Drawer B's Scores

  • Music
For 121 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Kill The Moonlight
Lowest review score: 10 On A Wire
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 121
  2. Negative: 21 out of 121
121 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sleater-Kinney’s weakest album in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is an extraordinary display of Oberst’s songwriting prowess. It’s obscenely ambitious and pretentious and ridiculous but unquestionably memorable and affecting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Orton seems to be embracing the humdrum, schlocky sound of New Age crooners and adult contemporary mush like Dido.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The album definitely has a few remarkable moments, but it’s really just not very good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Less than half of the record actually sports the rock I salute it for, but when it does Superdrag shines like a blast from the past but without the feeling that it’s a calculated throwback to anything in particular.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Torino is most definitely not a Wedding Present album by any stretch of the imagination, it should win back some of the die-hard older fans that may have boycotted Cinerama at the onset.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With Murray Street the band has made a persuasive case for its ongoing existence for the first time in over a decade.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    High Society expands upon the hurried schizophrenia of Schmersal’s previous band, Brainiac, elevating songwriting to the same level of experimental deconstruction to both the detriment and advancement of the band’s core sound.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silkworm as classic rock? Yep, and it’s damn good, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If you take Sharpen Your Teeth as the superfluous wank-off side-project that it is, you won’t be as offended by its utter lack of imagination and artistry.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    18
    Moby continues to do on 18 what he’s always done best, and that is to fuse disparate musical styles with a pop sensibility, while maintaining a moody, almost gothic theme.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    So, yes, these songs have melodies and choruses, but they are so trite and played-out that even the fifteen-year-olds that this is written for will smell something fishy in their neatly packaged emotional escapism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Maladroit is a welcome - halfway - return to form.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    TA
    With each successive song, the vocal shortcomings become more and more apparent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costello has never experimented so freely on an album in his entire career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The smarmy lyrics are back in full force, but the music is so crisp, clean, and catchy that it hardly matters at all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Granted, Kweller is still searching for an unique voice, as his music still wears its roots a little too blatantly, but he’s definitely on the right track.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A strange and somewhat inconsistent release.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sonic consistency may bore fans thirsting for more of Cornelius’ spastic and unpredictable eclecticism, but the ensuing stereophonic experience is second to none.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plenty of bands have hooks and good songs and retro-garage sounds, but none compares to The Strokes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most noteworthy aspect of The Photo Album is the band’s upward trajectory. The music is cohesive and even, though still somewhat sluggish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take away the insane lyrics, and you’ve still got music worth listening to. Granted, it sounds like Journey being raped by Ronnie James Dio, but you have to admit that’s intriguing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band’s finest release by far, it’s a swaggering, head-long dive into funk, rhythm and blues, gospel, roots rock and roll, and disco but with a very sleek modern edge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As difficult as it is gorgeous, Vespertine ranks among Bjork’s finest albums.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the band’s most fully realized musical achievement.... A monumental album by a monumental band.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A classic case of style over substance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sunny Border Blue will go down as her finest album outside of the Throwing Muses because it’s her finest batch of songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic party record from start to finish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s pleasant enough music if you’re having a Caribbean-themed barbecue in your backyard, I guess, but little here will challenge your musical senses or move you in any way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though this compilation doesn’t rival any of the Pixies’ classic studio albums, it is still essential listening.