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 Bavarian Fruit Bread
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 787
787 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While undeniably ambitious and moving in parts--with sunny harmonies and layered production--it also happens to be a little kitschy.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if you think you've heard it all before, West is a winner.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Dylan's] most cohesive work in over a decade...
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's as gripping as N.W.A.'s groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a massive success.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Double the pleasure, double the fun? Definitely, definitely.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Okay, so it's not the most revolutionary concept album, but the raw energy and mad buzz make it one that's easy to get hooked on.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Los fans--as well as those who just love great, spicy rhythms--will quickly learn that they Canto live without this disc.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a welcome change to the current hard-rock juggernaut.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Throughout the disc, his attention to detail and melody stretch well beyond his 22 years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Some tracks are as disconnected as a David Lynch film, but no one does misery like this neo-blues hollerer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An emotionally wracked masterpiece, drawing on immaculate influences like the Pixies and Talking Heads while sounding distinctly original.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Z
    Z seems like just the beginning of a whole new phase.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Good luck trying to keep your head from spinning around like Linda Blair.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The veteran singer-songwriter has opted to retreat into old-timey blues, rattling off clich├ęs about blind horses and hog-eyed towns while laying down a halfhearted soundtrack of brushed drums, plucked guitars and woozy strings.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Elliott keeps her sharp raps relatively slow-moving over the space-age production and allows room for the long list of guests like Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Da Brat to shine.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Say hello to your new metal gods.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Any music snob who has ever fantasized about grafting Belle & Sebastian's deceptively sweet melodies onto Modest Mouse's angular rhythms and riffs needs look no further than the Shins.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are plenty of throwaway tunes, and the sound quality is decidedly lo-fi, but what's most surprising about this three-CD collection is the number of good songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Björk's latest is as delightfully eccentric as her choice in outfits, blending scratchy electronic programming with tinkling music boxes and squeezing her formidable voice into ancient-sounding harmonies or futuristic whispers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Exquisite, angry, sad and personal, basement is a beautiful swan song of one of this generation's best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Bed-Stuy boy musters up enough of his own charisma, charm and wit to build another solid release.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Woods seems like a retreat into the '90s, playing up the grunge and angst of the band's Northwestern stomping grounds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like the Streets or Dizzee Rascal, Arulpragasam's beats are minimal, but tracks such as "Pull Up the People" make use of every ounce of groove as tight, crisp synth lines backing her catchy raga delivery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Jaxx prove they can make this old house music exciting and new.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though the production is slicker, The Dirty South is still packed with painful, well-illustrated southern gothic sagas.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Williams' captivating lyrics are gut-wrenchingly intimate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's the album you wish the Strokes would've made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This disc's rich, exotic flavor gets more intense the longer you chew on it.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You'll love it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Conjures up an exotic, enchanting world populated with slide guitars, maracas, accordions, brass bands and late-night country crooning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is a fine final coda that's no tearjerker but a reminder of how much he matters right now.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    OST
    Nostalgic without sounding outdated, it's one bash worth revisiting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A lesson in subtlety, 10 songs of abstract musical impressions that foil today's connect-the-dots pop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A dynamic piece of work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you haven't already pledged your allegiance to Radiohead, this isn't gonna turn you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You'll be left wondering why other bands aren't so daring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are times when Conrad Keely's scabrous vocals are more grating than ingratiating, but this is mainly stunning stuff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Shelve this one next to that Adam Sandler CD you haven't listened to in four years.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Provides a mind-blowing nostalgic trip for those who grew up with these songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ben Gibbard has a knack for painting scenes of such intimate detail they come off as universal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Songs like "First Night" and "You Can Make Him Like You" conjure up a bit of Springsteen, a bit of Westerberg and far more catchiness than they should rightfully be allowed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply awesome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rich with melody and drama, even the band's experiments--like adapting King Crimson's "Moonchild" into the lush "M62 Song"--work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    All bluster and noise and no substance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unlike so many other cut-and-paste experiments, this actually sounds like music and not a clever science project.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Indestructible feels a lot less dangerous than their previous discs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Has a few more production touches than his past crackling work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Veni Vidi Vicious literally explodes with frenetic guitar jangle and audacious hooks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    People will be Takk-ing about this truly amazing album for years to come.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A streamlined effort that's stylish, cool and has a sense of finality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [The Crane Wife] not only matches past pop glories, in most cases, it tops them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Her voice has grown huskier with age, the songs are barely there, and hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo doesn't have the delicate hand that's required to bring them to life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One listen, and you'll be hooked on the happiness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Simply the Flaming Lips doing what they do best, which is being beautifully weird and loving every minute of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A set of really great songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [An] elegant mix of jazz, electronica and lush gospel choruses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    [This] downcast disc is actually an improvement on its predecessor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The four-piece has transformed into a genuine powerhouse, blowing away any so-called new rock revolution contenders with lovely melodies and effortless intensity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Evokes Jamiroquai, Steely Dan and Curtis Mayfield--all at the same time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Holland gracefully achieves the spookiness and timelessness artists like Tori Amos and Cat Power have been chasing for years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If there's a touchstone band for this album, it's Little Creatures-era Talking Heads cranking out songs that are joyously eccentric, celebratory and catchy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Be
    A sprawling, varied disc that's as laid-back as a cool summer afternoon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a rootsy, honest album in the simple tradition of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beck's best when he's tweaking music he has a genuine interest in, giving new humor and affection to his nasty grooves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give it a couple of spins, and you'll find it's completely mind-blowing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Simply great.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Instantly engaging, and totally engrossing over time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's hard to shake the feeling that something is missing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are some impossibly fun tunes in the mix.... But will this album really change your life? No.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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").
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This set of songs comes with a chill of morbidity that's hard to shake.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cookie drips with R&B, hip-hop, Latin grooves, experimental jazz, blues and techno tidbits for yummy multilayered goodness.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Get past the dark stuff and Demon Days reveals a stash of songs that are more fun than a Hong Kong Phooey marathon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Melodically exquisite, this is a triumph of minimalism.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Teeters on '80s synth cheese every now and again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Amazing collaborations that emphasize the veteran band's rich Latin and blues roots.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A far more streamlined affair, songs stretch out into dreamy extended jams that make bossa nova rhythms, sizzling electronics and screeching metal guitars seem like perfectly acceptable bedfellows.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's quite possibly his best album since 1982's Nebraska.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is the sound of Interpol as reinterpreted by Tom Waits--a breathtaking album with bite.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their debut drips of melancholy and swims in gorgeous sheets of incidental noise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    [It] feels more overly familiar and Velvet Underground-y than usual, which isn't a good thing for a band with such forward-thinking ideals.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even with all the drama, Construction is Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The songs don't always match the brouhaha surrounding their arrival, but there's no denying the exquisite craft on display.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    [Will] leave White Stripes' fans divided.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As subversive as it is weird.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In essence, it's a younger, fitter and infinitely hipper version of what Moby is doing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.