Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,628 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 Channel Orange
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
2,628 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They’ve always done an exceptional job of bucking irony and sticking to their own earnest agenda, and this latest effort is no different; you’d be hard-pressed to find anything within a stone’s throw of a radio hit among these nine tracks, but you will find a smooth, almost flawlessly cohesive whole.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is a moody, angry, and soulful export from what modern anthropology insists is a happy-go-lucky area--Denmark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    When you listen to 1000 Forms of Fear and hear the real pain in her beautiful, guttural vocal hiccups, it doesn’t feel like a voyeuristic experience but, rather, like an old friend’s new hurting or your own past mistakes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Alvvays has legitimately great songs, boasting sharp lyrics, comforting arrangements, and tics that give their music personality that can’t happen too deliberately.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    LP1
    LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite its title, which could suggest some sort of nostalgic exercise, Experiments in Time succeeds because it’s not concerned with channeling any particular time whatsoever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    All of these techniques--the streamlined mixing, the honeycombed harmonies, the poppy sci-fi synths--build a sonic unity made all the more bright when surrounded by the irreverent lyrics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Part of the success of After the End lies in its seamless and smart sequencing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Channeling profound loss, once-buried emotions, and a stronger sense of songwriting, these Staten Islanders have created something cathartic, life-affirming, and important.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His new album and second with Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, The No-Hit Wonder, is brimming with vivid and infectious songwriting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Mean Love is all about precision, be it in the form of a buttery vocal hook, an elastic bass line courtesy of Ish Montgomery, or a poignant lyric co-written with Greg Lofaro. In other words, it feels like this journeyman has finally arrived.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though the overall sound of Ryan Adams may be a mask, hiding lyrics that are every bit as heartbroken, confused, lost, and struggling as ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The resulting sound pieces are still intricately weird and weirdly intricate, and if Anchor sacrifices some of the hushed intimacy of a Books record (see: Zammuto’s self-consciously rock delivery on “IO” or the raw and lurching snare sound on the great “Sinker”), it retains the promise that anything, and any sound, is momentarily possible within these musical boundaries.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    James has primed the Aphex Twin for its next metamorphosis--one that has promised to be more combustible than the beats that ground SYRO.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He’s proven mastery over his craft and shown that he can work with just about anyone and still put out some of the best product on the market.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s rich in slow-burning ambiguity, and it may be vibrant and clean, but it doesn’t entice dialogue quite the same way his past albums have.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This album doesn’t change the Melvins narrative, but it’s certainly enjoyable, big, and full of muscly, headbanging jams.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album flows as if it were a mixtape of Rice songs to a former lover.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Faith in Strangers is more than an album that comes to life. It details life from the inside out, focusing on each movement’s innards rather than its outer coat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    First Demo is a remarkably cocksure case study of a landmark act planting its earliest musical seeds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Nick and Amy’s marriage may be unraveling to the tune of a dark ambient nightmare, but fear not: The cinesonic union of Fincher, Reznor, and Ross is stronger than ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His wordplay, comparable to his friend Ab-Soul’s, remains integral to his approach, but here he’s more personal and purposeful than he was on his mixtapes, rapping about rapping but also lamenting the realities of being young and black in America.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If You’re Reading concentrates the anger pocketed within NWTS’ moodiness. The result is more thrilling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A Distant Fist Unclenching is Krill’s oddball medium between the poppy joy of Alam No Hris and the table-flipping hopelessness of Lucky Leaves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fantasy Empire will reward longtime listeners and draw in new fans simultaneously, a heady accomplishment for a couple of dudes bashing away at their instruments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For Walker, it’s about breathing life back into ’60s folk until it bursts with springtime charm, and Primrose Green is 2015’s ultimate encompassment of that sound.