Consequence of Sound's Scores

For 3,257 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 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 10 BAYTL
Score distribution:
3257 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The remastered mixes highlight how incredibly complex the arrangements were originally, a testament to the true magnitude of Led Zeppelin’s vision all those years ago.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Basement Tapes Raw, like the original ’75 release, blends brilliant performances with pure curiosities. What’s remarkable, though, are how many beautiful, emotionally daunting moments came into being during these rather informal sessions.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes Rumours so remarkable and relevant is that it remains fragile and passionate 35 years later.... From a historical, archival standpoint, this package is extremely valuable, as Rhino left in the studio banter and rough cuts from the recording sessions; you get to overhear Fleetwood Mac as they make the record.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resounding with enchanting vocals, a distinctly dusk-singed ambience and a keen precision thanks to its percussion, Blue Lines transcends the spills onto the dance floor and tinny thumps from laptop speakers, possessing a cosmic ability to remain a masterpiece 21 years after its release.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While not the towering achievement of its brothers in numerology, Led Zeppelin III remains one of the great albums in rock and roll history, significant for its role in establishing the legend of Led Zeppelin that would become fact with Led Zeppelin IV.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The remastering of this album is a blessing to the careful compositions and mannered performances throughout the record.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Remastered by Page himself, this is the best digital version of Physical Graffiti available and the definitive way to hear the album if you don’t own a turntable.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Led Zeppelin I is a fantastic glimpse into the time capsule, a standing testament to rock pageantry.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kendrick can’t be Pac or know everything it took to be him, but he isn’t going to let doubts stop him from making groundbreaking music. With To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s never been more apparent that he’s doing just that and prepared to stride past any and all obstacles.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's more than enough here to disavow thoughts that this is a needless cash grab by Corgan.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's easy to lose yourself in the countless studio takes. Little gasps of pure genius here and there. The slow dissolution to it all. The echoes of things to come. It's a history lesson come to life, and that's part of the reason the collection here works so well.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    LZII could’ve used a live version or two to highlight the energy of the late ’60s--an era that remains especially mythical for those of us who weren’t there. As a two-disc set, though, this reissue is both a reminder of the original album’s wallop and a closer look at the alchemy of a band increasingly attuned to ideas of progression.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Black Messiah, D’Angelo has silenced any doubters and re-confirmed his invitation as the heir apparent to the R&B throne, whether he continues to refuse the honor or not.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In spite of everything that Oasis would become on record, on stage, in the tabloids, Definitely Maybe stands above it all.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twenty-one years later, Gentlemen remains as much an outlier as ever due to its unlikely fusion of sounds and uncompromising view that breakups are as much about anger and resentment as wallowing and pining. Listen to Gentlemen again, and you’ll find it’s all still “in our heart, in our heads, in our love, and in our beds.”
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As an artist, he needed to release the record in just this way in order to process his pain. Skeleton Tree was released for us, but it’s for him.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Come in expecting a mystical journey and take it for what it is--an hour-long, drug-infused jam--and you'll be pulled right in.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no question that this album is a game changer. It's Kanye West's greatest work.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If anything, the extras better inform the choices eventually made on the band's debut, highlighting just how great a record it turned out to be (since, basically, they'd been doing it from song one). Put simply, Icky Mettle is a gem of early '90s rock worthy of a place in the indie Smithsonian.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the bonus disc full of rare goodies, this remastered version of Lifes Rich Pageant is required listening.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It shows that the Some Girls era was, and remains, one of the most productive of the Stones' career.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically and lyrically, Achtung Baby sounds as fresh and relevant as it did 20 years ago.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lemonade marks Beyoncé’s most accomplished work yet. It is the perfect combination of the sharp songwriting of 4 with the visual storytelling acumen of her self-titled record. Here, we see Beyoncé fully coming into her own: wise, accomplished, and in defense of herself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunbather is a developed, mature, and, above all, an original statement that truly lives up to the unbelievable amount of hype it has earned.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Using his remaining time, he’s not only putting his house in order, he’s tidying up ours too. You Want It Darker prepares us for his departure and, in turn, shows us how it’s done, so we have a road map--pockmarked by land mines as it is--in place when we reach that stage.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though other recent interviews and richly realized tracks like those imply that Ocean's songwriting is just a vessel, his own devil is still in the details, and that's what makes his music compelling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The service Temporary Residence Limited have done in making these nearly lost classics available again is downright admirable, turning out a set that's a must-have for post-rock fans.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We now have an album from him so masterful that it'd be greedy to ask for much more.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The River Collection isn’t a glimpse of what could have been--it’s raw proof that The River sessions produced too many good songs for one album (even a double album) to contain.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By and large, We got it from Here… has the classic Tribe sound: a warm and crisp confluence of East Coast hip-hop, jazz, and more, all mixed and mastered impeccably. While some aspects of the sound are dated, others feel fresh.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By forsaking greatness, Stevens has unearthed a wonder altogether more tremendous than the one at the top of those towers he used to stack.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They’ve boiled their process down to its essentials, and No Cities to Love crams genius lyrics and hook after inescapable hook into just 10 tracks and 33 minutes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 2013 remix is a bit of a wash, if only because the album already sounded great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Coloring Book successfully channels the musical conventions of African-American church tradition without sounding dated or pastiche, the album also subtly chronicles black history and uses it as inspiration for artistic freedom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her biggest fans may prefer less direct writing, but it makes St. Vincent her most widely appealing album to date, an infectious work that doesn’t ever feel like a compromise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album like RTJ2 is rare. Decades from now, this album may just be revered as one of the best hip-hop records of our era, the total synchronicity of two talented artists reaching the apex of their prime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The challenge of teasing audience expectations and controlling an artistic persona would seem far greater. With this EP, twigs pulls it off expertly, fracturing and blurring her musical self.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The interludes are all derived from the same sonic template as the songs, so the borders between tracks can be hazy, giving the album a meandering feel. That said, ultimately there’s something refreshing about Solange’s dreary, almost funereal compositions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Idler Wheel succeeds in creating a singular world more daring than any of Apple's previous records and one of the most daring pop records in recent history.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As perfect as Illmatic is, there are plenty of crevices that can be explored and different musical avenues to test Nas’s verses/scriptures.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    To Be Kind does as much soul exposure lyrically as it does musically, Gira’s simple, howled lines finding the vein incredibly easily.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the no-bullshit lyrics and get-in, get-out nature of American Band work to make the band’s politics perfectly clear (at 47 minutes, it’s a contender for DBT’s shortest LP), it still has unique lyrical details that separate it from other protest music, even protest music of the loud and pissed-off variety.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Going back to the well is generally frowned upon, but given the depth of Waits' well and the crispness and vitality drawn from it on Bad As Me, it hardly seems to warrant criticism that he has chosen to rummage through his past and revisit what he never had the heart, or mind, to throw away.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Waiting five years to hear previously released tracks is worth it precisely because Radiohead finally feels connected enough to perform them with meaning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like Stephen Malkmus or Kurt Vonnegut, Barnett looks at the mundane with a skewed perspective, turning it over in her mind and transmogrifying it into something extraordinary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Vacation is an all-around solid effort, undeniably fun and would serve nicely as a soundtrack for the rest of summer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Minaj is fantastical and over-the-top, Haze is understated and raw.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All told, the story undun tells is sometimes chilling, often thrilling, and always illuminating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    So the blessing and the curse of Run the Jewels 3 is that it’s still a Run the Jewels album, a promise that every song is good, nothing is bad, and depending on your mood you’ll either bask in the lack of tempo changes, pulchritudinous song structures, and surprising hooks, or you’ll seek out a more colorful record.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The melodies are clearer, pushed up in the mix, given agency by their immediacy. The psych bits have earned an assured swagger, spiraling out from the center of songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is compelling and challenging from start to finish, a triumph of substance and style.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All We Love We Leave Behind stands tall within Converge's discography as yet another glowing example of how to make art out of aggression.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After Visions, the only thing Grimes could do was to grow as big as the landscape around her. Here’s her mountain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness doesn't need rose-colored lens for appreciation. The album's success still lies from all the stylistic risks the band assumed, especially in comparison to music other alternative bands were creating at the time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kindred as a whole is easily the most exciting Burial release since Untrue redefined dubstep way back in 2007.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The album works best as a single, unified listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    She doesn’t convey specific messages or exhaustively detail narratives, but to listen to each song on Have You in My Wilderness is to inhabit a feeling in all of its pain and all of its glory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Blackstar is a battle cry against boredom, a wide-eyed drama set in a world just beyond our scopes. It doesn’t get more Bowie than that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Navigating between crestfallen country ballads and rollicking rockers, Something More Than Free showcases Isbell’s musical diversity without sacrificing a pinch of lyrical precision.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    m b v creates a new timeline for My Bloody Valentine, and one that recalls the past in a broader and bolder light. They’re better for it, their catalog is stronger for it, and by album’s end, they’re still the best at swirling guitars.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although her bio insists that the narratives within the record aren’t intended to comment on gender roles, My Woman strikes down the notion that neither Olsen’s artistry nor her womanhood can be limited.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the first time in a long time, an artist riding on hype surfaced with an album that lives up to the very hype that lifted it. Better yet, in time, Blonde will surpass its hype. The album’s greatest feat is its ability to expand when it’s listened to in a new mindset, each reveal seemingly so apparent that you wonder how you missed it the first time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a consummate piece of work, and an evocative way to honor both personal and public history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album proves the singer’s will to catapult into greatness, standing as a testament to just how far a great front-person can push a tried-and-true formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite its heightened complexity, Too Bright still fosters an intelligible world where Hadreas can bridge the distance between his vulnerability and self-assuredness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album redefines Swans by gathering the best of its past and re-centering the music on impulse and interplay, built with a preternatural sense of how long to let a section develop before moving on to the next idea
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are fewer moments of complete chaos, giving over instead to more detailed-oriented dissections of experiences from puberty. While this might sound like dangerous territory for an artist who’s known for searing riffs and vicious live performances that include screaming into the pickups of her guitar, Mitski uses her voice to measure the slightest nuances within complex emotions.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Vulnicura is smooth and whole, even as its singer lies shattered.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There’s a rewarding quality to stumbling across a band that at least has the ambition to move beyond convention, even if the results don’t always strike an even keel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tillman’s writing, already literate and caustically funny, has progressed as well as his arrangements.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout Virgins, Hecker organizes things just a little bit off, pokes at it just enough to be unsettling, and then pushes things away just when they start to make sense. Music has so clearly affected him, and now he’s making sure it’s doing the same for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories proves that Daft Punk remain masters of their domain, who defend their array of superlatives because of, rather than in spite of, unconventional sound choices.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's pretty impossible to be disappointed with the result here: crisp remastering of the original 10 songs, plus 18 Gish-era tracks, demos and live versions, many of which are being released officially for the first time here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After one listen or 10, In Colour reflects brightly, a phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Weeknd have brought something much more, something much needed: something real. Kudos.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the bonus material is nice, they won't likely reinvent people's appreciation for the record, which is more or less foolproof as it is. But the reissue should call people's attention back to a record that, over time, has only grown in stature as one of the most vital and enduring musical statements of its era.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The music’s vision and beauty hold together regardless, a sturdy and unparalleled step of confidence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part Lies is a goodbye to the fans who have been around for years but a hello to those who missed out the first time 'round. And that is all truth.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is the best album for 2011, and not just the last two months.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We just get to experience the full potential and realization of her creativity, which fortunately encountered technology apt enough to record it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is music inspired by what you remember hearing as a kid from your parents’ and grandparents’ record collections, but it’s been made fresh and totally original again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Written for one lucky baby boy, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth also welcomes the unmarried, infertile, abandoned, and middle-aged with unconditional love. If Father’s Day is just another Sunday, let Simpson be your proxy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Are We There functions best as the portrait of an artist coming into her own, while hopefully putting some of her demons to rest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a shoo-in for being a timeless great, no matter what we say. Vernon's got the magic touch. But it's lacking that original sense of urgency that flowed so freely in and out of For Emma, making it so genuine and so incredibly listenable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 19 tracks burn and rampage, sure, but they're sure to leave you standing there, mouth agape, begging for more.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fay's songs sound as if they've simply been hanging out in the ether for all these years, just waiting to be put to tape.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Run the Jewels is the very synthesis of El-P and Mike’s shared admiration and cohesive worldviews, an effort of the purest collaboration and mutual understanding.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The success owes a good deal to the production, sparse and specific, and always in tune with Miguel's tenor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a lilting piano, soft strums, and the pats of a bongo at most, Once I Was An Eagle strips the art of Marling down to her barest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    His LP offers enough lyrical courses to chew through. What it lacks is minor and, given his immense talent, a tad comical: vocal delivery that follows through on the words’ emotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Icky Mettle before it, reminds modern listeners of just how unhinged their sound was, especially when compared to those that came after them.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At this point in their career, Loewenstein and Barlow had found the perfect balance between their creative powers, and it shows quite brightly on Bakesale. To that end, any amount of extra proof that Sebadoh can dig up to prove that point should be welcomed happily.