Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,456 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:
2,456 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With music from the nerdy recesses of his mind, to a triumphant release that happily displays some of his more off-center offerings, Adams continues to be a presence in music, this year and beyond.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is in many ways what you'd expect from a new Wire album. It has so many pieces of their signature sound; it has the reinvention, the added textures, and ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The balance of scenery and sins as well as some jangly guitar work from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and the glassy background pipes of Gillian Welch render The King Is Dead a middle-of-the-road record, a pleasant, introspective stroll through the cottonwoods whose creaky comfort gets The Decemberists out of their comfort zone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, The Party Ain't Over proves to be a bold success.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's got hooks and noise, songs to dance to and songs for fighting. The lineup change isn't the cause of this, though; instead, it's just further proof that Moor, Bornefeld, and Hessels were just as important and powerful as Sok in the band's mixture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This new record is nothing surprising. It's everything that you'd expect. Right out of the gate, the message is clear: It is who it is, giving us a band, and an album, full of confidence and bruises. Yet by just being who it is, the music works, and, rightfully so, doesn't need to prove anything to anyone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a striking snapshot of a band on top of their ever-evolving game, with a fair amount of surprises thrown in for good measure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Broken Dreams Club may only be an EP, but if it's any indication of the future of the band, then Girls will sophomore soar, rather than slump.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs are rarely exciting in their movement and few listeners will hear the album as more than just a good debut, but like The Velvet Underground and The Smiths, some styles never go out of style.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is second to none on this album, truly, and is only made more potent with wildly imaginative lyricism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Okay, so how do they still fare? With The King of Limbs, reasonably well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fluorescence represents equilibrium between the noise and energy of the first two albums and the dreamier soundscapes of Hush, while simultaneously refining the sound to the point where it is something distinctly Asobi Seksu's. More than merely going strong after four studio albums and two live releases, Asobi Seksu is better than ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much of what makes Return to the Ugly Side a success is its sincerity to the duo's source material.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Shapeshifting, their first album for Paper Bag Records, Young Galaxy have found a sound that lives up to McCandless's compelling voice (it seems Ramsay has been reduced to a secondary role, save for opener "The Angels Are Surely Weeping"), and it provides an overall sensation very unlike their first two attempts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing innovative here, per se, but what exactly did you want from the Dropkick Murphys? Oh, that's right: a party.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wounded Rhymes offers a less atmospheric soundscape with more percussion alongside organs and frequent layered harmonies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a wonderful record of a musician and songwriter in his prime, but one that requires a willingness to go on a ride, with an open mind and a willingness to have some fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond the elaborate prose, the songs are outstanding and full of an energy that combines careful technique with rousing jams. Dead Reckoning is a unique and wild experience, one that's not to be passed up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Living With Yourself is a wistful affair brimming with fondness and solemnity for the characters and stories that dot McGuire's life to now.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fiasco's quite skilled at making catchy what is inherently a message many don't want to hear. He's at his most blatant, though, when he mixes his unique voice for the truth with emotional sentiments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like 36 Chambers adheres to a concept formula, as does Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang, relating the tale of ninjas and swords to gangstas and guns, and even without RZA, sustaining the notion that is the Wu.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All comparisons aside, Collapse Into Now is one heck of an album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Last track aside, Light Science ends up being purely genius. The instrumental rock is fresh and unique, a brilliant light amidst all of the other dull groups who are generating "the same old thing."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Colors showcases a band who knows exactly who they are and feels completely comfortable in their sound, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible for a two-piece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Angles, The Strokes' long awaited fourth LP, stands as the group's most eclectic album to date.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's about as Death Metal as folk can get, without even touching the genre remotely, if that makes any sense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They definitely sound like more of a band now, merging their despairing lyrics and indie pop demeanor with an alternative grunge that's certainly worthy of praise, perhaps even more now than ever before.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rolling Papers may be Wiz Khalifa's studio debut and his breakthrough record, but as far as mainstream rap goes, it's far from it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's by turns soft and loud, gentle and harsh, humanistic and totally machine. And it's very, very danceable. It's the album you were hoping Daft Punk would write last time, only Daft Punk didn't write it-but they did score a major assist from their friends here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Compared to 2008's Midnight Bloom, Blood Pressures sheds the more pop beats and synthetic sounds and embraces a more simplistic, almost vintage-y blues punk hybrid.