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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a masterful album, replete with wonderful stories and fully drawn characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album’s overall spirit of adventure is summed up in the gorgeous title track, written by the Perrys with fellow family trio The Henningsens. Starting sweet and delicate, it offers a message of encouragement to be bold in the face of uncertainty and doubt as it builds to a thrilling crescendo.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The trio’s second album, Annie Up, (thankfully) picks up where their debut, Hell on Heels, left off, offering more engaging studies of real-life heartbreak, domestic inertia and the daily trials of womanhood.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His best is pretty dang good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A couple of back-to-back tracks midway through the project bear a sonic similarity to each other, but their topics are so different, you’ll want to keep listening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overall the recording sounds great—warm and intimate without sacrificing polish.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Blade further serves to position her as one of the premiere and rare female neo-traditionalists in the format.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While he’s done nearly a dozen yesteryear-based solo albums, this one is distinguished by its smartly chosen representation of the Gershwins’ musical breadth and the handpicked, multi-stylistic band (with Mickey Raphael’s winsome yet penetrating harmonica again providing a crucial link to Willie’s larger body of work) fittingly snazzing up the affair while making the most of Willie’s no-dress-code musical fusion.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The result feels a little something like those beloved ‘80s movies in spirit and aesthetic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Not everything works, however. ... Overall, though, this is the Hank Jr. we’ve been waiting to hear for years, and it’s a welcome return.
    • 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.