Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,105 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 80% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 45:33
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,105 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As bummers go, West is a beautiful one — akin to Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another multifaceted gem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Moon's two cohesive CDs prove as emotionally powerful as anything in his catalog. [1 Jun 2007, p.68]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite all the distortion and teeth-shivering riffs, Icky Thump rivals White Blood Cells in accessibility. [22 Jun 2007, p.68]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A procession of sharp cuts. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It isn't long before you realize how frickin' right it all sounds, how damn near flawless the tone of the whole set feels. [28 Sep 2007, p.104]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magic, his best record since "The River" in 1980. [5 Oct 2007, p.68]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ndegeocello's dreamy vocal styles buttress this boudoir-freindly work. [28 Sep 2007, p.106]
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A gas, a blast. [12 Oct 2007, p.75]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rainbows may be the gentlest, prettiest Radiohead set yet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chase This Light is what emo should sound like: big emotions, sure, but also big hooks, big stakes. And big rewards. [19 Oct 2007, p.126]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    45:33 deftly segues from the smooth funk favored by Levan to synth-pop and Talking Heads-style polyrhythms before opening into serious space-party territory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fantastic all of the time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The cumulative result is an exhilarating, bone-deep experience--a true album, built for sustained listening.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Damn if an already nearly perfect album doesn't, with these bonus tracks, gets a little better itself. [18 Jul 2008, p.64]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LP3
    While these beats keep you hooked without a single word, surely they'd sound phenomenal with the right vocal on top. [15 Aug 2008, p.67]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This Austin quintet follows 2007's "The Stage Names" with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Backed by a galvanizing ensemble of musicians that would make the Funk Brothers proud, Saadiq belts out effervescent love songs with infectious vigor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Excitingly, Tell Tale Signs jumps decades ahead to offer an alternate history of a less leaky period: the creative renaissance that started at the end of the 1980s and has been bearing fruit ever since.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed is full of half-heartfelt, half-hilarious songs that capture the rush of being young in a noisy new century.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His music now seems as fresh and necessary an alternative to rap's mainstream as it did when Tribe first arrived. Welcome back, old friend.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Many of the unreleased, B-side, and cover tracks here are less immediate, but no less joyful for the Pavement completist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With thrash-and-burn riffs, shout-along rants, E Street Band-style blue-collar blues, and tin-can acoustics, these Jersey boys' debut album The Airing of Grievances burns all the way down from its big mouth to its black liver.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Springsteen's topical concerns have subsided for now, washed away by a high tide of positive personal feelings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Actor is a uniquely potent cocktail of sounds and moods that'll get you hooked, fast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Earle, Townes Van Zandt's foremost disciple, gives 15 favorites the kind of carefully considered settings they deserve.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the album trips lightly from slinky roller-skate jams ('Fences') to near Brit-rocky rave-ups ('Lasso'), the underlying vibe is both retro and somehow outside of time--like a memory made sweeter than the real thing it recalls.