Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 3,371 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 This Is Our Science
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
3371 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though it’s Built to Spill’s first album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy and it features a new lineup, Untethered Moon sits right at the band’s musical sweet spot: tight webs of guitar, knotty at places and dangling in the breeze elsewhere. But that reduction to the physical belies the melancholic streak in Martsch’s evocative phrases.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Guppy lures you in with fine-crafted honey, before blindsiding you with a sudden downpour of vinegar (or piss, take your pick). This is why they call it “power pop.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Adore Life is many things, but the thing it feels most like is a celebration. On one level, it’s a celebration of the fact that guitar-driven rock music is probably here to stay. But it’s also a celebration of life at its strangest, messiest, and most vital.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Deep in the Iris feels like Braids’ turn toward the accessible, but it doesn’t jettison the genre tricks they used to indulge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This album is not like anything they have ever done, and gives music fans reason to be thankful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether working in strands of hip-hop, house, funk, or whatever next might come to mind, there’s something inherently glowing about his beats. All those genres are jammed together into a single album, just like they are within Celestin; he finds joy and fun in them all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Listening to Swans is an exhausting process to be sure, but it’s rewarding in its self-analysis; you might not leave entirely sure of yourself, but you’re sure as hell more in touch with the inner workings of the mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overall, Do It Again feels like an exploration for all involved, and even manages to address gender politics in discreet but intriguing ways.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Future’s sophomore LP is a raw interpretation of his heartfelt musings filtered through an audio processor and laid bare at the intersection of trap rap and synth R&B. It’s a fascinating foray into alternative trap that ambitiously pushes the limits of self-expression and transmission.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If You’re Reading concentrates the anger pocketed within NWTS’ moodiness. The result is more thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Teens of Denial takes its power from its absence of blind spots, its lack of Freudian suppression. Toledo looks long at himself and us, a sort of nauseous survivor of modernity. Sometimes just the looking itself is enough.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The record’s impromptu release was surprising; that Star Wars delivered on all of the excitement surrounding it is anything but.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These songs aren’t for everyone, but they stand as some of the most fearlessly created music of the year--even if Brown sometimes sounds petrified for his life.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The record surges without slowing down, expanding without adding burden. Moreover, it proves that, out of the old class, Kreator are among the strongest, crushed not by ego or commercial temptations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired elevates its words with sharp, aware, and plush instrumentation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes Dodge and Burn such a terrific and complete listen is how much ground it effectively covers and how furiously it does so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes The xx and I See You so enthralling, then, may not be a particular combination of lyrics and melodies, but the notion that there’s a secret life playing out here--one we may not be entirely privy to, but one that still rings with the sound of truth in all of its complexities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With 12 songs that clock in at under 30 minutes, You’re Gonna Miss It All is a brisk listen that only lags once or twice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    LUH’s debut is certainly over-the-top, and purposefully so. Hoorn and Roberts strive for catharsis repeatedly and find it. They avoid the placid, disillusioned platitudes that can befall music like this, earning the catharsis they strive for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The band sounds like they’re having fun, and humor is such a scarcity in the super serious realm of modern metal. Deeper Than Sky is fun to listen to, like the carefree thrash of old.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While there is nothing groundbreaking about Blind Spot, there doesn’t need to be. It sounds like Lush in 1994, right at the top of their game. Truly the only complaint is that there are only four songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It is an album you should breathe, if only for one play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Are You Alone?, as its title suggests, is an incredibly personal experience, one that benefits from conversing with Welsh as much as he is with you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Asperities conveys a similar sense of place [as previous albums] without ever explicitly detailing where it’s set or why, allowing the listener to envision their own wrinkles stretched over Kent’s richly drawn skeleton.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Telefone shows a great sense of promise and complex beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Levi expertly evokes the story and emotion even without any visual cues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For those who have paid close attention to the band’s evolution, it seemed inevitable that he would get to this point. Accordingly, A Corpse Wired for Sound feels like a culmination.