily on nostalgia for those who grew up on records like these. But Diarrhea Planet draw from those familiar sounds and feelings to create something new and self-aware.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you prefer the full band version over the solo, chances are you’ll dip into Piano occasionally, pulling your favorite tracks out for personal playlists. If you gravitate toward the solo rendition, the complete piano might be your background music of choice during those long, post-dance party Uber rides of the soul.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Though it sometimes gets lost in its own sleepy sweetness, Why Are You OK finds just enough of those grand moments of simplicity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    BRONCHO slow down on Double Vanity, a pleasant movement in some ways. But like R.E.M.’s Monster, another one of those ambitious garage rock dalliances, the aesthetic is too dense, the result too one-dimensional.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The repetition of the word “mambo” over another messy beat fails to do much. There’s too much going on to really make much sense of what’s happening. Shadow quickly makes up for that with two of the most alluring tracks on the record. “Ashes To Oceans” features British jazz composer and trumpeter Matthew Halsall, providing a gorgeous contribution to the already haunting composition. On “Pitter Patter,” rain-fall piano notes permeate the track while producer Bleep Bloop and Nite School Klik associate/trap producer G Jones give it an ethereal feel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although Matsuzaki’s airy voice can be an acquired taste, overall, The Magic delivers fun pop melodies that require some patience. Rather than solely detailing a narrative, Matsuzaki also uses her words as rhythmic punctuation; that’s a key thrill of Deerhoof’s catalog, but can be a challenge to connect with.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Emotions and feelings are generated clearly, but more overt references to specific story elements (characters, settings, plot) would carry Otero War to another level. Otherwise, it’s hard to shake the notion that this sounds just like another breakup album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Blanco surprises by throwing this tattered voice over top synthesizer warbles and drum samples rather than brooding guitar--a cleaner, more lush take on the work he did in Headphones.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Yoncalla borrows heavily from the ‘70s and ‘80s while never seeming anything less than modern--but Yumi Zouma seem to have stumbled upon a formula that separates them just enough to pique interest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While it may be true that Forster and Thomas feel less essential than Lewis in the mix, it takes nothing away from what they’ve created together. Whether this surprise offering is the first of many or a one-off effort, NAF justifies its existence as more than a lark or an impulse by having a message and taking a chance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    These tracks have enough originality to further Araab’s run as a progressive producer and a consummate artist in his own right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As it is, Everybody Looking feels like a slight step up from Gucci’s prison mixtapes, but not the major step that a Free Gucci statement album might warrant.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Gone Is Gone plays smooth, finishes rough, and gets a little eccentric where it ought not to. Thankfully, the EP is far more good than bad.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Coming so quickly after The Album, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Europe doesn’t exactly mark a major reinvention for Jeremih. Some changes to his aesthetic might be in order; it can seem like he sings about sex and nothing else.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The five-night cherry-pickings are a fun listen, but Titus Andronicus need to make a descision: include properly ordered acts to squeeze the most out of The Most Lamentable Tragedy or include older hits to squeeze the most from a typical Titus Andronicus set. If the Jersey crew can make the slower numbers sound more amusing live, then maybe they can get back on track to find that original rebellion inside of them and, in turn, inside all of us.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As might be expected from a record this big with a rolodex this wide-ranging, Major Key is an absolutely mixed bag. Khaled utilizes full-speed-ahead intensity, big room trap, and syrupy R&B, all without leaving room to breathe. But then again, Khaled’s presence unifies Major Key.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At any point, the record feels like it could fall apart into a pile of guitar chords and digital code. But when it hits the sweet spot, the wobble is infectious and compelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Pivoting genres is no easy feat, and growing pains are expected and present. His knack for precision and developing lush arrangements on these eight songs proves that he’s more than up to the task.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This is an unpredictable album, thrillingly and engagingly so.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While Endless makes its visual implications clear, the whopping 18 tracks that soundtrack it muddle his intent.