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 Final Straw
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3358 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ''Uh Huh Her'' reasserts that Harvey, now the grande dame of this genre, remains unrivaled.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Black's take on Southern soul: spare, graceful, in the pocket, with Black himself sounding reborn and relaxed. [22 Jul 2005, p.78]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A startlingly, shockingly wonderful piece of pop art. [19 Mar 2004, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Breathlessly giddy and shamelessly trippy. [21 Oct 2005, p.75]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its lushly forbidding soundscapes and enigmatic lyricism, Visitations bears repeated journeys. [2 Feb 2007, p.123]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A collection of hypnotic, human rock & roll that extols such seemingly antiquated virtues as moral fiber, history, and love as spirituality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect 41-minute album that balances wide-open melodic inventions with crisp, time-stopping grooves. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2003, p.10]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An unexpected ball. [19 Aug 2005, p.144]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While there may not be a "Sledgehammer"-style smash here, this stuff hits just as hard.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    St. Elsewhere is a bumpy but mesmerizing ride.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An elegant summation of his work. [11 Aug 2006, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a Technicolor pop explosion designed for throwing your jazz hands into the air.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The rest of Vows is equally fresh and surprising, its genre leaps held together by Kimbra's pliant coo.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bows and Arrows reveals a band that's grown tighter, hungrier, and more varied since last time. [6 Feb 2004]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    O
    Rice is both vulnerable and seductive. [18 Jul 2003, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While her 2008 breakout, Youth Novels, was quirky and coy, Wounded Rhymes is hungry, dark, dirty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Up!
    Playing armchair producer and doing comparison tests is so entertaining, the cumulative package is greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A procession of sharp cuts. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Considering the length of her hiatus, this is a remarkable surprise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.