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 Van Lear Rose
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,105 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their lyrics reveal the mysteries of true rolling stones. [16 Oct 2009, p.59]
    • 96 Metascore
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    The spare demos, crystal-clear concert recordings, and handsomely produced liner notes are a fan's delight, but it's the three original albums included here--38 haunting ballads and fist-pumping anthems, some in unreleased mixes, each one a gem--that still shine brightest.
    • 70 Metascore
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    It's a Technicolor pop explosion designed for throwing your jazz hands into the air.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Think of New Moon as a sort of survey course in new-now-next rock: a mixtape with teeth.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Live at Reading presents the band at its post-Nevermind peak. Watching Kurt Cobain radiate so much life is bound to trigger some tears.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether singing or speaking, he does it all with a sort of messy, testifying fervor: There are many congregants in the Church of Kanye, but none so devout as the man himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    On songs like the space-folky ''Long Hard Road'' and the reggae-scented ''Babyfather,'' Sade exhales peerlessly while the boys behind her fluff one heck of a sonic pillow. Weary bones, rest here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are none of the folk-alt-rock karaoke selections of previous American discs on American VI: Ain't No Grave, just 10 wholly appropriate picks that speak to the gravity of ?Johnny Cash's situation and his joy?in both life and death.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This concert CD/DVD does a great job of highlighting both sides of The White Stripes' carefully controlled public persona.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While there may not be a "Sledgehammer"-style smash here, this stuff hits just as hard.
    • 76 Metascore
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    On Body Talk Pt. 2, this eight-track follow-up to June's Body Talk Pt. 1, the Swedish electro-pop pixie uses sleek club music to endearingly explore more unpolished emotions.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Sale el Sol still demonstrates Shakira's boldly global mindset.
    • 100 Metascore
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    Only hardcore devotees (of which, admittedly, there are many) truly need to hear all of the 25 rarities and concert recordings included with this expanded two-CD reissue Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Spectacular Swedish import Robyn continues to languish in the cult-act remainder bin, but these 15 excellently curated tracks (culled from three 2010 EPs) deserve to change that.
    • 90 Metascore
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    He wants our sex, and he can have it.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Harvey uses the bright grooves to present her grim thoughts on the world's armed conflicts. It's a hoedown for the end of civilization.
    • 83 Metascore
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    While her 2008 breakout, Youth Novels, was quirky and coy, Wounded Rhymes is hungry, dark, dirty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    Four hypnotic, Madge-tinged dance tracks. [1 Apr 2011, p.77]
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On Rome, they masterfully conjure up a love story fit for the silver screen--shoot-outs and tumbleweeds included.
    • 82 Metascore
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    The whole record plays like a best-of sampler--not just for Paisley, but for the history of the art form.
    • 71 Metascore
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    It's a reminder to the rest of the pretty-rock community that loveliness is worthless if there's no heart behind it, and Death Cab's beats stronger than most.
    • 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]
    • 99 Metascore
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    The set lists may have looked similar, but here's proof they didn't sound alike --and that they'll still get you mighty high.
    • 78 Metascore
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    A concise set of soul-kissed tunes. [28 Oct 2011, p.73]