Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,426 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 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
2,426 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whichever route you choose, one thing remains unflinching: this album is guaranteed to please.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album that makes you sad that it's not longer; sad that it can't just go on forever. This sentiment alone should indicate the caliber of album Fleet Foxes have created in Helplessness Blues.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Director's Cut can be seen as new work, because some of these songs are very different to their earlier versions in tone and scale; both sets of work are equally brilliant, but here there is even more clarity of purpose,
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a shoo-in for being a timeless great, no matter what we say. Vernon's got the magic touch. But it's lacking that original sense of urgency that flowed so freely in and out of For Emma, making it so genuine and so incredibly listenable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their sense of naked honesty makes them so vulnerable that it is hard to believe they put it down on record, but that is part of their intriguing beauty; their willingness to fall is because they are pushed by the hands of true experience, and they also create the softest of musical landings for themselves and us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Between doing more of the same old goodness and boiling everything down to its most essential lethality, Beyoncé also makes room on the album for more grandiose tracks that would sound right at home in Broadway musicals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While instrumental, the recurrent use of a glistening fanfare motif, present across the album's six tracks, gives these pieces a much stronger sense of cultural and biographical identity than most vocal music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every number attempts something at least a little differently, and succeeds for the most part.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At this point in their career, Loewenstein and Barlow had found the perfect balance between their creative powers, and it shows quite brightly on Bakesale. To that end, any amount of extra proof that Sebadoh can dig up to prove that point should be welcomed happily.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the bonus disc full of rare goodies, this remastered version of Lifes Rich Pageant is required listening.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Equal parts futuristic space jazz fusion and hip-hop that does well to bridge the seemingly disparate corners of Thundercat's sprawling resume, Apocalypse is one of those rare modern jazz records that's remarkably unpretentious without having to cheapen the daunting complexity jazz is noted for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With each album, her willingness to push the envelope in both halves of the equation grows, as if she trusts her audience to in turn trust her enough to follow her further along the path.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's use of vocal samples, something less prevalent on Resurgam, feels incredibly fresh, and produces some of Fever Dream's best moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Biophilia is hardly easy listening, even by Bjork's challenging, outlandish standards, there's little doubting it'll stand as one of the more rewarding albums of her storied career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Going back to the well is generally frowned upon, but given the depth of Waits' well and the crispness and vitality drawn from it on Bad As Me, it hardly seems to warrant criticism that he has chosen to rummage through his past and revisit what he never had the heart, or mind, to throw away.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically and lyrically, Achtung Baby sounds as fresh and relevant as it did 20 years ago.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Parallax a fully realized album is, in contrast to its compact musicality, the expanses and voids Cox explores.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part Lies is a goodbye to the fans who have been around for years but a hello to those who missed out the first time 'round. And that is all truth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gambino can really rap. Scratch that; he can really, really rap, plus sing and emote and put on a show better than 90% of his hip-hop counterparts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While looking for 50 Words For Snow, she has found 50 other original ways to express herself effortlessly, creating another intriguing piece of work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's pretty impossible to be disappointed with the result here: crisp remastering of the original 10 songs, plus 18 Gish-era tracks, demos and live versions, many of which are being released officially for the first time here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection captures a beautiful set from a legendary group that remains vibrant and continues to look forward into the future.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The service Temporary Residence Limited have done in making these nearly lost classics available again is downright admirable, turning out a set that's a must-have for post-rock fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Attack on Memory, Baldi's never felt more alive or more authentic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all of the weirdness, this is a band that deserved to have their story told, to receive mass attention rather than merely cult status, and this box set should achieve that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dedicated to the late Vic Chesnutt, Mr. M will stand as one of Lambchop's finest, most cohesive, and easiest straight-through listens yet, despite its intermediate tendencies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sleigh Bells take one of the most confident and surefooted steps forward a band could take for a follow-up album, eschewing the storied sophomore pitfalls in favor of a sharper, fuller sound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sweet Heart, Sweet Light covers a broad aural spectrum from surrealistic haze to outward pop and as such, is some of Jason Pierce's and Spiritualized's best material since Ladies and Gentlemen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Icky Mettle before it, reminds modern listeners of just how unhinged their sound was, especially when compared to those that came after them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Kill For Love, it almost feels like the man's true thesis, as if he's strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive.