Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,149 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Stay Positive
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,149 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ealom is one cool customer, and her bandmates know their best music arises from showcasing her in all her multitracked glory. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.133]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lynne is so in her element... that you have to believe the title's a deliberate misnomer. [26 Sep 2003, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The CD hits a high point with the churning, turboed bluegrass of ''Caroline.'' But it's all just a warm-up for the title track, in which the pair's recollections of rites of passage form a gutsy account of the terrible beauty of coming of age.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Call him Tenacious Z. [31 May 2002, p.108]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    'Winning'' is a winner, offering ample reason for connoisseurs of great pop to rejoice, whatever their age. Alternately wistful and witty, introspective and invigorating, it's arguably even better than ''The Ego Has Landed,'' Williams' 1999 Stateside calling card.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A fetching collection of pop confections.... ''M!ssundaztood'' captures girlish confusion with greater accuracy and delight than Alanis Morissette's supposed bible of the form, ''Jagged Little Pill."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The band reaffirms a gift for creating melancholic melodies that are surprisingly sturdy and self-assured. [13 Jun 2003, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The darkest feel-good record of the year. [14 Jun 2002, p.100]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Exquisitely moody songs alternate with instrumentals that sound like outtakes from the Mothers of Invention's Burnt Weeny Sandwich (that's a compliment). [25 Jan 2002, p.107]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Electric Version may be a bit less delirious at times, but it's still christened with that same sort of mystical, pop-hook abracadabra that results in happily ingratiating tunes. [9 May 2003, p.76]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mary Star of the Sea may be the least ambitious album Corgan's ever made -- and yet his most satisfying since the Pumpkins' heyday.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This bracing sixth full-length funnels the frenzy into more easily digestible bites. [6 Feb 2004, p.140]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though the songs are sometimes little more than vamps, the interplay is faultless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pick from either the funky Revelling or the more downbeat Reckoning and you'll be rewarded with an intimate new mood or insight, expertly framed by the singer's acoustic-based every-style. [13 Apr 2001, p.76]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This time, the music is even more haunted. The brittle keyboards and violins make for the sound of an Appalachian funeral. It's the O Brother, Where Art Thou? for the modern death-obsessed introvert.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But sound for sound's sake isn't what makes the disc work; it's the recurring female singers, who add forlorn soul to the rhythms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A well-conceived collection of odd pop songs with thoughtful lyrics about unusual subjects. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.101]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The richest and most fervent music the Jaxx have ever made. [24 Oct 2003, p.104]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Barlow and partner John Davis conjure a faux-naive summer-of-love vibe that's arch and seductive. If ''nature is the enemy,'' here's to keeping it unreal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are eight originals seething with funky new millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights. [19 Mar 2004, p.65]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With equal measures of beauty, terror, and comedy in their own stuff, there's plenty going on besides stunt covers. [2 May 2003, p.71]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His Great Solo Album, folding his obsessions with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Brazilian art song, American soul-funk, and workaday surrealism into perhaps his sweetest melodies ever. [11 May 2001, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They're uneven, to be sure.... But Supergrass are never less than lovable. [14 Feb 2003, p.72]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But for all of its snickers, ''Suburbs'' is serious business -- a pop fantasia that seals Folds' rep as the Cole Porter of underclass underdogs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It helps to enjoy Aesop's oscillating growl simply as an instrument, considering it may take months before his endless, seemingly im-parse-able, might-be metaphors start making sense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    ''In Search Of...'' has a crackling vigor missing from the first stab, and its mélange of genres makes for music unlike anything else around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Recalls both early [Philip] Glass and Stereolab, at least until the squaling vocals begin, when it starts to conjure the art brut of punk foremothers like the Raincoats or the Slits. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2004, p.16]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's given us the year's most relentless gas--laughing or otherwise--of a party album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you can find 30 minutes in your day for a Friends rerun, surely you can carve out time to give this gentle sigh of a record the attention it deserves. [14 Feb 2003, p.73]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tighter songwriting and an undercurrent of dark claustrophobia distinguish the disc from its predecessors. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.99]
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