E! Online's Scores

  • Music
For 787 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 787
787 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Gray has] stepped up his own game with richer production, bigger arrangements and a renewed sense of purpose that makes songs like "Alibi" and "Disappearing World" sound like his most epic work yet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Where the debut sometimes resembled a psycho-ward jam session, System serve up some surprising melodies on "Chop Suey!" "Forest" and the haunting "Aerials."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The anthemic cries for getting your crap in order are flavored with dashes of sonic experimentation and the knowledge of when to slow things down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Retro rawk doesn't come much ballsier than this--or get much better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Over the years, it might not stand up to classics such as Nebraska or The River, but the The Rising gives us something more important right now: a reason to believe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Veni Vidi Vicious literally explodes with frenetic guitar jangle and audacious hooks.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Phrenology, the cool Philly troupe remain head and shoulders above the rest by sticking to their well-defined course of smoky live beats, serious lyrics, stunning guests... and not one ounce of production from the Neptunes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official return of the DMB shows them in full force and stretching way Up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cookie drips with R&B, hip-hop, Latin grooves, experimental jazz, blues and techno tidbits for yummy multilayered goodness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [An] elegant mix of jazz, electronica and lush gospel choruses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her most far-out R&B work to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Combines Beach Boys harmonies, Pink Floyd-influenced orchestral rock and the lonely-heart vocal style of such '70s icons as Big Star and Neil Young.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The opening song, "First Wave Intact," is nine minutes of churning Led Zeppelin-size rock. And it gets stranger from there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here, Grohl consistently puts forth straightforward, stripped-down rock that is neither ironic nor pandering--a fine line between Cheap Trick and cheap tricks.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's as gripping as N.W.A.'s groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Simply striking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You'll be left wondering why other bands aren't so daring.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Stereo] is brimming with expressive, beautifully articulated songs that speak to both sides of his personality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sing-along melodies and breezy hooks are strewn throughout.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Diverse and constantly engaging.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a rootsy, honest album in the simple tradition of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's the album you wish the Strokes would've made.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The audio equivalent of a warm bubble bath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It'll charm the chaps off both diehards and the folks who've discovered these backwoods sounds because of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Be
    A sprawling, varied disc that's as laid-back as a cool summer afternoon.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a massive success.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Evokes Jamiroquai, Steely Dan and Curtis Mayfield--all at the same time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you haven't already pledged your allegiance to Radiohead, this isn't gonna turn you.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Keep an ear open for this solid effort's best moments: the soulful "Full Frontal Fridays" and jubilant "I Get Cravings."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Costello's most exciting album in ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Holland gracefully achieves the spookiness and timelessness artists like Tori Amos and Cat Power have been chasing for years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Let's hope we don't have to wait until 2040 for something else this good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The group cuts through style in pursuit of substance, using Fever to Tell's slow-burning hit "Maps" as a jump-off point.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Imagine a dance floor where Steve Reich raves, Talking Heads reunite and disco divas shake their booty with pierced punks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Woody Guthrie and even Bruce Springsteen, Earle has a knack for hard-nosed poetry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pawn Shoppe Heart is all sensational glam riffs and massive shout-along choruses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's killer stuff for any frame of mind.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Astronaut takes a few songs to warm up, but by the time the band hits naughty dance-floor fillers like "Bedroom Toys" and "Taste the Summer," it feels like 1983 all over again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These are just good tunes, no matter what the window dressing is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    18
    Another cool chill-out album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Simply great.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Think of it as more of a mix tape because the British quintet's jam-band explorations dip into everything from Beatles-esque pop and Delta-blues-influenced ballads.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With dashes of Nick Cave darkness, surf-guitar twang, ugly '60s pop and Velvet Underground-y noise, the Raveonettes offer more variations on the dense tuned-down sound that's overtaking America.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The joyful "I Love the '80s"-style disc fans have been yearning for since she took up yoga.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Killers sound like a delicious puree of Blur, Pulp and the Cure, loading Hot Fuss with stylish synth-pop effects and big blazing choruses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [It] shows things are as loony as ever in Busta's camp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Futures goes back to the band's roots, sporting 11 sparkling gems that carefully balance balladry with bombast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A well-crafted mix of hardcore bluster, determined melody and anthemic grandness that boasts depth and texture rarely heard from the Warped Tour ilk.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Frontman James Walsh channels Jeff Buckley's soaring vocals so perfectly over those lovely acoustic guitars and pianos that you won't be surprised when you hear the band's named after a Tim Buckley album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Back Room is a fine album that proves you can look backward while paving the way forward.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This body of work will be a wonderland of hits in time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Confirming everything that is great about Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, Come with Us is equal measures driving rhythms and euphoric, widescreen melodies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bluesy, fragile and gorgeous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A winning combo of thick club cuts, hands-in-the-air call-outs, pop ingenuity and a perfect balance of entertainment and realism in his rhymes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fans of the Icelandic wonder's more orchestral tunes might think there's something missing here. Well, unless they're too busy being totally blown away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She might be unplugged--but she's still electrifying.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Z
    Z seems like just the beginning of a whole new phase.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The electric mood of Adams' sophomore disc definitely reflects his good fortunes and knack for solid songcraft.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The best tracks--"Crystal" and "Turn My Way"--sound like they were recorded in 1987.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Their whisper-thin, doo-wop harmonies, fuzzy guitars and barely-there percussion make the Strokes seem like Led Zeppelin. But that's not a bad thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Granted, Step doesn't have anything as effortlessly flawless as the classic single "Judith" from the band's last album, but it does have a number of songs ("Blue," "The Outsider") that are almost as bombastically beautiful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More in line with his tighter debut, Pretty Hate Machine, With Teeth is made up of bursts of dark, scary and paranoid gut punches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rather than coming across as an unfriendly piece of self-indulgence--which may or may not have been the intention--her latest CD is quietly captivating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the trippy Scottish foursome's third disc may make a few nods to reality when it incorporates boring things like, you know, choruses and verses, songs like "Assessment" and "Liquid Bird"--all electronic gurgles and off-the-wall vocals--still wave the freak flag.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Amazingly solid.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The group sounds as wonderfully debauched, degenerate and dejected as ever.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even if the divorcée flirts with being Sheryl Crow-y bland now, she can still let whip-smart lyrics flow with her potty mouth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The results, much like last year's debut, Soul Sessions, are spine-tinglingly great--even if there is the slightest bit of bland Celine Dion balladry seeping in at the edge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The end result is creative, inspired and, most important, individual.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The best he has sounded in years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While St. Anger doesn't go back to the speedy, epic-crafting days of yesteryear, it's all balls: bad-ass rock and blistering, visceral lyrics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Elvis Costello is back, bashing and clanging away at what he does best: delivering out vitriolic songs of curdled romance and sodden, soiled dreams.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The singer doesn't disappoint here, wringing out every strand of emotion in songs such as "Mississippi Girl," a strong return to her country roots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fans and Luddites will find much to treasure when dropping this platter on the Victrola.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But whether they're being snotty or serious, there is a constant thread at work: those catchy melodies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With Musicology, the doctor of sexual funk puts the self-indulgence on hold and digs back into the enticing grooves and towering melodies of his glory years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Interesting variations on classic pop music, delivered with fire and wisdom.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What sets Silent Alarm apart, however, is the presence of singer Kele Okereke, who has a dazzlingly elastic voice like the Cure's Robert Smith.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One man has made a beautifully subtle magic in his bedroom studio--and it will be heard on The O.C. in no time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A darkly shimmering, intensely brooding and exquisitely melancholy trip.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Provides a mind-blowing nostalgic trip for those who grew up with these songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Happenstance is lush and brooding, the kind of record that makes most sense coming through the headphones late at night.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The originals are still the best, but this is pretty fly for a white guy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sounds like they had as much fun making it as you're going to have listening to it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Hummingbird does not disappoint fans who like their R&B buzzing with a side of multitempo hip-hop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The disc is all over the map, moving from booming dance cuts to gangsta fare, but it satisfies with crunk-tacular gems like "What You Know."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Instead of making any stupid concessions to her sudden celebrity... the Home girl plays it cool, carrying on with the same smooth vibes that made her a star.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Perfect pop fun for short attention spans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Often funeral-march slow, but there are also flashes of passionate energy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether the songs get a grimy edge or sweet touch, the textured album leaves Shadows as a bright spot in the singer-songwriter genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The simpler style allows the tense commentary to come through loud and clear, as the band keeps up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The sturdy jams--decorated with Moog, powerful guitars and frontman Jakob Dylan's sexy purr--pour out of the stereo and stick in your head.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Singer Jon Bunch's vocals remain powerful and dynamic, while the songs ditch most of the weighty orchestration that slowed down previous efforts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Per usual, the content is clouded in misery--the kind of soft, sad and touching tracks that'll have Dido fans rediscovering this Greenwich Village adult-alternative pioneer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Merchant has achieved a lovely balance of art and craft.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For a bunch of jokesters, these guys deliver some seriously good music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Along the way, it scores a lot of points, thanks to Nigel Godrich's earthy but twisted production.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Has a few more production touches than his past crackling work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Cry
    The Nashville hottie shakes off some of her past cobwebs for slicker, bawdier rock and a collection of power ballads--most destined for a high school prom slow dance near you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Julian Casablancas continues to sing as if roused from a deep sleep, the rhythm section keeps the tunes as puckery tight as the band's trousers and guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr. balance melodic strumming with some impressive shredding.