Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 3,418 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Prisoner
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
3418 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A fascinating look at a day in the life of an artist at his absolute pinnacle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even if the method of delivery is not the most effective, it’s a positive thing for both artist and listener to be pushing further, trying harder, and exploring uncomfortable, new terrain. Ignoring that would be a mistake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Soft Sounds… isn’t quite as playfully subversive as Zauner’s big-rig guitar solo on “Everybody Wants to Love You”, but her work as Japanese Breakfast continues to draw its energy from transgressing both the expectations of herself and her audience.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’ll make you remember that weird, wistful emotion that isn’t quite sadness but isn’t quite anything else, either. Because, while their music may sound as fresh as ever, American Football’s message these days is clear: time takes everything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Refractory Obdurate sounds a clamorous warning that something is nigh. Rather than a direct message, Edwards offers only a shatter of brimstone pieces.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Magma might not be the album fans were expecting, but it’s really not about them. The Duplantiers had to make this album for themselves. We are the fortunate witnesses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    All of this is more fun than a politically charged hardcore album has any right to be.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Emotion rolls out banger after banger, all while sustaining a remarkable level of complexity and compassion for everyone in Jepsen’s solar system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Their final record is fittingly cyclical, beginning in the death of love and ending in death alone, full of transportive moments and beauty along the way. And though there may never be another Dillinger Escape Plan record, this one is perfectly suited and deserving of massive replays to come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unbreakable ends perhaps a bit too tidily with “Well Traveled” and “Gon B’ Alright”, the latter a gospel-flavored anthem in the key of Sly and the Family Stone. But they barely dent her best effort since The Velvet Rope.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Compton’s 16 tracks ebb into each other cohesively.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sure, Hills End peaks fairly early, but the album plateaus in a way that’s inviting, comfortable, and better yet, quite addicting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The second half of the album--a more compelling collection of singles--clarifies its darker themes while remaining upbeat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Their dulcet, vintage tones intoxicate and overwhelm the senses, while the cutting lyrics set the table for a thoroughly emotional listening experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Making pain sound pretty and poetic is a tough tightrope to walk, but Kozelek once again takes all the right steps.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Mutant unfurls like a singular body, and its nuanced empathy with the shame and horror and joy of corporeality makes it an enthralling piece to experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    By peeling back the layers of his persona, Ghersi breaks himself down in an attempt to find rebirth, trying to reconcile with his past and present. The result is his most daring and enthralling record yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Goodness does more than remind of existence, it makes the promise of a new day, and even the everyday, feel more alluring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s this fusion of generations that partly makes Loud Bash such a fresh and exciting record. There’s plenty of Replacements hero worship going on with the loud, tumbling arrangements and sweeping vocal hooks, but that’s what being a teenager is all about.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His development extends beyond just his writing. Pusha picks a wide-ranging group of thumping beats from noted rap greats like Kanye West, Q-Tip, Metro Boomin, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and most effectively, Timbaland.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Semper Femina does not reach the soaring intensity and edged elation of Once I Was an Eagle, nor does it carry almost any of the freaked-out electricity that propelled Short Movie and allowed it to stand as a worthy successor to Eagle. But it is a strong, elegant, and self-assured album that, in its creative arrangements and lyrical world building, contains remarkable complexity and depth in terms of both skill and concept.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Wild is a worthy addition to Raekwon’s extensive discography and should comfortably take a position near the top of most fans’ lists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In under 30 minutes, Next Thing proves that honesty can go a long way, and vulnerability, contrary to its temporariness, goes even longer.