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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Bootleg, Vol. 3: Live Around the World
Lowest review score: 42 Spring Break... Checkin' Out
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 157
157 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kip's grainy, warm and confident vocal delivery ties the tales together into a believable tapestry.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This disc highlights a collection of substantial songs every bit as relevant as they were in Loretta's heyday.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vince's superb musicianship leaves the spotlight on these poignant songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easton gives fans of traditional country everything they've been missing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Texas-bred singer knows how to convey heartfelt and complex emotions with one clever turn of a phrase.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This winning formula should keep you around for quite a while.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the potent observations on And So It Goes make clear, time is indeed ticking away, though Don's comforting, timeless-sounding presentation of these top-flight tunes can sometimes make it seem otherwise.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is easily Carrie's most well-rounded and confident work to date.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In honoring his friend and inspiration, the late writer Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson recorded one of the most heartfelt albums of the year.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On his latest, Marty meshes country with Memphis rockabilly and bluegrass-inspired background vocals throughout the disc.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Open your ears, open your mind, press play and Free the Music.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Uncaged, does nothing to tarnish their sterling image and even manages to expand it a bit.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Country gospel at its most fervent and rousing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, this is one of Trace's best collections.