Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,362 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Celebration
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3362 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's an urgency in his voice that gives every driving chorus added heat, whether he's singing about a woman (''I Don't Do Lonely Well,'' ''Staring at the Sun''), his country-boy work ethic (''The Only Way I Know,'' with Luke Bryan and Eric Church), or a water tower (literally, ''Water Tower''). And man, does he know how to turn a simple date-night drive into something epic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The savvier arrangements, brimming with unsettling sound effects, put Cookie Mountain several steps ahead of its fine 2004 predecessor, Desperate Youth, Bloody Thirsty Babes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Historical Conquests of..., a sprawling diorama of down-home rhythms and thoughtful lyrics, isn't immediately striking. But there's a joy in unfurling the half-submerged melodies and wry, tender sentiments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As usual, the results are exquisitely unsettling... [3/9/2001, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hot Sauce is a lot like Daniel Craig's übercool James Bond - another stripped-down return to a franchise's best virtues after a decade or so of wandering the desert. It took a little time, but the Boys are back with a license to ill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For all its irrepressible sonic whimsy, Production also reveals quite a bit of unexpected depth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rainbow, her rich, masterful third LP, is far more than a kiss-off to old demons--it’s an artistic feat, as Kesha unites stylistic forays with her sharp, weathered lyricism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rogue's high, gentle vocals and halcyon harmonies mask lyrics that are occasionally dark and cynical--but never mushy. [28 Oct 2005, p.87]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Moving futher away from her early alt-country sound has sharpened Case's songwriting instincts. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The upstate New York quintet's assured performances act as a suitable memorial [to Pike]. [22/29 Aug 2008, p.122]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The outcome is akin to an artistic explosion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In this trans-American setting, Case emerges as a roots powerhouse. [13 Sep 2002, p.156]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The indie dance act hits those heights [of single "Blue Cassette"] 10 more times. [27 May 2011, p.79]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cash has once again seen that white light--yet resisted its allure--and written an apocalyptic title track and put his stamp on an eclectic batch of material. [8 Nov 2002, p.106]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They're maximum ragers for minimum wagers. [21 Oct 2005, p.77]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though Clouds occasionally overstretches (see the eye-rolling high school yearbook fodder "Just a Sign"), B.o.B's confidence serves him well; the fact that he can funnel all that pop froth and still go toe-to-toe with scene-stealer Minaj on the blippy "Out of My Mind" is impressive testament to his infectious, unflappable cool.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Organ raises the Saddle Creek bar in terms of sheer psychiatric-rock intensity. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2003, p.10]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s something pleasingly organic, though, in Weight’s cohesiveness; it asks for patience and rewards it, weaving true tales of regret and resilience into one fiercely honest, gloriously flawed whole. Bless this mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's all ghetto vérité and political paranoia, with claustrophobic production to match the doom and gloom.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's more than capable of drifting smoothly between bluesy soul, juke-joint R&B, and drinking-song folk on his hearty debut. [6 Oct 2014, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An old-school indie-rock disc reminiscent of Bettie Serveert, Rainer Maria, and Liz Phair.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Adams finds moments of quiet beauty and rabble-rousing rock. [12 Sep 2014, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The self-proclaimed final album showcases the best of the duo's trance-y instrumentals, propulsive hooks, and bubbling beats. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.105]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Each of its 24 tracks snaps and crackles with Schneider's sugary, peerless pop. [16 Feb 2007, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [The album] is full of claustrophobic, boom-bap and Far East mash-up pops. [26 Oct 2012, p.75]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The dozen brief, ridiculously infectious tunes on Watch me Fall come wrapped in arrangements that run from frenetic punk to bouncy Britpop to wistful balladry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Parkway didn't take Fountains of Wayne to the charts, but let's hope the Interstate will. [13 Jun 2003, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Much of the beauty of Tasty is in witnessing Kelis rise to the challenge of working with multiple imaginative maestros. [12 Dec 2003, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Gotta get that boom boom pow? Look no further.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The result is a spiritual sibling to such previous great, emotionally raw ruminations on shattered personal lives as Phil Collins' Face Value and Beck's Sea Change.