Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 131 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Reflections
Lowest review score: 50 the JaneDear girls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 131
131 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though he's capable of being playfully satisfied, Dwight is at his best when he's consumed by yearning.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Open your ears, open your mind, press play and Free the Music.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kip's grainy, warm and confident vocal delivery ties the tales together into a believable tapestry.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easton gives fans of traditional country everything they've been missing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Taylor turns her wrath on a woman who steals her man on "Better Than Revenge," she turns that critical eye on herself in "Back to December," a thorough apology to a former lover she regrets having left behind. Other tunes, such as "Mean" and "Sparks Fly," suffer from generic and sometimes underdeveloped lyrics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quietly and artfully, if not especially dynamically, McKenna unearths striking truths about the fragility of life and relationships.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sara's pop-country sound is rich Southern comfort, delivered organically and with authenticity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Josh's sound boasts enough twang to keep it country and enough soulful passion to keep things interesting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The disc reveals a few hard edges but offers optimism even as it explores the thornier corners of human behavior.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Country music as pure as the kind heard on Rare Bird Alert is rare indeed, and worthy of consideration--even if it does come from a pretty odd duck.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    True to form, his major-label debut is a personal, understated and unpredictable collection.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The turquoise-hued bluegrass offered here is anything but generic--it's specialty-shop stuff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it lacks the emotional heft of Merle's acclaimed 2010 album, I Am What I Am, the cancer survivor's latest album boasts plenty of flinty independence.