Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 157 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 The Way I'm Livin'
Lowest review score: 42 Spring Break... Checkin' Out
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 157
157 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Matraca's songwriting, who have waited for more than a decade for a new album, will likely agree with another of that song's lyric lines: one more is never enough.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After the success of his "six-pack" album concept with Hillbilly Bone, Blake is back to delivering a full-length offering of music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chris Young's new 10-track project is tightly packed with solid songs, honoring both family and desires of the flesh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, this is one of Trace's best collections.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Texas-bred singer knows how to convey heartfelt and complex emotions with one clever turn of a phrase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guy wasn't kidding when he sang "it's got to come from the heart if you want it to work;" here, he and his talented crew prove it, playing and singing like nobody's watching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghost on the Canvas is a lovingly produced nod to the musician and his music that summarizes the multiple dimensions of Campbell's remarkable genre-crossing career and, best of all, allows the honoree to help do the honors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's bluesy country sound may not make waves at radio, but these ladies are on track to give country concertgoers a little hell of their own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This winning formula should keep you around for quite a while.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, Lady Antebellum strikes a nice balance between the two, keeping the penchant for bighearted ballads and the vocal chemistry between Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott intact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vince's superb musicianship leaves the spotlight on these poignant songs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's all life, and Martina, with her unforced country-pop sensibility, gets it all to add up on Eleven.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    David could be country music's most soulful singer since Ronnie Dunn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though the lyric content is among the best on a Tim McGraw album to date.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Country gospel at its most fervent and rousing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This road-tested group boasts tightknit sibling harmonies and an ear-pleasing tribute to the joys and tragedies of working folk and weekend warriors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lyrically and musically, the songs stream effortlessly from accessible to intricate, creating an estimable country album with a steady undercurrent of blues and rock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is easily Carrie's most well-rounded and confident work to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On his latest, Marty meshes country with Memphis rockabilly and bluegrass-inspired background vocals throughout the disc.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from being a punching bag, this album contains enough musical muscle to throw a few punches of its own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Uncaged, does nothing to tarnish their sterling image and even manages to expand it a bit.