Country Weekly's Scores

  • Music
For 139 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 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: 50 Welcome to the Fishbowl
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 139
139 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heroes indicates that the future is in good hands.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, a solid debut from a young, still-maturing artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The turquoise-hued bluegrass offered here is anything but generic--it's specialty-shop stuff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've ever been worried that good old Southern-fried boogie is an endangered species, then Dixie Lullabies should help you rest a little easier.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Joe is at his best on the traditional romps like "This Ole Boy" and "No Truck, No Boat, No Girl."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quietly and artfully, if not especially dynamically, McKenna unearths striking truths about the fragility of life and relationships.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Red
    Red may not be a bona fide country album, but it could very well be a pop masterpiece, more in line with P!nk's latest, The Truth About Love, than even Red's predecessor, Speak Now.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the album lacks some of the energy and freshness of 2010's Nothing Like This, introspective tunes such as "A Little Home," "Sunrise" (co-written by Joe Don) and the Lady Antebellum-esque "Come Wake Me Up" add even more depth to the trio's sound.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    True to form, his major-label debut is a personal, understated and unpredictable collection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Collectively, they touch upon a complex range of emotions and interconnections, supported by sparse and countrified instrumentation that sets an appropriately Texan tone.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His label home may have changed, but his everyman approach to songwriting holds steady.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only a real party-pooper would deny Guy's talented pals the chance to respectfully demonstrate how well this stuff still works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Release Me provides a clear picture of Lovett's stylistic bedrock, and reminds that he's stood steadfast upon it all along.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the album's title, she plays it safe rather than wild.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hitting a sweet spot between honky-tonk and the more sophisticated Nashville Sound of yore, Long Line of Heartaches delivers unapologetically traditional fare without resorting to self-conscious nostalgia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Josh's sound boasts enough twang to keep it country and enough soulful passion to keep things interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’d be nice to see Luke, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, grow out of the fields he’s so clearly comfortable in. But for now, if the soil is still bearing fruit, you can’t blame him for continuing to plow ahead.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Life on a Rock’s most exciting moments come when Kenny pushes his limits on something unusual
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Despite the presence of utterly infectious single “Downtown” and the jangly “Better Off Now That You’re Gone,” the first half of Golden is a little too polished, as if the trio couldn’t escape the pull of Own the Night’s gravitas.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As he moves beyond his rap boundaries into more country-rock fare, this album is a step forward for the Kid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, these songs are safe, inoffensive and respectable, but they simply don't quite scale the same musical heights of Dolly's former glories such as "Jolene" or "I Will Always Love You."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Live in Japan-an album unreleased in the U.S. until now-shows the entertainer in good form, doing a lightweight, crowd-pleasing set especially indicative of the dead-center-mainstream approach that had cemented his fame.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    "Family" oozes with humility and domestic contentment, while the gentle, Nashville-leaning "Lucky That Way" (sung with Kenny Chesney on Crossroads) is a Walsh mini-biography
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ranging from jazzy jaunts to breezy tropical confections and varied country and blues hues, the sometimes-scattered Ready for Confetti is a multicolored parade in which even the shovel-pusher walking behind the horses can find that hope happens, too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If that weren't the case, the well-rounded first installment of Remember Me would nonetheless serve as a modest but fitting memorial to a world-class artist, as well as a testament to Willie's enduring musical ties to Nashville.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Country Hits Bluegrass Style is mostly a rehash of Ricky's 2008 album for Cracker Barrel.