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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Rubber Factory
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 787
787 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
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    Stanley's eloquent, understated and unpretentious folk music is more than up to the challenge of finding its place in a world devoted to teen pop and nü-metal.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A most pleasurable guilty pleasure.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Many of these harrowing tunes, like "Lonesome Tears" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine" have the lonely blues feel of Beck's similar-sounding Mutations, and they definitely get better with repeated play.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's okay, you can believe all of the fawning reviews you're going to read about this album. Because when still-kicking '60s soul legend Solomon Burke puts his earthy baritone to lyrics written by some of today's most critically acclaimed songwriters, it's simply magical.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Walk's mellow mood sidesteps the usual overly melodramatic soundtrack hoo-ha for a journey that works as well on the stereo as it does on the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Ms. Dynamite's debut album is heady stuff, punctuated by groundbreaking beats, seductive vocals and melodies that lodge themselves firmly into your cranium.
    • 76 Metascore
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    This album contains just eight tracks--but each one of them is a testament to the unshakable power of the group.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It delivers the ultimate knockout--sticky R&B grooves and a heavenly falsetto that point to greats like Marvin Gaye ("Soul Sista") and Stevie Wonder ("Queen Sanity").
    • 78 Metascore
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    Fusing R&B, pop, jazz, blues, throwback soul--hell, you name it--Keys delivers grandstand ballads (like the single "Fallin' "), midtempo music, diary-worthy lyrics and feminist funk as if they were all as uncomplicated as scales.
    • 73 Metascore
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    They've updated fuzzy '90s-era alternative rock while tinkering with becoming Northern Ireland's answer to Coldplay.
    • 93 Metascore
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    [Dylan's] most cohesive work in over a decade...
    • 89 Metascore
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    Say hello to your new metal gods.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Even with all the drama, Construction is Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Beautiful pop symphonies that hit like a Louisville Slugger.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Even the geeky ballads will put a smile on your face and a Bic lighter in your hand.
    • 73 Metascore
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    OST
    So cool and so good that no one will even notice Meg White has been replaced by a mandolin.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Simply awesome.
    • 79 Metascore
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    If last year's Under Construction was a little weird, then This Is Not a Test! is barking mad--in the greatest way.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Instantly engaging, and totally engrossing over time.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Injecting the album with plenty of soul, gospel and throwbacks to that old-school Motown sound, producers like the Neptunes, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and guests like Eve help round out what's possibly the best R&B album this year.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Beck's best when he's tweaking music he has a genuine interest in, giving new humor and affection to his nasty grooves.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The band's equally impressive second album grooves with both a Detroit hipster sound and some spacey atmosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Williams' captivating lyrics are gut-wrenchingly intimate.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Melodically exquisite, this is a triumph of minimalism.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A warm serving of elegant late-night ballads that infuse acoustic and pedal-steel guitars with back-porch rhythms and arrangements.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Clever? Yes. Stupid? Possibly. Essential? Absolutely.
    • 80 Metascore
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    There's nothing quite like the sound of a band at the top of its game.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Their debut drips of melancholy and swims in gorgeous sheets of incidental noise.
    • 80 Metascore
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    A soaring, orchestral pop masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Now
    Maxwell's latest finds the steady and seductive soul-provider drawing more from the class of Marvin Gaye than the trash of R. Kelly--with a touch of spirituality thrown in.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Even if you think you've heard it all before, West is a winner.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Gorgeous and intimate, the 14 songs on her debut disc ache with romantic maturity and a smart, slow-jam sexiness that belies the fact that, at 22, Jones is hardly older than Britney.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Just like the architects behind Kid A, they take all these creepy elements and make something totally excellent.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Cleverly mixes soft-focus hip-hop, trippy space rock and Ennio Morricone-style melodrama with Albarn's unwavering pop melodies.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This disc's rich, exotic flavor gets more intense the longer you chew on it.
    • 68 Metascore
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    There's no reason to buy any other electronica CD this year.
    • 59 Metascore
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    A funky, soulful flashback to the works of outspoken jazz and R&B greats like Gil-Scott Heron and Miles Davis.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Some called their first two albums derivative, but with this third disc the guys wrestle their greased-up garage boogie until they own it.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Following 2002's experimental Phrenology, which featured all manner of drum 'n' bass and techno influences, the real-instrument-playing Philadelphia hip-hop collective ditches the frills on Tipping Point.
    • 88 Metascore
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    He gets all beautiful on your ass for the Orpheus portion of this double-disc set, then explodes with a pounding intensity on Abattoir Blues that'll knock your socks off.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Give it a couple of spins, and you'll find it's completely mind-blowing.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Slapping his knees, spitting and grunting, Waits makes the already raw blues sound of songs like "Metropolitan Glide" and "Trampled Rose" sound even more grizzled.
    • 97 Metascore
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    The duo's collaboration on Van Lear Rose is unexpectedly gripping, a raucous slice of vintage Nashville fuelled by Lynn's down-home wisdom, twangy gee-tars and White's inspired hand at production.
    • 90 Metascore
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    An emotionally wracked masterpiece, drawing on immaculate influences like the Pixies and Talking Heads while sounding distinctly original.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A slower album than most, Bomb eventually reveals itself as a work of genius, wrapping religion, love and life into emotionally thrilling gifts.
    • 81 Metascore
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    For such a dark and brooding record, Turn on the Bright Lights is also unexpectedly thrilling, coasting on jagged minor-chord guitar melodies and huge emotional swells with a ton of high points along the way.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Now the melodies are sharper, the scissor kicks are higher and the grooves are, er, groovier.
    • 80 Metascore
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    You either get the concept or you don't, but those who do will feel tingly all the way down to the base of their dance-floor spines.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Exquisite, angry, sad and personal, basement is a beautiful swan song of one of this generation's best.
    • 80 Metascore
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    O
    Minimalist folk rock in its purest form.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Even though the production is slicker, The Dirty South is still packed with painful, well-illustrated southern gothic sagas.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Ben Gibbard has a knack for painting scenes of such intimate detail they come off as universal.
    • 80 Metascore
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    There's something totally irresistible about Antics: The air of mystery, the bleak but hopeful arrangements and the melodies so sharp and moving that they might inspire a night of heroic partying.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Sexsmith's best album yet.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Deeper Bruce fans will go ga-ga over the dearth of hits on this collection and twists like "Born in the U.S.A." getting a Nebraska-esque treatment and a great version of "Jungleland." Everyone else will simply love it.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Some Cities brims with confidence, as the band delivers a mix of Motown rhythms and windswept melodies with unblinking force.
    • 79 Metascore
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    The Alternative to Love is tipped to be his big breakthrough album, and it's easy to see why. It's full of bright '70s power-pop choruses, infectious guitar riffs and the kind of laid-back breeziness that suggests most of these songs came to him in his sleep.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Beck's taken everything he's good at and made it better.
    • 66 Metascore
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    While their sound is decidedly of the moment (Bloc Party, the Killers, et al), their songs are undeniably catchy as all get-out.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It is the sound of Interpol as reinterpreted by Tom Waits--a breathtaking album with bite.
    • 81 Metascore
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    An acoustic-based, late-night journey focusing on social and political bummers and characters who've been battered by life.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Get past the dark stuff and Demon Days reveals a stash of songs that are more fun than a Hong Kong Phooey marathon.
    • 72 Metascore
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    X&Y
    Some may call it repetitious, but with songs so beautifully crafted, everyone should agree that X&Y equals A.
    • 80 Metascore
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    With soft electronic rhythms and tape loops bubbling under, her impassive voice lays out rich lyrics as melodies build and explode around standout tracks like "Galaxies" and "Parisian Dreams."
    • 66 Metascore
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    [Plans has] ginormous power-pop melodies in songs such as "Soul Meets Body" and "Marching Bands of Manhattan" and wussy-boy lyrics that'll make your heart grow a few sizes.
    • 85 Metascore
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    A dynamic piece of work.
    • 84 Metascore
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    People will be Takk-ing about this truly amazing album for years to come.
    • 81 Metascore
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    As subversive as it is weird.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Not only is Depeche Mode virtually indestructible, the pioneering British synth-pop group also keeps getting better.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It's stripped down (and we're not just talking about the jumpsuits), simple and the songwriter's best work in ages.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The band turns each song up to 11 and lets its rabid hometown fans provide thousand-strong backing vocals. It'll make you want to yell "Woooh!" too.
    • 78 Metascore
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    It's [Lewis'] powerful voice and compelling storytelling... that makes the songs of busted relationships and failed faith really sting.
    • 77 Metascore
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    An album that is as lovely as it is seductive.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Tak[es] on the state of global affairs in a way that is both surprisingly direct yet somehow reassuringly weird.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's quite possibly his best album since 1982's Nebraska.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Weird, wonderful and, yes, super.
    • 78 Metascore
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    On bluesy new tracks such as "Stubborn Beast" and "Moonshiner," she conjures a sensual, serious confidence that suggests she's ready to depose Cat Power as the queen of indie teardrop ballads.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A blur of shouted vocals, tribal drums and scattershot riffs.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Fundamental is the group's most inspired album in nearly a decade.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Head-smashing songs like "Supermassive Black Hole" and "Invincible" all point to an album that strives to be nothing less than epic. It succeeds.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Most of these songs are just as good, if not better, than the ones that actually made the cut.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Idlewild is a more down-tempo affair than its genre-splitting predecessor, but it wins points with stone-cold psychedelic soul classics such as "Mighty O," "Peaches" and "Hollywood Divorce."
    • 80 Metascore
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    As concert recordings go, this is one of the best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cookie drips with R&B, hip-hop, Latin grooves, experimental jazz, blues and techno tidbits for yummy multilayered goodness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Simply striking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    18
    Another cool chill-out album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The songs don't exactly have the stripped-down demo feel Harrison intended--but mercifully aren't as over-glossed as those on his last solo album, 1987's Cloud Nine.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With loads of acoustic guitars and the Jayhawks' winsome country harmonies, this album looks back to the sound of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Imagine a dance floor where Steve Reich raves, Talking Heads reunite and disco divas shake their booty with pierced punks.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Diverse and constantly engaging.
    • 52 Metascore
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    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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    OST
    Features only a couple new Em ditties, but they're gems.... Better yet, most of the rest of the disc is made up of solid, original material.
    • 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."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This body of work will be a wonderland of hits in time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Futures goes back to the band's roots, sporting 11 sparkling gems that carefully balance balladry with bombast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a massive success.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Through it all, the guys stay just as tight (translation: radio-ready) as ever, offering up tracks in near-perfect three-minute doses.