Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 140 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
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 140
140 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though he's capable of being playfully satisfied, Dwight is at his best when he's consumed by yearning.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though the lyric content is among the best on a Tim McGraw album to date.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bocephus-like clarinets, old-timey lyrics and Toby's smooth-as-whiskey delivery assure purists that there is still Hope for classic barroom singalongs.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adventurous roots-music aficionados will want to book themselves a date for Traveler, a masterfully planned Dixieland journey that lets the good times roll easy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Emmylou and Rodney seem at their best with the more up-tempo offerings like Kris Kristofferson’s “Chase the Feeling” and “Bluebird Wine,” which features Rodney’s playful vocals.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There’s a common theme of relationships among many of the songs, with the ballads “Lonely Tonight” and “Anyone Else” coming away as the strongest of the bunch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The project truly succeeds because of the various voices in The SteelDrivers, who consider their bluegrass to be one painted from a darker palette--which, at times, can feel a little too dark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His recorded albums, and even his mesmerizing live show, have gradually incorporated a country sound. That trend continues on his latest, the rewarding 14-song Rebel Soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Both the chestnuts and The Band selections here sound best in their original versions (partly due to the diminished power of Levon's voice after his bout with throat cancer). But his singing brims with spirit, and he and his cohorts deliver these mostly vintage tunes with gusto.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sara's pop-country sound is rich Southern comfort, delivered organically and with authenticity.