Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,358 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 In Rainbows
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3358 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
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    ''Uh Huh Her'' reasserts that Harvey, now the grande dame of this genre, remains unrivaled.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Though the Man in Black has rarely sounded blacker, producer Rick Rubin frames that deep sea voice with harmonies and churchly organs, making for a dark angel beauty of an album that's austere but welcoming.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Lamar’s earnestness and charisma never waver; as much as he owes to his predecessor, the clearest antecedent for Butterfly isn’t Pac but rather peak Prince. Lamar operates in the same boldly visionary idiom as the Purple One, expanding the boundaries of the hip-hop empire and daring other aspirants to the throne.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Black's take on Southern soul: spare, graceful, in the pocket, with Black himself sounding reborn and relaxed. [22 Jul 2005, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    A startlingly, shockingly wonderful piece of pop art. [19 Mar 2004, p.64]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Breathlessly giddy and shamelessly trippy. [21 Oct 2005, p.75]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Civilians matches Henry's rough croon with a rich, warm sound that instantly draws you into its sonic world. You won't want to leave.
    • 81 Metascore
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    As well as Morning Glory holds up, it's the 14 B sides guitarist and main songwriter Noel threw away nearly two decades ago that make up the fantastically gooey center of a new three-disc package.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Bristling with an electric current that seemingly short-circuited years ago, ''When I Was Cruel'' is the best work Costello has produced since ''Blood & Chocolate'' back in the mid-'80s.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The reissue of their 1993 debut rescues a bevy of lost single, further cementing Icky;s status as a holy grail of lovely, rumpled passion. [5 Aug 2011, p.75]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    In wedding bluegrass with the Appalachian sound of her youth, Parton, who wrote half of the material and reprises her classic ''Down From Dover,'' repeatedly explores her favorite theme -- romantic betrayal -- and turns in a powerful performance, augmented by the best of bluegrass' hot pickers
    • 72 Metascore
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    With its lushly forbidding soundscapes and enigmatic lyricism, Visitations bears repeated journeys. [2 Feb 2007, p.123]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
    • 73 Metascore
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    A collection of hypnotic, human rock & roll that extols such seemingly antiquated virtues as moral fiber, history, and love as spirituality.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A perfect 41-minute album that balances wide-open melodic inventions with crisp, time-stopping grooves. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2003, p.10]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    An unexpected ball. [19 Aug 2005, p.144]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    While there may not be a "Sledgehammer"-style smash here, this stuff hits just as hard.
    • 81 Metascore
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    St. Elsewhere is a bumpy but mesmerizing ride.
    • 94 Metascore
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    An elegant summation of his work. [11 Aug 2006, p.69]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    It's a Technicolor pop explosion designed for throwing your jazz hands into the air.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The rest of Vows is equally fresh and surprising, its genre leaps held together by Kimbra's pliant coo.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Bows and Arrows reveals a band that's grown tighter, hungrier, and more varied since last time. [6 Feb 2004]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Rice is both vulnerable and seductive. [18 Jul 2003, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    While her 2008 breakout, Youth Novels, was quirky and coy, Wounded Rhymes is hungry, dark, dirty.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Up!
    Playing armchair producer and doing comparison tests is so entertaining, the cumulative package is greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Crackling with a bristling immediacy, Van Lear Rose yanks Lynn into the present while never abandoning musical traditions that continue to define her, her voice, and her material. [30 Apr 2004, p.160]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    A procession of sharp cuts. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Considering the length of her hiatus, this is a remarkable surprise.
    • 70 Metascore
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    The album’s real heart, though, is in the spots where Brock lets his eccentricities run wild. “Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)” is named for the man who murdered Gianni Versace, and is as deeply creepy as its subject matter. It’s as strange as “Lampshades” is accessible, a tricky move pulled off expertly, and proof that the band’s found a vital second wind.
    • 67 Metascore
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    They've made the most exciting debut of 2012 so far.
    • 72 Metascore
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    A set of irresistible tracks both danceable and desolate. [28 May 2004, p.124]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A rich exploration of Appalachian roots. [25 Nov 2011, p.71]
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    • 62 Metascore
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    It's de-lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
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    A concise set of soul-kissed tunes. [28 Oct 2011, p.73]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    The sweetly pained vocals sound darn similar to Beth Orton's. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    Sale el Sol still demonstrates Shakira's boldly global mindset.
    • 90 Metascore
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    He wants our sex, and he can have it.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The multiproducer arrangements are expansive yet warm, and Blige's pushy rasp has never sounded better.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Proof folk music shouldn't just conjure the past, but also sit down and have a drink with it in the present. [12 May 2006, p.82]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    The storytelling on The Truth About Love, Pink's sixth album and first full-length since 2008's Funhouse, is unfalteringly vibrant, loaded with righteous anger, irreverence, and a clear eye for the darker side.
    • 91 Metascore
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    [The album's] ambition flies so far beyond that of anyone doing rap right now (or pop, or rock, or R&B), awards shows may need to create a special category for it. [19 Sep 2003, p.83]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    On Platinum, an old-school country wisecracker that's one of her all-time bests, she's funny as hell.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Though elaborately orchestrated, the songs retain their intimacy, communicated in Ashcroft's vocals, which, over the years, keep getting warmer. [7 Mar 2003, p.72]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    More diverse than the series debut. [3 Mar 2006, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    [The] tension between Rubin's desire to pare it down and Diamond's tendency to amp it up makes for the best musical checks and balances; nothing gets too unplugged or too bombastic. [11 Nov 2005, p.67]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    Betke masterfully manipulates space and echo. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    11 irresistible sound collages that feature driving beats, amiable guitar acoustics, and a quadraphonic sense of aural play that encourages rampant headphone abuse. [15 Feb 2002, p.68]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    It's beautifully committed music--the kind that's as essential now as it has ever been. [11 Aug 2006, p.67]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    They embellish what they long ago mastered: making shaggy, dreamy, cuddly, explosive indie rock. [15 Sep 2006, p.72]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Four hypnotic, Madge-tinged dance tracks. [1 Apr 2011, p.77]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    A gas, a blast. [12 Oct 2007, p.75]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    It’s Lorde’s own storytelling that offers Melodrama‘s most rewarding twists.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The results are astonishing. [26 July 2002, p.68]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    Live at Reading presents the band at its post-Nevermind peak. Watching Kurt Cobain radiate so much life is bound to trigger some tears.
    • 72 Metascore
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    American Beauty/American Psycho, the quartet's seventh studio album, is even better [than 2013's Save Rock and Roll], and reveals them as perhaps the only current mainstream rock combo capable of making big-venue sing-alongs that also reward deep headphone analysis.
    • 88 Metascore
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    69 elegant observations by a pop master.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Ndegeocello's dreamy vocal styles buttress this boudoir-freindly work. [28 Sep 2007, p.106]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    Captures the punk attitude, brittle R&B vamps, and quirky lyrical trips of their early years. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.123]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    This lush, un-hurried album reveals a surer character, rebuking other rappers who talk smack "just to get a reaction" and even relatives diminished by easy money and proximity to fame.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Their ensemble sound remains sharp and inimitable.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's their trademark boisterous hyper-melodies... that will have you involuntarily humming their praises for weeks (months!) to come. [26 Aug 2005, p.59]
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    • 67 Metascore
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    The cumulative result is an exhilarating, bone-deep experience--a true album, built for sustained listening.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The delicate melodies--sung by Merritt and various innocents, including longtime collaborator Claudia Gonson--make all the psychic mayhem go down smoothly, barely leaving a trace of blood on the floor.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The album radiates universal beauty and truth in the tradition of Stevie Wonder and Minnie Ripperton--and the whole world could simply use more of that.
    • 95 Metascore
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    After delving into the personal on 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and going broader on Butterfly, Lamar has found a middle ground on DAMN. that yields some of his most emotionally resonant music yet.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Ward's talents have never been more persuasively showcased. [1 Sep 2006, p.77]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    A glorious blend of punk and power pop straight outta '78. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.133]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    A magisterial album.... If the group has cast off some of the youthful eclecticism, the three Chicks have pulled off something more difficult: refined their trademark sound without allowing it to turn into a copyrighted formula.
    • 83 Metascore
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    You could figure it as a sop to today's interactive mash-up culture. Or you could say it's just extending the medley-ish, segue-happy ethos of Abbey Road to the band's entire catalog. Really, it's both, and it's bliss.
    • 62 Metascore
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    In Your Dreams, Nicks' first studio album since 2001, is also streaked with the witchy-woman weirdness only she can bring.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Another set of songs that are political and unflinchingly personal, but still manage to entertain. [7 June 2002, p. 76]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Displaying a cohesion rarely heard in albums these days, ''A Rush of Blood'' bobs from one majestic little high to another.
    • 78 Metascore
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    This concert CD/DVD does a great job of highlighting both sides of The White Stripes' carefully controlled public persona.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Their [the guest artists'] fresh influx of ideas on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends creates new flavor profiles for the band's loopy psychedelic slurry.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Stankonia reeks of artful ambition rendered with impeccable skill -- or as one song title so concisely has it, ''So Fresh, So Clean.''
    • 80 Metascore
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    The season's most thrilling holiday release. [1 Dec 2006, p.85]
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    • 94 Metascore
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    He samples atmospheric noodling from Aphex Twin and bombastic nuggets from Black Sabbath and King Crimson, and he gets help from some of the biggest names in pop, rap, and indie rock. West crafts these influences into a fever dream with a crescendo around every corner - the Beautiful Fantasy of the album's title.
    • 70 Metascore
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    From start to powerful finish 16 tracks later, Scorpion pumps up the volume, the rhythms, everything.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Lovely, heartbreaking, and just diffident enough to get perspective on this bittersweet old world. [26 Sep 2003, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Alt-rock blues darker and scarier than Jon Spencer or even Jack White ever imagined. [24 Dec 2004, p.66]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Magic, his best record since "The River" in 1980. [5 Oct 2007, p.68]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    It's not all darkness: The Brighton, England-based quintet offers enough straight-ahead rockers to keep the CD from turning into dirge overkill. [Oct 2003, p.95]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A vertiginous rainbow swirl that crams so many ideas into so many tight spaces that each track is like a perfectly rendered Joseph Cornell box.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The peak of Cave's 15th album with the Bad Seeds is a multidimensional walkabout through sonic shadows and fog. [22 Feb 2013, p.74]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    In Detours' subdued second half, though, Crow lays off the social commentary to address her own recent rough patches, with lyrics that grow more absorbing and intimate as Bottrell's eclecticism simmers down.
    • 87 Metascore
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    With these 17 tracks, Ocean shows himself to be one of pop’s foremost innovators.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Superfans may well die happy with this much concentrated Madge-estry: 36 tracks covering nearly every phase of her 25-year career. It all holds up surprisingly well.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Intriguing, immediate, and quietly epic, Modern Times must rank among Dylan's finest albums.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It's that very rare thing: a totally fresh--and utterly engaging--sound. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2004, p.12]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    A breathtaking 35 minutes. [12 Nov 2004, p.122]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Many of the unreleased, B-side, and cover tracks here are less immediate, but no less joyful for the Pavement completist.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Golden-voiced Murphy, however, doesn't try for any cheap Bowie-baritone vocal mimicry, and his lyrics and musicianship have greater depth and polish. The best inspiration should come with improvements, and Murphy's are vast.
    • 88 Metascore
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    This blissful joy ride is hard to resist and easy to love.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Fantastic all of the time.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Backed by a galvanizing ensemble of musicians that would make the Funk Brothers proud, Saadiq belts out effervescent love songs with infectious vigor.