Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 134 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Reflections
Lowest review score: 50 the JaneDear girls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 134
134 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With due respect to her previous fine efforts, Four the Record is easily Miranda's best album yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is no less than the story of a flawed man finding his own greatness--the primary factor behind the power and substance of these simple, no-frills performances, as well as the reason why any serious fan of Cash or country music history will want to walk the line it so compellingly traces.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's plenty here for country fans of pretty much any ilk.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's enough in this big box to last a fan weeks, months and years. It's not all equal, but it certainly leaves no stone unturned.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Set You Free doesn't sound like every other album coming out of the Nashville factory these days-and that's definitely a good thing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’ve ever bemoaned the absence of traditional country sounds in an era of pop, rock and even hip-hop production, be still—Ashley Monroe is throwing you a country music lifeline.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each track evokes an emotion, a giggle, a tear or a memory, but always a hunger for what’s next.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The only real clunker is a lugubrious redo of “Lodi,” featuring John’s sons Tyler and Shane, but otherwise, this should be a must for Fogerty followers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Keith promised that Fuse would change things up, and he delivered.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Alan’s album is the real thing, a “must” whether you’re a bluegrass buff or just a fan of fine music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A staggeringly great collection of original tunes that paint vivid, honest portraits of real life, from a uniquely feminine perspective.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wrapped in Red is a stylistic maverick, for sure, but the original tunes are worthy of sitting next to the standards, and when Kelly sings, it’s like Christmas all year round.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With The Woman I Am, Kellie has made a natural evolution while managing to stay true to those things that are important to her.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ZBB has never sounded as energized or as fierce.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This set proves that good storytelling never goes out of style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The collection really soars when it blends the personal and the spiritual.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On this album, she has found what works best for her on the contemporary side and front-loads the project with those songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reflections is a must-have for any Don fan, any traditional country fan and anyone who wants to know what Williams acolyte Keith Urban has been crowing about for years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hunter Hayes has once again produced a collection of music that belies his tender age, not only in content, but in vocal confidence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although the title is also an album track referring to hair color, the depth of this project goes further than Miranda’s roots.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album’s overall spirit of adventure is summed up in the gorgeous title track, written by the Perrys with fellow family trio The Henningsens. Starting sweet and delicate, it offers a message of encouragement to be bold in the face of uncertainty and doubt as it builds to a thrilling crescendo.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The trio’s second album, Annie Up, (thankfully) picks up where their debut, Hell on Heels, left off, offering more engaging studies of real-life heartbreak, domestic inertia and the daily trials of womanhood.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His best is pretty dang good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A couple of back-to-back tracks midway through the project bear a sonic similarity to each other, but their topics are so different, you’ll want to keep listening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overall the recording sounds great—warm and intimate without sacrificing polish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At times the slower tempos make the album feel longer than it actually is, but it’s never dull.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like most projects released by Americana singer/songwriter or heritage acts, Tarpaper Sky is best enjoyed like a book, in its entirety as opposed to a chapter here and there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On Blue Smoke, the country legend travels many different paths and sounds only like herself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Country music and old-time gospel music have borrowed from each other for decades, but rarely have the two styles blended as flawlessly as on a new offering from one of gospel music's most revered groups.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the least attractive and most un-country voices heard here (let's not name names) have a unique, soulful quality that makes them suited for the deeply felt sentiments that fill The Lost Notebooks, a package that finds the heart of real country music still beating and Hank's vital presence anything but lost.