Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 145 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Set You Free
Lowest review score: 42 Spring Break... Checkin' Out
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 145
145 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Blade further serves to position her as one of the premiere and rare female neo-traditionalists in the format.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With these 15 tracks, it's clear he can do it all pretty damn good.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You’ll want to hit the road and play this one over and over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s an album that defines an artist, proving that the Williams name (the daughter of Bocephus, Holly comes from the Hank lineage) remains as trailblazing and unique as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Bruce and Kelly let their plaintive, tight harmonies deliver the goods, a refreshing break from the bombast that often substitutes for real emotion in much of the current fare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The musicianship on Wheelhouse is incredible and Brad just keeps on getting more flavorful as a guitarist. Serious music buffs are going to love Wheelhouse, while cursory fans may be left scratching their heads.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If last year’s Heroes, with the tongue-in-cheek “Roll Me Up,” was Willie proving he’s still vital, Let’s Face the Music and Dance is a legend who has seen it all reveling in the melancholy of time’s passing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Love Is Everything further showcases George’s smooth voice and, perhaps more importantly, his uncanny knack for picking outstanding songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This disproves the popular belief that nothing good ever happens in the a.m. There’s plenty of good stuff here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s his sophomore studio album, See You Tonight, that is really showing some maturity and growth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The River & The Thread will require multiple listens to truly appreciate, so set aside some time to soak in this one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The resulting album is earthy, warm and spacious, not sounding too fussed over or suffocated with studio tricks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Lucky may prove a bit too laid-back for the diehards out there, who might prefer a rougher-edged collection, but this is a fresh take on Merle’s classics, as interpreted by the still-fabulous Suzy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A collection that plays into the group’s rock sensibilities without any loss of identity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With this, his fourth country album, Darius and his team have most definitely solidified his sound with expertly layered, but not overdone, musical arrangements that add some dimension to his already warmly textured vocals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While touching upon Led Zep's more pastoral moments and Raising Sand's rootsy variety, Robert avoids rehashing his former glories.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darius' brand of country music, much like Radney's, is full of detailed, true-to-life accounts of love, regret and loyalty to childhood stomping grounds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer T Bone Burnett had the foresight to infuse the album's recording with vintage microphones and techniques that would have been used on recording sessions half a century ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Reba] singing, "I'll give my heart to a song, but I'll never sell my soul." That's exactly how Reba's approached her career thus far, and what she continues to do on this emotionally charged set of songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This disc highlights a collection of substantial songs every bit as relevant as they were in Loretta's heyday.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sugared tunes would be easy to dismiss except for the credible guitar riffs, foot-tapping rhythms and fiery passion with which Keith sings. Thankfully, it's not all sunshine.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A true duo, Joshua Scott Jones' rugged rock voice blends and contrasts at the right moments with Meghan Linsey's fluid soul singing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plucky "Bombshell," a nimble instrumental number, is just one example of the shimmering mandolin and fiddle solos that permeate the album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brad Paisley, having been raised on traditional country music, is one of a handful of contemporary stars who could title an album This Is Country Music (with all that the title implies) without raising more than a few eyebrows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mostly introspective, lower-key fare fills out the album's remainder, resulting in an occasional lag in momentum. This, however, is offset by inventiveness and instrumental wizardry, offering those who accept Follow Me Down's tempting invitation entry into a wonderland of musical riches.