Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,156 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 No Cities to Love
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,156 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Girls' melding of new wave and indie pop literally sounds timeless... [3/9/2001, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Late Registration is more cumbersome and burdened than its predecessor--a little less cohesive, a lot less fun--but it rarely fails to engross at nearly every step. [2 Sep 2005, p.77]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Damn if an already nearly perfect album doesn't, with these bonus tracks, gets a little better itself. [18 Jul 2008, p.64]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    On Helplessness Blues, their second disc of intimate, obsessively crafted folk, the bearded Seattleites take a giant step forward in their quest to turn the clock backward.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's heavy and hooky. [20 May 2005, p.73]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's their trademark boisterous hyper-melodies... that will have you involuntarily humming their praises for weeks (months!) to come. [26 Aug 2005, p.59]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Moon's two cohesive CDs prove as emotionally powerful as anything in his catalog. [1 Jun 2007, p.68]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Just the sort of punky reggae party he was born to throw. [24 Oct 2003, p.106]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A modest, charming relic...
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While Newsom remains the most intricate lyricist currently working ?outside of rap, her melodies have become cleaner, her ?arrangements less mannered, and her singing more ?straightforwardly heartfelt.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They remain one of rock's most pleasurable hand-me-down discoveries. [29 Apr 2005, p.148]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If the second half brings diminishing returns, it's still more than worth the trip.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Somehow the band makes it work, though, pulling all those disparate sounds together in a unified style that's all the more glorious for its strangeness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no denying this is the sound of a band at its onstage peak. [18 Nov 2005, p.135]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They're profane, bursting with rage and lust, and they deliver more laughs than anyone since Richard Pryor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Alt-rock blues darker and scarier than Jon Spencer or even Jack White ever imagined. [24 Dec 2004, p.66]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A vertiginous rainbow swirl that crams so many ideas into so many tight spaces that each track is like a perfectly rendered Joseph Cornell box.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They embellish what they long ago mastered: making shaggy, dreamy, cuddly, explosive indie rock. [15 Sep 2006, p.72]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rich exploration of Appalachian roots. [25 Nov 2011, p.71]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Jasper beats her '90s efforts.... Yet any personality dissipates amid the average tunes. [23 Sep 2005, p.91]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With thrash-and-burn riffs, shout-along rants, E Street Band-style blue-collar blues, and tin-can acoustics, these Jersey boys' debut album The Airing of Grievances burns all the way down from its big mouth to its black liver.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everett finally delivers the absolute stone masterpiece fans have always known lurked inside his dour heart. [29 Apr 2005, p.147]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the great college radio station that never was. [29 Oct 2004, p.69]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The man in the suit still commands a room, telling tales of forgiveness, heaven, and alcohol. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This vanilla artifact from Zep's massive 2007 reunion concert falls into all of the typical traps associated with live albums. [30 Nov 2012, p.73]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On several tracks, the swirls of organ they've added to their hyper-literate stomping suggest Deep Purple with a library card. [6 Oct 2006, p.68]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ys
    There is still something unsettlingly Renaissance fair-meets-Wind in the Willows about her music, yet something lovely lives there as well. [24 Nov 2006, p.109]
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