Consequence of Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 2,457 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:
2,457 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.”
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tillman’s writing, already literate and caustically funny, has progressed as well as his arrangements.
    • 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
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a consummate piece of work, and an evocative way to honor both personal and public history.
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unshackled, Yoakam casually eschews his established sound for new ones, and although these pop experimentations won't please country music fundamentalists or single-searching radio executives, Yoakam has legitimized himself as an artist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs have more personal bite and emotional density. They have a soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shields growls and purrs in ways Grizzly Bear has never before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
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    LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saadiq's genius spin on this sound is almost too fresh for its own good, occasionally finding itself in an over-indulgent state, but what's good about Stone Rollin' is great, as Saadiq succeeds in creating an album that almost any music listener can get into.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dr. John and Auerbach come together to capture a rich, evocative, almost apocalyptic party on Locked Down, an album that makes you dance while wondering about the state of the world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    By most accounts, Present Tense fends off stagnation, but without some new tricks up their sleeve, one wonders how long they can avoid that fate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thanks to the commercial success of the new class of R&B singers like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, Otis’ sultry R&B has found a market in 2013.
    • 86 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
    Refractory Obdurate sounds a clamorous warning that something is nigh. Rather than a direct message, Edwards offers only a shatter of brimstone pieces.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Popular Problems flashes the exact same brilliance and suffers the exact same setbacks[as his last album]--namely that Cohen’s vocals continue their dark, leathery tumble into the lowest registers and that the production can be too syrupy, respectively.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where the harsh, cold production of drill echoes the harsh, cold sentiments, Chance’s voice and the multi-faceted production are all about change, examining any little moment that might provide some fun and relief.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The missteps of narrative are easily paved over by the energy, power, and fun of the music. As such, rather than feeling constrained or overwrought, this is a concept album where you can forget the concept for a while and just dive right in.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The more you spin it, the more you wear out that thin needle of your record player, you realize that Granduciel is discovering the problems of his life, not figuring them out or even reflecting on them. This all makes for an album that truly sounds like it’s coming to life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Learning how to untangle one of the richest experimental albums of recent memory becomes a challenge well worth the undertaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While looking for 50 Words For Snow, she has found 50 other original ways to express herself effortlessly, creating another intriguing piece of work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are gems here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The rest of the album sees the group continue to rip from the history of punk to make something decidedly fresh.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impossible Truth is flecked with everything from jazz to psychedelic and Spaghetti Western. Maybe this kind of depth is more common with instrumental music, but regardless, this is an uncommonly good album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album that makes you sad that it's not longer; sad that it can't just go on forever. This sentiment alone should indicate the caliber of album Fleet Foxes have created in Helplessness Blues.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ultimate beauty of Smother, though, comes from its subtlety as Wild Beasts continue to transcend conventional pop music with yet another great addition to their catalog.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    De Vermis Mysteriis gets up in your face, and it never really steps back until it's over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ware has the pipes to come out on top of a TV singing competition, but it's her control, style, and musical choices that make Devotion so interesting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Muchacho is a well balanced listen, one that finds Houck adding new hues to old canvases and striking gold at every turn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Old Ideas, however, succeeds in largely keeping the music subservient, buoyant enough to keep things moving but not distracting any attention from the lyrics, the true star of the show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Big Inner is a brilliant debut, brimming with homages to pop music's past, whether it be Motown or Randy Newman.