Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,331 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: 77
Highest review score: 100 The Airing Of Grievances
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3331 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    She crafts Ceremonials, a confident, unflinching tour de force.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The six discs in Achtung Baby: Uber Deluxe Edition may seem like overkill, but most everything here, from the raw demos (a stripped-away "Mysterious Ways" is especially revelatory) to the cache of beat-science remixes that put 1993's confusing Zooropa into better context, is essential to understanding the most inscrutable stadium-filling band in history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rich exploration of Appalachian roots. [25 Nov 2011, p.71]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's de-lovely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their grandiose score will make you glad that this silent film [Melies' 1902 film A Trip to the Moon] isn't silent anymore. [17 Feb 2012, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They've made the most exciting debut of 2012 so far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The rest of Vows is equally fresh and surprising, its genre leaps held together by Kimbra's pliant coo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thirty-five albums in, Dylan remains as magical and mysterious as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a headphones album in an age of radio singles; a bravura live performance that stands out against pro forma knob-twiddling; a jazzy disco attack on the basic house beat; a full collaboration at a time when the superstar DJ stands alone. It's also quite moving; melancholy runs through every song.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stoner-rock heavyweight Josh Homme shows no ring rust on QOTSA's first new album in six years. [14 Jun 2013, p.94]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ["I'll Be Yours" and "Move That Dope"] reinforces Future's status as the rap game's current MVP. [2 May 2014, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On Platinum, an old-school country wisecracker that's one of her all-time bests, she's funny as hell.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultraviolence is the masked bacchanalia that finally unleashes the full potential lurking beneath the hype.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LP1
    She exerts enough of a magnetic pull to lure listeners into some challenging territory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A startlingly accessible, possibly even pop-friendly effort. [3 Oct 2014, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though they're no longer underdogs—their last album, 2005's The Woods, cemented their rep as one of the all-time great groups—that hasn't changed on their triumphant return.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His latest sounds happier, and it’s still steeped in the Southern mythology that’s his forte.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    HITnRUN is an invigorating, eclectic modern pop record that takes a now-familiar (but still no less impressive) formula--equal parts hedonistic arena rock, chugging funk, and art-mutated pop--and tacks on a handful of new sounds and twists that give is a satisfying, visceral edge.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s hard to grade Montage of Heck. Considering sound quality and execution of ideas, it’s in the lower C range. But as a cultural artifact that provides an inside look at the creative process of an enigmatic genius, it’s absolutely indispensable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her boldest, most ambitious, best album to date.