Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,352 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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
2,352 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its mischievous and fun with an undercurrent of sadness--definitely a charming release to add to their catalog.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record that is both magical and heartbreaking, Past Life Martyred Saints looks to be a beautiful start for Anderson, who has a small handful of live shows set up for the summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album containing 10 diverse songs--all performed with near immaculate precision--that reward with repeat visits.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Mountains deservedly rose to prominence with the critical acclaim of 2009′s Choral, then Air Museum should cement that praise. This album is a serious triumph.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, the band focuses on building atmosphere and creating interesting soundscapes rather than high-volume noise. This is rare: quiet Boris.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cloud Control's lyrics may not be revolutionary, but that isn't the point of Bliss Release. It is a demonstration of truly versatile, fresh talent, a debut full to the brim of completely absorbing, compelling songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Elected's pop sensibilities are in full throttle for 42 minutes of glistening '70s AM bliss that never sacrifice the thoughtful melancholia that has always characterized Sennett's lyrics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buzzo will be Buzzo, the Melvins will be the Melvins, and we will all have to either love it or stop caring. But with more consistently impressive performances like this, it'll probably be the former.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if Suck it and See didn't shape up to be as fine an album as it proves to be, the quartet behind it deserve major credit for their ensuring that any conversation about them has to do, first and foremost, with their music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For Jay Reatard's followers, this is a great chance to look back in the past and discover where his music started and, with the benefit of hindsight, see how it evolved. It may not win over any new fans, but the ones who followed Reatard's career should be pleased with Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis, Here's the Reatards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slinky, sultry, sophisticated--the multidimensional Dengue Fever will make love to your inner indie rocker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The missteps of narrative are easily paved over by the energy, power, and fun of the music. As such, rather than feeling constrained or overwrought, this is a concept album where you can forget the concept for a while and just dive right in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    How long before the next Vek release remains to be seen, but Leisure Seizure will be stuck in your head long after you quit listening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Errant Charm is, on the whole, immensely successful – a venture outside of a comfort zone, a triumph for an artist who has consistently put out quality music only to be instantly likened and compared to a list of formidable influences, and an excellent soundtrack to hazy summer days and introspection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there's still a sense of DIY sound on Sun and Shade, the focus of the music has a much more communal feel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By taking a few risks that work and doing what they do best--but doing it better--The Coathangers have given us their best album yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manically projectile vomiting his incomprehensibles over reverb-drenched warm tones, the guy makes Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner sound like Adam Levine. He's yelling something fierce, even if we can't understand it. But the instrumentation is dynamic, powerful, and accessible enough to balance things out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is an air of melancholy that cloaks her work, from The Saga of Mayflower May (2005) to Songs III: Bird on the Water (2007) to Little Hells (2009), and her self-titled record is no exception.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sound Kapital exemplifies form mirroring content and vice versa. The electro-industrial synthesizers and drum machines convey the Handsome Furs' lyrical convictions better than the band's earlier, less bombastic combinations of synths and guitar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a certain magic in being able to shake your booty to music with heavy themes, and YACHT nails that duality perfectly here, whether they're discussing God, love, or the space-time continuum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While all of that emotional corruption may still tear their home planet apart, this trip-hop intergalactic train has reached its slice of space jazz heaven.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the musicians on Rave On Buddy Holly run such a gamut that it's hard to dispute Buddy Holly's continuously far-reaching influence in music. At the same time, if these songs weren't on a covers album, it would be easy to mistake them for a Lou Reed original or an old Modest Mouse track.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while logically such vast variation should produce a choppy outcome, the album proves to be quite fluid on the whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He has incorporated some New Wave signposts, with a little melancholy disco, constantly refining what might be the right kind of landscape for his deeply yearning, compelling vocal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may not be as primal as Street Horrrsing, or as concise as Tarot Sport, Blanck Mass's self-titled debut packs the same sort of punch, and that punch is one that goes directly to the gut.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The leaner songwriting on Ascension could very well best Conqueror if it weren't for the scratchy production (why do the drums sound ratty, the synths sound tinny and everything else really seamless?), but it's still Broadrick's best Jesu record since then.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, the album can amount to aural overload. If there's an album that calls for a breather between listens, it's this one. But, taken individually, this is an unbelievable collection of songs that will be finding their way onto mix CDs and iTunes playlists for a long time to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the blood-curdling yells in which the anonymous MC delivers lines about dead cops and human sacrifice, to the positively chilling Charles Manson sample that begins the album, Exmilitary is the real deal, the absolute extent of your parents' worst nightmares when you came home with your first rap album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Friedberger has a way of nearly speaking her vocals. With Last Summer, this works to her advantage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some could argue that the Cool Kids abandoned their original minimalism on When Fish Ride Bicycles. However, they've contemporized their old-school influences for a wider audience. By incorporating both well-known names and lesser-known artists, the Cool Kids are finally in a position to get major exposure.