Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,149 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 45:33
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3,149 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's cerebral and a little chilly, but also full of musical surprises. [23 Sep 2011, p.79]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if her fiery temper's not for everyone, she never stoops to teardrops-on-my-guitar banalities. [27 Apr 2007, p.139]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's lots for the lovers, plus some surprises that might win over a few haters. [23 Aug 2002, p.142]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Their fifth album High Violet is slow to blossom; its sumptuous layers and stately pace can feel almost funereal, and frontman Matt Berninger often sounds badly in need of Paxil. But Violet eventually burrows in, and stays.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Consistently inventive. [21 Jan 2004, p.89]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here more than ever Bey indulges clashing impulses--between strength and escape, megapop and fresh sounds, big messages and resonant lyrics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Bunyan's wispy soprano lacks nuance, making for music that's ultimately more numbing than emotive. [4 Nov 2005, p.71]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The darkest feel-good record of the year. [14 Jun 2002, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Combine the intense vocals and thin lyrics with the speed and exuberance of the songs (most are well under three minutes) and ''Fever to Tell'' feels a lot like a series of quickies -- exhausting, fun, but a bit empty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Organ raises the Saddle Creek bar in terms of sheer psychiatric-rock intensity. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2003, p.10]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Kaputt nods to Steely Dan and late Roxy Music, and its shimmering synths and moody soft rock would be the perfect soundtrack to a romantic urban noir.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fourth album from these purveyors of Band-evoking Americana is as folksy and honed as a tale by Mark Twain, from whom the Felices borrowed the title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's the year's most elegant tell-all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ted Leo turns gasping, insistent vocals into narratives that are political and pop, never compromising one for the other. [21 Feb 2003, p.150]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Holmes races through genres like a mad cab driver running red lights, revving up a jittery, urban fever dream from a junk heap of beats and ragged exotica. [10/27/2000, p.120]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The former Band drummer and cancer survivor's vocals sound grizzled and glorious on Electric Dirt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sure, this speaker-frying style has been done before, but rarely with such confidence. [12 May 2006, p.83]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What could've been a condescending gimmick yields some of the year's most haunting, and haunted, music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of her best efforts. [10 Sep 2004, p.161]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Many of these tunes sound like they could have been recorded at any point in his 17-year career - and that's great news for fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Golden-voiced Murphy, however, doesn't try for any cheap Bowie-baritone vocal mimicry, and his lyrics and musicianship have greater depth and polish. The best inspiration should come with improvements, and Murphy's are vast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's as if every element of Sleigh Bells' genre-swerving sound--primitive guitar fuzz, pastiche beats, sugar-buzz?vocals--bypasses the default snark button and burrows?directly into jaded listeners' punch-drunk pleasure centers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's when Rancid downshift that things get really interesting. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.131]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These are pop's most artful anti-Bush statements to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Makes John Mayer sound like Slayer. [21 May 2004, p.77]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The result is a painstakingly composed batch of tracks that struggle to break free from their gorgeously constructed prisons.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ndegeocello's dreamy vocal styles buttress this boudoir-freindly work. [28 Sep 2007, p.106]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His meandering monologues contrast with the top-notch if uniformly pensive songs.