Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,362 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: 78
Highest review score: 100 45:33
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3362 music reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Untitled's titles-- 'Pregnant,' 'Whole Lotta Kisses,' and (yes) 'Bangin' the Headboard'--don't do much to flip the script, or even write a new page.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These songs are still full of crude misogyny and tired concepts. Give Jones points for honing his craft, but he's got a long way to go.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    About as sexy as a late-night Nerve.com instant-message session. [22 Apr 2005, p.62]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Heat can't find a melody to save their Moog. [18 Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Though he's got plenty of hooks, personality is in much shorter supply.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It's official: Dolores O'Riordan is rock's most vapid lyricist. [26 Oct 2001, p.125]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Given that Fork in the Road was inspired by Young's alternative- energy-fueled car, the most appropriate description is probably ''pedestrian.''
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Black & Blue merely maintains a holding pattern, recycling their past and doing little to establish a firm future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If Lewis could just find a way to integrate all his early-MTV influences (A Flock of Fat Boys?), well...that album wouldn't be great either--though it'd be less forgettable than this exercise in pop adequacy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The album's garbled title is preparation for some of the clumsiest lyrics to be heard on a pop record in years.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Who'd have guessed that a Beastie Boys record could be too subtle?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    He's too reserved as a solo performer to keep things interesting. [5 Sep 2003, p.77]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Groovy but tepid. [20 May 2011, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Despite a couple of promising tracks the music generally befits the absurd lyrics.... Dupri, Ne-Yo, Rodney Jerkins, The-Dream, and StarGate often drown out Jackson's breathy vocals with soulless beats.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    LOtUSFLOW3R, is less narcoleptic than merely sleepy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Train continue to rumble down a middling path. [3 Feb 2006, p.70]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An occasionally endearing, mostly stumbling mess. [1 Nov 2002, p.70]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Teeters between cool languor and bland lethargy. [6 Sep 2002, p.86]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Maybe he should lose the monotonous, low-rent beats and banal-hook girls (and boys). [23 Sep 2005, p.87]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    [Jay Kay's] blue-eyed disco funk has definitely had its highlights, but they're pretty hard to find here. [23 Sep 2005, p.90]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This might make for nice pregaming music before an evening out clubbing in Ibiza, but for the rest of us, the effects can be a bit savage on the ears. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
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    • 58 Critic Score
    Only a slow-burning cover of the late Chris Whitley's 'Indian Summer' really stands out from the blur of tastefully arranged midtempo ballads.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    It's somewhat disappointing, that the disc's sound and content hew so closely to the standard emo/screamo/hardcore formula. [8 Aug 2008, p.68]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Too much of the album skews toward the dance floor rather than the bedroom. [11 Apr 2003, p.78]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A snoozy muddle, dominated by underwritten, over-orchestrated ballads. [6 Aug 2004, p.80]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The Oracle is not terrible, just thoroughly second-rate.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    He hits a campy sweet spot from time to time, but at a seemingly endless 20-track length, this is one tiresome gag. [21 Mar 2008, p.57]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    As long as the original recordings by the Chi-Lites and the Rolling Stones continue to exists, Sessions' covers are passionately pointless. [3 Aug 2012, p.74]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Strip Me, her third studio disc, plays like one long, increasingly desperate pep talk. The only breather? "Unexpected Hero," a lovely late-Beatles-style ballad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Beatlesque affectations of Starr's recent discs have been replaced with determinedly bland '80s production, although there are still enough painfully underwritten peace 'n' love aphorisms to make even a Rip Van Winkle hippie wince.