Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,360 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 James Blake
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
2,360 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The collaborators' influences are visible, but not dominant, as Washburn's banjo remains central, striking a nice balance. Some fine tuning and vocal variation could make for a stellar follow-up to these new genre endeavors, but a return to her classics, for this immensely talented artist, would be equally as appreciated.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Cut the World is a successful experiment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Saves the Day puts the “pop” in pop punk, but it’s a sweet formula.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its ambrosial melodies and austere instrumentation edify his canon of work, which has long been rewarding for its risky sensibilities and perseverance. Yet that’s what makes Wakin so curious; it’s Vile’s most derivative record to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sea When Absent, too, is full of bliss, even if it’s too often sabotaged by an excess of ideas scattered on the page without room to breathe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The ten tracks here can feel a bit weighty when played in succession, especially with “Weightless” and “422” each running about a minute too long. The final three tracks (“Out of the Black”, “Dossier”, and “Everything”) go a long way to ease that issue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Janka holds the reigns here, expertly blending the warmth of his half-tuneless lyrics amid a mad swarm of instrumentation and voices. Still, the songs come across as a massive group effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her newest release, Pain is Beauty, takes listeners to the highest of highs, all thanks to Wolfe’s willingness to get low and descend even further into the gloom-hole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One has to dig deep and fight uphill to connect here, but that climb results in a rewarding, fascinating listen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Banga doesn't just preserve a petrified version of Patti Smith circa Horses; rather, it's fresh and innovative, albeit disjointed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Van Etten has all the right tools to make a great album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to Cronin's studio drummer, producer, and fuzz friend, Ty Segall, the record has plenty of dirt all over it, placing the overarching tone of the album somewhere between Velvet Underground's Loaded and The White Stripes' White Blood Cells.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now that the percussive elements are conspicuously absent, however, Actress requires a more thorough listen–and those that give it full attention will be rewarded with layers upon
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    AM
    Their music is suddenly sexier, no doubt a credit to Turner’s vision for AM, and continues to mature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a consistent intensity and power in Oh No's production.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slinky enough for the club, down-tempo enough for a rooftop soiree, Settle traverses boundaries and expectations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Morning Phase makes for an interesting return to form.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's still a worthy comeback for a band way past its prime, Researching the Blues is similarly only a few solid tracks away from greatness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Inheritors jumps and squeals and writhes and blossoms. It’s music that you can’t help but hear as if you were a kid again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is Nas' strongest album in 18 years and three months--yes, since his debut album Illmatic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s not as fun as 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga or 2005’s Gimme Fiction, but it’s just as punchy, while also sticking with the ambition that made Transference arguably so intriguing despite its muddled demeanor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the sharpest pain, the deepest hell can be survived, and Abandon is a reminder of that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cold Spring lives on contrast, on stitching together mismatched parts into living mutants. It’s less whole than Crooks & Lovers, less content with the lines drawn around it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wye Oak should be highly commended for expanding their already strong sound. Let's just hope they leave in a tad more of their younger selves next time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Punish, Honey moves forward powered by the tension between what it keeps hidden and what little it shows.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R Plus Seven might be the first album to crystallize the simultaneous joy and terror inherent in a life of constant connection and constant surveillance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Richly arranged, masterfully sequenced, and full of brooding, Push the Sky Away combines the stately beauty of The Boatman’s Call and No More Shall We Part with the intensity of Grinderman/Lazarus-era Cave while managing to sound like neither.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As always, Kinsella comes across as well-read, thoughtful, and concerned, reflecting the veteran musician’s early Cap’n Jazz days as much as his new fatherhood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether or not you’re willing to put in the time, Lese Majesty holds attention as soon as opener “Dawn in Luxor” kicks in. That’s plenty to like.