Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 2,856 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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
2856 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The challenge of teasing audience expectations and controlling an artistic persona would seem far greater. With this EP, twigs pulls it off expertly, fracturing and blurring her musical self.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Idler Wheel succeeds in creating a singular world more daring than any of Apple's previous records and one of the most daring pop records in recent history.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As perfect as Illmatic is, there are plenty of crevices that can be explored and different musical avenues to test Nas’s verses/scriptures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There’s little that’s playful inside Superunknown. It sounds more like Black Sabbath running for their lives, about to crack under the pressure, but then, at the last minute, escaping--and thriving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    To Be Kind does as much soul exposure lyrically as it does musically, Gira’s simple, howled lines finding the vein incredibly easily.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album winds up feeling like the first in Newsom’s catalog that won’t be considered a classic, but it’s proof that a sturdy, thought-provoking, and rewarding record doesn’t necessarily need to stand next to her past work to find its own greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like Stephen Malkmus or Kurt Vonnegut, Barnett looks at the mundane with a skewed perspective, turning it over in her mind and transmogrifying it into something extraordinary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Vacation is an all-around solid effort, undeniably fun and would serve nicely as a soundtrack for the rest of summer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Minaj is fantastical and over-the-top, Haze is understated and raw.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All told, the story undun tells is sometimes chilling, often thrilling, and always illuminating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The melodies are clearer, pushed up in the mix, given agency by their immediacy. The psych bits have earned an assured swagger, spiraling out from the center of songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is compelling and challenging from start to finish, a triumph of substance and style.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All We Love We Leave Behind stands tall within Converge's discography as yet another glowing example of how to make art out of aggression.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After Visions, the only thing Grimes could do was to grow as big as the landscape around her. Here’s her mountain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness doesn't need rose-colored lens for appreciation. The album's success still lies from all the stylistic risks the band assumed, especially in comparison to music other alternative bands were creating at the time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kindred as a whole is easily the most exciting Burial release since Untrue redefined dubstep way back in 2007.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes Cadillactica arguably his best full-length to date is that he’s never sounded more determined to chart every foot--or every layer of atmosphere--in between.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The album works best as a single, unified listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Navigating between crestfallen country ballads and rollicking rockers, Something More Than Free showcases Isbell’s musical diversity without sacrificing a pinch of lyrical precision.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a consummate piece of work, and an evocative way to honor both personal and public history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album proves the singer’s will to catapult into greatness, standing as a testament to just how far a great front-person can push a tried-and-true formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite its heightened complexity, Too Bright still fosters an intelligible world where Hadreas can bridge the distance between his vulnerability and self-assuredness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album redefines Swans by gathering the best of its past and re-centering the music on impulse and interplay, built with a preternatural sense of how long to let a section develop before moving on to the next idea
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    She doesn’t convey specific messages or exhaustively detail narratives, but to listen to each song on Have You in My Wilderness is to inhabit a feeling in all of its pain and all of its glory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Former Kanye mentor No I.D., DJ Dahi, and Clams Casino handle production on the album, but they work together with Staples so that the seams between the different dreams, hallucinations, memories, and nightmares don’t show.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Vulnicura is smooth and whole, even as its singer lies shattered.