Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,188 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 The Grey Album
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,188 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
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    It's a gorgeous trip back to a time when anything seemed possible. [1 Oct 2004, p.73]
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    • 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]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    Capture[s] a mighty band at the height of its gargantuan power.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans will adore the numerous B sides and demos, and the concert DVDs provide a fun, flannelly time capsule.
    • 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.''
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An elegant summation of his work. [11 Aug 2006, p.69]
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    • 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The dozen unearthed tracks here [are] the outtakes of the outtakes. [2 Dec 2011, p.77]
    • 93 Metascore
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    Live at Reading presents the band at its post-Nevermind peak. Watching Kurt Cobain radiate so much life is bound to trigger some tears.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may not be a better album than ''Time Out of Mind,'' but it glides from genre to genre with a sprightly glee, as if Dylan were traversing the American musical landscape in search of thrills, revenge, and reparation.
    • 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    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.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Many of the unreleased, B-side, and cover tracks here are less immediate, but no less joyful for the Pavement completist.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This excellent three-CD overview of the hugely influential folksinger's career covers much of the obvious ground, then explores some less-visited hinterlands on its third disc.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the strangest, bumpiest musical journeys we're likely to experience on record this year. [16 Jan 2004, p.68]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An impressive package, but fans will be paying big bucks for a lot of stuff they already own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ocean is less concerned with urban realism than with his own '80s-noir fantasy of what the city's like, and his music captures that vibe perfectly, pulsing with electro-soul grooves, vintage jazz-funk.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not that there aren't hints of greatness on Elephant.... That said, ''Elephant'' also flaunts everything that's contrived about the band -- the gimmicks for which they've become better known than their actual music.
    • 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]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Live in London is a reminder that Cohen is as gifted a performer as he is a songwriter.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This Dr. Dre-endorsed phenom delivers on the promise of his rabidly beloved mixtape Section.80. [2 Nov 2012, p.68]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Isn't likely to convert, say, your average Jay-Z fan.... Yet it works, and even seems refreshingly exotic. [21 May 2004, p.77]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Several arrangements lean to the left, bringing to mind another Los Lobos side project, the Latin Playboys. [3/16/2001, p.68]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Does every genre suit her equally? Of course not, but most of Janelle Monée's mad experiments yield spectacularly catchy results.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The moody set mixes covers of legends like Vern Gosdin with originals that ring so true they might as well be standards. The 25-song collection feels longer than Johnson's infamous owl sanctuary of a beard, but it's unlikely any country purists will complain.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    ''Is This It'' bows down before all the trademarks of pre-1977 rock: off-kilter guitar solos, half-buried vocals (à la ''Louie, Louie''), attitude-heavy slurring (by singer Julian Casablancas), primitive tom-tom rhythms (shades of the Velvets' Moe Tucker), and the raw, muddy sonics of garage-band 45s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sounds quaint and even magical. [15 Jul 2005, p.71]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With its quiet meditations on mental illness, God, and death, Carrie is a hauntingly beautiful bummer.
    • 90 Metascore
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You'd be hard-pressed to find sounds this spookily evocative anywhere outside the grooves of scratchy old 78s. [Applies to both 'Alice' and 'Blood Money,' 10 May 2002, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For the most part, Funeral is a lovely, uplifting, and often pleasingly grandiose whirl through a panoply of sounds. [5 Nov 2004, p.81]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    He wants our sex, and he can have it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fact that this album feels so complete even without any words from his old partner reinforces just what peak form Big Boi is in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With all the hits plus an enjoyable assortment of rarities and covers, The Live Anthology is a comprehensive portrait of a perpetually professional live act.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    They evoke the musical essence of various titans while achieving a wholly distinctive sound of their own. [7 Oct 2005, p.73]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Crackling, uncanny and compulsively listenable. [28 Feb 2014, p.71]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When the technique works, the results are exhilarating. [9 Nov 2001, p.111]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    Intriguing, immediate, and quietly epic, Modern Times must rank among Dylan's finest albums.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Elliott spends too much time dissing detractors, but the hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she's having a blast... [25 May 2001, p. 80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An audacious marriage of restless experimentalism and eloquent melodic craft. [10 Sep 2004, p.165]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A genuinely winning collection of sublime, old-school pop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Supple, stylish electro-pop so cool it makes glaciers jealous. [24 Sep 2004, p.106]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Merriweather Post Pavilion won't land the band the opening slot on a Coldplay tour, it cleaves closer to "Pitch's" more listener-friendly aesthetic, abandoning the self-indulgent impulses that sometimes muddied last year's "Strawberry Jam" for an album full of effervescent, transportive oddity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The year's best hard-rock album. [6 Sep 2002, p.86]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Clark keeps things edgy, singing about divorce, drugs, jail, and Jesus with matter-of-fact sass and ample twang.[25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.100]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    Sale el Sol still demonstrates Shakira's boldly global mindset.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The best hip-hop album of 2006.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Irresistible. [3 Jun 2005, p.86]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Yours Mine & Ours has an easygoing vibe that gives Pernice's literate folk-pop ample room to roam. [11 Jul 2003, p.78]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just the record you'd want: production a bit bigger, and songs more adventurous but no less indelible. [Listen 2 This supplement, Oct 2003, p.14]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If what this drums-and-bass duo does with infernal noise is your thing, you're a pretty happy camper. [28 Oct 2005, p.89]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If there's nothing truly revelatory, it's still a dandy opportunity to eavesdrop on the future mouthpiece of a generation finding his voice (sometimes awkwardly).
    • 88 Metascore
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    69 elegant observations by a pop master.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You'll swear it's a lost tape from a sweet Hendrix-Iron Butterfly-Cream jam session. [19 Aug 2005, p.145]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Without abandoning his classic formula--junkyard percussion, loose-limbed blues licks, and that unmistakable mouth-of-hell baritone--Waits keeps pulling switcheroos out of his porkpie hat on his 20th album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    TV on the Radio may still--and always--make capital-A art, but they've found something universal, even joyful, in the noise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The savvier arrangements, brimming with unsettling sound effects, put Cookie Mountain several steps ahead of its fine 2004 predecessor, Desperate Youth, Bloody Thirsty Babes.
    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her strongest work since 1995's To Bring You My Love.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On her confident, melodic major-label debut, Musgraves' vocals are pleasingly agile, but what Same Trailer Different Park continually showcases is her writing prowess.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His insider snipes at indie-rock pretense show Wildean wit. [24 Feb 2006, p.64]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Roots have always been at their best expressing quiet desperation and spinning old-school tales of struggling upward.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though his second CD has a charming Ambrose Bierce quality to it, a little goes a long way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    When it all comes together, as on ''Hidden Place'' or ''It's Not Up to You,'' Björk and her electronica collaborators create moving interplanetary chorals. ''Vespertine'' is also her most erotic work....
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The record is strong and radiant, if not always upbeat.... One of the best he ever made. [22 Oct 2004, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    But for an MC claiming to represent ''for the seat where Rosa Parks sat,'' one expects a bit more.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Rainbows may be the gentlest, prettiest Radiohead set yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While it's surprising to hear Sleater-Kinney act so traditional, it's more shocking how well such conventions suit them. [27 May 2005, p.135]
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    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cave... remains a singular sensation. [29 Oct 2004, p.69]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The band has quietly crafted some of the best singles of the '90s...
    • 88 Metascore
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    It could have been mawkish, but the sentiments--and Antony's trembling falsetto--are so honest, you love it despite your jaded self. [4 Feb 2005, p.133]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He may not be reinventing himself, but as a must-hear street storyteller, he's still at the top of his game. [31 Mar 2006, p.64]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As instantly infectious as it is hard to pin down. [15 Apr 2005, p.85]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    This blissful joy ride is hard to resist and easy to love.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Hushed and wistful, Foxes evokes the itinerant days of yore...you know, before gas cost four bucks a gallon.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A lovely, trippy kaleidoscope of sound. [13 Apr 2007, p.74]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    West delivers the goods with a disarming mix of confessional honesty and sarcastic humor, earnest idealism and big-pimping materialism. [13 Feb 2004, p.71]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Somewhat less focused and intense than much of their earlier work, their latest falters when it reaches for subtle musical textures. [9 Nov 2001, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These barren videogame shoot-out beats and textures don't do him justice. [17 Sep 2004, p.76]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cave spits out his woebegone lyrics as if he were a Holy Ghost-filled preaching machine leading the world's funkiest revival meeting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Grohl can bestow headbanging muscle and arena-sized scope on this four-track EP without belying Brown's bluesy, twangy roots. [20 Dec 2013, p.60]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite the heavy feedback and punishingly sharp sadness lurking beneath tracks like "Pagan Baby," "Bathin' in the Fuss," and "The Drones," they still dabble in radio-friendly sugar without ever weakening their teeth. [16 May 2014, p.64]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even the moments between the standouts float by with a strange beauty. [3 Oct 2014, p.69]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    A perfectly imperfect set, it's looser, blowsier, and more what-the-hell? than anything she's done.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just plain beautiful... carefully harmonized vocals and pellucid guitar hooks that rarely lapse into merely languid melodies. [2/16/2001, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These aren't "duets" but exercises in sublime harmony. [2 Nov 2007, p.65]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The group is malevolent and charming at once, still a beguiling combo. [21 Sep 2007, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In the bleakest songs, the polyphonic swirl of strings, horns, and voices... points toward transcendence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    ''Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'' is a subliminal album. Spin it once and it barely registers. Play it five or six times and its vaporous, insinuating, rusty-carousel melodies start to carve out a permanent orbit in your skull.