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 Actor
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,105 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
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    Lush, high-plains soundtrack music. [1 Nov 2002, p.70]
    • 79 Metascore
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    The overall tone remains knowing and playful.
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
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    This blissful joy ride is hard to resist and easy to love.
    • 80 Metascore
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    A lovely surprise. [17 Aug 2001, p.72]
    • 85 Metascore
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    The results are astonishing. [26 July 2002, p.68]
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Although he can be self-righteous, scattered, and grim, a team of truly youthful-minded producers is there to color the gray.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Betke masterfully manipulates space and echo. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
    • 72 Metascore
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    The sweetly pained vocals sound darn similar to Beth Orton's. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wipe away its dusting of frost and you'll encounter mystery, beauty, and alluring rhapsodies, with the warm, pulsating beats serving as the music's heart.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
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    A glorious blend of punk and power pop straight outta '78. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.133]
    • 82 Metascore
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    With Broadway-worthy new standards, and a strong supporting cast, Wainwright delivers a flawless, flip-flopless performance. [8 June 2001, p.76]
    • 85 Metascore
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    They're profane, bursting with rage and lust, and they deliver more laughs than anyone since Richard Pryor.
    • 79 Metascore
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    As hopelessly antiquated as it may sound in the year 2000, it's as if they decided it was time to write and record an album of very good, extremely substantial traditional rock songs with an underlying inspirational bent.... the new work focuses on songs, not sonic gimmicks, and the difference is palpable.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Practically every song is a near-perfect amalgam of straight-up melodies and pogoing beats. [5 Nov 2004, p.80]
    • 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.''
    • 73 Metascore
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    Much of the credit for this catchy set of Britpop goes to the intelligent use of samples. [2 Apr 2004, p.66]
    • 89 Metascore
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    The year's best hard-rock album. [6 Sep 2002, p.86]
    • 79 Metascore
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    Apple's piano trundles, the strings loom, the beats clop; everything, including her throaty voice, has alluring dark circles under it. With their hints of cabaret, tango, and doomed chanteuses, the melodies slither rather than pummel you.
    • 70 Metascore
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    From start to powerful finish 16 tracks later, Scorpion pumps up the volume, the rhythms, everything.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
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    Sophisticated stuff even for a music vet; truly stunning considering McKay is only 19.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The disc's gritter sound, courtesy of producer Steve Earle, is a perfect complement to Sexsmith's "Waterloo Sunset" croon... [6/8/2001, p.76]
    • 84 Metascore
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    His encouraging lyrics are creatively conceived and cliche-free, while his music has a folky, redemptive grace. [11 Oct 2002, p.83]
    • 77 Metascore
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    The multiproducer arrangements are expansive yet warm, and Blige's pushy rasp has never sounded better.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
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    A transcendent and seductively personal sound.
    • 88 Metascore
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    69 elegant observations by a pop master.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A perfectly imperfect set, it's looser, blowsier, and more what-the-hell? than anything she's done.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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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    White conjures lost souls drifting through a mythical nation of pawnshops and cheap motels, his voice a sensual whisper over their rattling bones. [9 Jul 2004, p.89]
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    One of the year's most consistently pleasurable debuts.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Could be the Strokes in 10 years--if they work hard. [Listen 2 This Supplement, Aug 2002, p.14]
    • 79 Metascore
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    A startlingly, shockingly wonderful piece of pop art. [19 Mar 2004, p.64]
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Feels like a mash note to autumnal Manhattan. [26 Sep 2003, p.93]
    • 79 Metascore
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    ''Uh Huh Her'' reasserts that Harvey, now the grande dame of this genre, remains unrivaled.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Capture[s] a mighty band at the height of its gargantuan power.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Shockingly well done... a remarkable album. [3 Sep 2004, p.73]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
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    By adding grit and gutter-savvy humor, Skinner also takes U.K. garage to a new level, making for the year's most striking debut.
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
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    A breathtaking 35 minutes. [12 Nov 2004, p.122]
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
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    A set of irresistible tracks both danceable and desolate. [28 May 2004, p.124]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Rice is both vulnerable and seductive. [18 Jul 2003, p.76]
    • 84 Metascore
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    One of her best efforts. [10 Sep 2004, p.161]
    • 97 Metascore
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    It's a gorgeous trip back to a time when anything seemed possible. [1 Oct 2004, p.73]
    • 77 Metascore
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    Their ensemble sound remains sharp and inimitable.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Fans will likely find Live In New York City's porridge not too epic and not too stingy, the balance of newer material, obvious classics, and obscure trifles just right. [13 Apr 2001, p.73]
    • 84 Metascore
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    Holmes races through genres like a mad cab driver running red lights, revving up a jittery, urban fever dream from a junk heap of beats and ragged exotica. [10/27/2000, p.120]
    • 73 Metascore
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    Offers up the same taut honky-tonk, high-lonesome balladry and electric-rock snarls as Failer. But the production is more direct, and her songs are more rueful. [4 Mar 2005, p.71]
    • 63 Metascore
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    All retro rock should sound this good. [22 Apr 2005, p.62]
    • 85 Metascore
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    Everett finally delivers the absolute stone masterpiece fans have always known lurked inside his dour heart. [29 Apr 2005, p.147]
    • 77 Metascore
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    The vibe isn't far removed from the funky frathouse spirit of a vintage Leon Russell album (note: That's a good thing). [18 Mar 2005, p.66]
    • 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]
    • 77 Metascore
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    An unexpected ball. [19 Aug 2005, p.144]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
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    The cleaner take on Extraordinary Machine is like a trip to a less cluttered haunted house, and Apple's more nuanced delivery sticks the knife in, but slowly. It's both charming and devastating. [7 Oct 2005, p.72]
    • 84 Metascore
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    Breathlessly giddy and shamelessly trippy. [21 Oct 2005, p.75]
    • 81 Metascore
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    Considering the length of her hiatus, this is a remarkable surprise.
    • 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]
    • 93 Metascore
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    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
    • 81 Metascore
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    More diverse than the series debut. [3 Mar 2006, p.102]
    • 81 Metascore
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    St. Elsewhere is a bumpy but mesmerizing ride.
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
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    Finally, they put their music where their opinionated mouths are.
    • 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]
    • 81 Metascore
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    Ward's talents have never been more persuasively showcased. [1 Sep 2006, p.77]
    • 89 Metascore
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    Intriguing, immediate, and quietly epic, Modern Times must rank among Dylan's finest albums.
    • 94 Metascore
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    An elegant summation of his work. [11 Aug 2006, p.69]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The best hip-hop album of 2006.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The season's most thrilling holiday release. [1 Dec 2006, p.85]
    • 72 Metascore
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    With its lushly forbidding soundscapes and enigmatic lyricism, Visitations bears repeated journeys. [2 Feb 2007, p.123]
    • 69 Metascore
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    As bummers go, West is a beautiful one — akin to Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Another multifaceted gem.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Moon's two cohesive CDs prove as emotionally powerful as anything in his catalog. [1 Jun 2007, p.68]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Despite all the distortion and teeth-shivering riffs, Icky Thump rivals White Blood Cells in accessibility. [22 Jun 2007, p.68]
    • 73 Metascore
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    A procession of sharp cuts. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
    • 71 Metascore
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    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
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    Magic, his best record since "The River" in 1980. [5 Oct 2007, p.68]
    • 84 Metascore
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    Ndegeocello's dreamy vocal styles buttress this boudoir-freindly work. [28 Sep 2007, p.106]
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
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    A gas, a blast. [12 Oct 2007, p.75]