Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,105 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Visitations
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,105 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Parkway didn't take Fountains of Wayne to the charts, but let's hope the Interstate will. [13 Jun 2003, p.92]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She's as comfortable sighing like a muted horn as she is wailing in big-band fashion--though it's the infusion of tenderness in her homespun tales that seals the CD's lasting appeal. [3 Sep 2004, p.74]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    45:33 deftly segues from the smooth funk favored by Levan to synth-pop and Talking Heads-style polyrhythms before opening into serious space-party territory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On Platinum, an old-school country wisecracker that's one of her all-time bests, she's funny as hell.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unites the club and indie-rock crowds in ways few have attempted since the '80s. [25 Feb 2005, p.100]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yoakam's first release in seven years is a smashing return to form. [14/21 Sep 2012, p.141]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album continues where 2010's Diamond Eyes left off, bonding streamlined mosh-pit daggers with floaty space-station distress calls. [23 Nov 2012, p.70]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Songs full of Sergio Leone set pieces and Mexicali blues. [14 Mar 2003, p.66]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Stone Rollin' is old school for sure, spun fresh.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Wisely keeps things short, sharp and shocked. [19 Nov 2004, p.85]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no denying the vintage voodoo--or the palpable disgust--the Doctor summons with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It seems like ideal film-soundtrack music, except that its gargantuan beauty would probably overwhelm any image you'd match it to. [Listen 2 This supplement, Dec 2003, p.18]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Winding through the psychedelic title track, the ''Rubber Soul''-ish pop, the garage rock, and the lovely ''Eire meets Tennessee'' ''The Galway Girl,'' ''Blues'' is his musical road map.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A ghostly meditation on the culture of forgetting. [8 Jul 2005, p.68]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The stunning title track proves that Newman, at age 64, has more healthy bile in him than 64 twentysomethings....Harps has a couple of duds, though. [8 Aug 2008, p.68]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In wedding bluegrass with the Appalachian sound of her youth, Parton, who wrote half of the material and reprises her classic ''Down From Dover,'' repeatedly explores her favorite theme -- romantic betrayal -- and turns in a powerful performance, augmented by the best of bluegrass' hot pickers
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The forays into "soul"... sparkle, as do his playful raps. But boast-heavy collaborations with Timbaland and Ludacris drag things down. [19 Mar 2004, p.66]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Excitingly, Tell Tale Signs jumps decades ahead to offer an alternate history of a less leaky period: the creative renaissance that started at the end of the 1980s and has been bearing fruit ever since.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fine for what it is, but someone decided to spice things up with annoying snippets of film dialogue, which help to derail the flow.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Old soul and country records hover like guardian angles over trim, unhurried tunes... [14 Sep 2001, p.94]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Peaks again and again. [11 Feb 2005, p.63]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    His sentiments rarely transcend the boudoir--and listeners lulled by the album's unvaryingly sleek, high-gloss beats may just drift off to dreamland before they get there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's all ­gorgeous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Moving futher away from her early alt-country sound has sharpened Case's songwriting instincts. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For the first time, Oberst sounds as if he's trying to conform his lyrics to his tunes, not the other way around. [4 Feb 2005, p.130]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This cagey old pro makes room for stray nonsense phrases like "bop-bop-a-whoa" as well; spirited spirituality is his goal these days.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Third is indeed a less immediately accessible effort than Portishead's more groove-oriented earlier work, but it's no less gorgeous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The results are astonishing. [26 July 2002, p.68]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Girls' melding of new wave and indie pop literally sounds timeless... [3/9/2001, p.82]