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 Wrote a Song for Everyone
Lowest review score: 42 Spring Break... Checkin' Out
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 157
157 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
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    With due respect to her previous fine efforts, Four the Record is easily Miranda's best album yet.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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
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    There's plenty here for country fans of pretty much any ilk.
    • 99 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Each track evokes an emotion, a giggle, a tear or a memory, but always a hunger for what’s next.
    • 71 Metascore
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    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
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    Keith promised that Fuse would change things up, and he delivered.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Alan’s album is the real thing, a “must” whether you’re a bluegrass buff or just a fan of fine music.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A staggeringly great collection of original tunes that paint vivid, honest portraits of real life, from a uniquely feminine perspective.
    • 73 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    ZBB has never sounded as energized or as fierce.
    • 84 Metascore
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    This set proves that good storytelling never goes out of style.
    • 69 Metascore
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    The collection really soars when it blends the personal and the spiritual.
    • 87 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Although the title is also an album track referring to hair color, the depth of this project goes further than Miranda’s roots.
    • 84 Metascore
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    This is a nicely balanced album that you could listen to repeatedly and still discover fresh, exciting touches with each new listen.
    • 66 Metascore
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    It’s the incredible balance of Lady Antebellum’s many shades that makes this a flight worth catching.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Their fourth album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, is an outstanding 11-song offering that lives up to the lofty expectations of its namesake.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Kacey adroitly communicates who she is through her music, maturing in her artistry while staying true to herself. Pageant Material deserves to win some sort of title--and it just might.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It may not be all pretty, but Something More Than Free is as real as it gets.
    • 84 Metascore
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    With a range of topics that cover bullying (“Kill a Word”) and women running afoul of the law (“Chattanooga Lucy”), there’s plenty to indulge in without coming away bored or feeling like you’ve heard it all before.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The production team of Tim and Byron Gallimore have struck country music pay dirt with this incredible collection that balances contemporary and traditional styles with amazing subtlety, all without making Tim sound as if he’s trying to keep up with the younger stars--indeed, with Damn Country Music, he’s in the passing lane.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Down to My Last Bad Habit is simply Vince having loose-limbed fun with his cohorts, resulting in one of the most enjoyable listening experiences you’ll be privy to all year. You’ll want to play it over and over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Full Circle stands as a wonderful and welcome piece of work, 14 solid songs that shift easily from Appalachian mountain soul to pure country and even spiritual fare. Plus, Loretta has simply never sounded better.
    • 88 Metascore
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    In every aspect, from production to instrumentation and Wynonna’s sensational performances, this ranks as her absolute best solo effort.