Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,168 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 Kill The Moonlight
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,168 music reviews
    • 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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A gem, with sunny three-part harmonies and songs that sound familiar in the best way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The collaborative approach yields some of the most potent music of the group's career. [7 May 2004, p.86]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While their lightning-fast deck skills evoke nostalgia, the X-men still sound like the freshest crew on the block.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sonic Youth find a balance--between formlessness and structure, melody and cacophony--that's eluded them for a while. [28 Jun 2002, p.142]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a funky spin on the dance-punk of late-'70s/early-'80s acts like Gang of Four. [6 Jun 2003, p.78]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sublime and spacey, delicate and dramatic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cash has once again seen that white light--yet resisted its allure--and written an apocalyptic title track and put his stamp on an eclectic batch of material. [8 Nov 2002, p.106]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Starbucks should replace Norah Jones with Holland as its mood musician of choice; her compositional brew is smooth, with jolts of witty malice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Honestly isn't too different from Painters. [Listen 2 This supplement, Nov 2003, p.39]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Most soundtracks are compilations of the obvious... Almost Famous is the grand exception, avoiding easy choices while meticulously re-creating the feeling of being young, awkward, and in love with music in the early '70s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, that extraordinary core is at times marred by forced eccentricity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If The Wind is unsentimental, it's also happily unhygienic, sounding as ramshackle and energized as you'd hope a nothing-left-to-lose last blast would. [5 Sep 2003, p.75]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ghostface... comes off hungrier than ever to produce thrilling hip-hop. [14 May 2004, p.68]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Few approach this style of record making with as much playfulness and gravity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A slippery and surprising little record -- an oblique song cycle tracing a relationship from balmy beginning to corrosive end.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the band's most affecting works.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her deep, warm voice now has a scratchy, evocative edge that suggests maturity and the high price that often comes with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As much as you want to tell [James] Walsh to calm down, this stirring debut wouldn't be half as potent without him. [18 Jan 2002, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Represents an enlightened South, where relfections on politics mix with odes to corn bread, where fingerpicked guitars blend with glitchy synths. [5 Sep 2003, p.76]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An unexpectedly poppy collection of left-field melodies and twisty song structures that wrap around your brain like a head cold. [19 Sep 2003, p.86]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A big, lumbering, and often uplifting symphonic-rock piece about being a wastrel, it's as if Brian Wilson had made ''Pet Sounds'' a decade later in the midst of his bedridden, drug-addled despondency.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A soothing swoon. [24 Oct 2003, p.107]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These laptop-pop fractals... deliver spectacular hip-hop drum breaks and the sort of mile-deep multi-tracking that makes digital technology so much fun. [Listen 2 This supplement, Apr 2003, p.12]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She proves she can hold her own with the best of the distressed songstresses. [11 Jun 2004, p.123]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    RJ... lets his softer side show to touching effect. [18 Jun 2004, p.84]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her strongest work since 1995's To Bring You My Love.