Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,124 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 Outsider
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,124 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a gorgeous trip back to a time when anything seemed possible. [1 Oct 2004, p.73]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Capture[s] a mighty band at the height of its gargantuan power.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stankonia reeks of artful ambition rendered with impeccable skill -- or as one song title so concisely has it, ''So Fresh, So Clean.''
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect mix of giddy tropical rhythms and Beatles-style experimentation. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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