Filter's Scores

  • Music
For 1,802 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 96 Complete
Lowest review score: 10 Drum's Not Dead
Score distribution:
1,802 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Simply a great record. [#14, p.95]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    It is, in effect, the only acceptable historical document of the nearly incomprehensible phenomenon that was The Smiths.
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    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most inspiring and triumphant projects of the year, and perhaps the last 30 years. [#13, p.89]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Another Day... slithers easily into the company of his greatest releases, with jaw-dropping melodies and flawless, Passengers-era production, creating a soundscape as ethereal as Another Green World. [#16, p.90]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Welcome to the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain of our modern indie times. [Filter Mini, Oct 2005]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Four decades on, and there has yet to be anything that hits on this kind of organic, brain-melting, structured psychosis.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ignore whatever purist backlash you may encounter. In Channel Orange, we have been granted a truly classic document, perhaps the very first that feels synchronized with the present decade.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Everyone--yes, everyone--should buy this version of London Calling, because in this form, audio and video, it acts as a veritable design for living. [#12, p.96]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    As an artistic achievement, it ranks incredibly high on the list of great postmodern statements. Here is a piece of music (but oh so much more) that proves that something new can be done, and it can be entirely engaging. [#21, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    New Moon is Smith at his musical best: quiet, humble, and most of all, honest. [#25, p.96]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The landmark proto-punk album is refined at a decibel-defying rate while the outtakes highlight the grating guitars and Iggy's guttural vocals that trademarked the group's sound.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Achtung Baby is the last great U2 album and one of the best records ever made, but is this $150 six-CD, four-DVD 20th anniversary edition worth your time and money? Short answer: F--k yeah
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From a technical standpoint, it's astounding.... But from a purely aesthetic standpoint, it's just downright unmusical. [#5, p.86]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Enigmatically beautiful, yet stinging with bitter cold. [#10, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There aren't many dull points on this two-disc collection. [#16, p.93]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    Z
    Z is a great record--more expansive than its predecessors and less tunnel-visioned too. [#17, p.94]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    May be the band's greatest achievement yet. [#20, p.90]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    A hefty team was assembled to do this right... and do it right they do. [#21, p.93]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    There's something about this album... that takes listeners by the hand, smacks them into reality and reminds them they're still alive. [#24, p.90]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A record that leaves the listener teary-eyed, standing and utterly, breathlessly inspired. [#25, p.92]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With his grandest album to date, mark the return of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam a triumphant one, packed with romantic tales of small towns, countrysides and the expansive sea.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Attack & Release is a great accomplishment for both The Black Keys and Danger Mouse, who have proven good things can not only last, but sometimes, actually get better. [Winter, 2008, p.91]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What Dr. Dog and its principal songwriters McMicken and Toby Leaman have done is carry on a tradition of soulful writing and musicianship. [Summer, 2008, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An Album this deep-hearted and digestible call out for mass-consumption. And the more people who hear this record, the better. [Spring 2009, p.90]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This box mingles an abundance of demos, alternative takes and other previously unreleased iterations of Big Star tunes amid sparsely retained original album versions. [Fall 2009, p.92]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Songs like these are why Nirvana was king and this show proves why the band was peerless. Suddenly Nirvana is everything to me all over again. [[Holiday 2009, p. 92]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With the promise of 12 fully-completed, untainted studio recordings that have otherwise gone unheard by the public (and even the most inventive of bootleggers), I arrives with considerable significance to all things guitar-worthy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    No matter who appreciates or appropriates this music, who likes it or where you discover it, it is a testament to its power more than its populism.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    These lovingly remastered and richly expanded editions of the Smashing Pumpkins 1991 debut Gish and 1993's mainstream breakthrough Siamese Dream soundly prove that the band's place in rock history is firmly cemented.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This album's genuinely passionate without any sort of cheesy emotional transparency. [#6, p.81]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There's an organic component that coexists along with the machines, giving them a warmth few acts have been able to unearth. [#11, p.93]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's passionate. It's thoughtful. It's catchy. It's their breakout moment, their best record, and... it will be one of the best albums of 2004.[#9, p.100]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is the best album Trail of Dead has ever made. [#13, p.94]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Manages to artfully encompass all that sucks about post-pubescent life... within an exquisite ball of heady poetry, cold composition, and the kind of warm brilliance that comes from only the most inspired of collaborations. [#15, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The results are compact, near-pop micro-anthems. [#17, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    One might be a bit startled by how much, well, more broken this new [album] sounds. [#17, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Each consecutive [song] is stranger than the last. [#19, p.88]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    This is the best Grandaddy record thus far. [#19, p.92]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You want this album. [#21, p.98]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    A patient, assured album where nearly every sound feels appropriate. [#22, p.93]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Boy With No Name instantly gets Travis back to the business of being Travis. [#25, p.102]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    In comparison to... Ta Det Lungt, Tio Bitar trades much of the immediacy for multi-dimensional empiricism and fringe atmosphere. [#25, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Even when they’re forging new ground (which is often) or mixing it up with any of the aforementioned conversation points, they still manage to sound exactly like themselves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    La Radiolina emerges as a delicious bouillabaisse of gypsy punk, reggae and countless indigenous sounds, expertly stirred by a band of brawling pirates who plunder each port for musical spices and then add them to the cauldron.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Lust Lust Lust, the fuzzed-out, starry-eyed return-to-form by The Raveonettes, takes you there and then kicks you out at sunrise. [Winter 2008, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Cave's themes remain unchanged, but his songcraft prowess continues to grow, aided by the finest instrumental backing and production of any Bad Seeds album to date. [Winter 2008, p.90]
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    • 92 Critic Score
    That this album eviscerates the armies of shoegazer-come-latelies is a trifiling accomplishment compared to the fact that for 74 minutes--with an overall tone of foreboding bordering on the haunting and disturbing--this album is impossible to turn off. [Spring 2008, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is one of the quintessential L.A. albums, for its fireworks of fame and celebrity are stripped naked and left to wander. [Spring 2008, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The mood is undeniably American, and Bonnie (or Oldham) seems incomprehensibly at peace with his hallmark solitude. [Winter 2009, p.91]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While disc two rounds out the duo's footprint upon several documentaries, what makes Cave and Ellis' scores unique is their doppelganger ability to stand alone without the films, while the films largely lean upon these audible landscapes as a means of storytelling. [Fall 2009, p.91]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Decades beyond the point at which most of his peers peaked, Paul Simon is still discovering new ways of writing and conveying amazing work and discovering beautifully unexpected and often spiritual language, as well as new rhythms, melodies and instrumental textures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Gonzalez has crafted an admirable paean to fuzzy memories, nostalgia, melancholic rumination and pop experimentation, imploring the listener to become the stories and places that populate dreams.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Feels more timeless, more effortless. [#11, p.91]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just as strong as anything on The Beginning Stages Of.... [#11, p.92]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The only downside to this album is, ironically, its accessibility. [#5, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a rapturous, badass art-punk record that swaggers with as much heart as it does cockiness. [#5, p.87]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Might well be his most brilliant yet. [#10, p.86]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Large and epic, but tense and claustrophobic as well, and gratefully, it's as close to Elliott as we've ever been. [#12, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Relentlessly sultry, with lush arrangements framed by slamming dance beats. [#9, p.102]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Part romantic, starry-eyed shoegaze pop and part paranoid explosions of sound. [#14, p.96]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Berninger sounds smart and witty; but above all else, he sounds like he really went for it this time. [#15, p.105]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Explode[s] with musical vitality. [#15, p.97]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These are fully fleshed-out pop songs, rendered weird in the best possible way by an unfaltering ear for found sound and unusual arrangement. [#16, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is real joy and loss within these unwieldy song titles. [#16, p.88]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An entire record of scorching wordplay, groovy soundscapes, jaw-dropping cadence and Aqua Teen Hunger Force cameos. [#17, p.93]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In context, Rubies [is] just another piece of the puzzle, but it's the finest jewel yet. [#19, p.99]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Mudhoney] are as furious, as weird, and as tuned-down as ever. [#19, p.101]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Never cluttered, Drowaton is as compelling as it is complex. [Filter Mini #10, p.13]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ships is the best explosion of greatness yet from one of our most unique voices. [#20, p.100]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is an unhinged, maniacal desire to cross on over into the cosmos on Comets on Fire's (frankly) totally awesome new record. [#21, p.100]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A glowing psychedelic pop opus. [#21, p.102]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Stop bitching about never hearing anything new or different and pick this up. [#22, p.94]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is My Morning Jacket's shining moment. [#22, p.94]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An instant classic for lovers of sentimental quality. [#22, p.96]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An impeccably selected hodgepodge.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Truly, there isn't anything here that comes close to achieving the anthemic, stomp-along, bombast of Funeral's best works. But this is a different album, and a different Arcade Fire playing to their biggest strength: emoting. [#24, p.88]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a sprawling album of warmth, stuttering electronics and rural psychedelia. [#24, p.96]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On Cassadaga, classic sounds are resurrected in a satisfying swirl of country, gospel, cinematic pop, and of course, electro-folk.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What makes Tamborello so special is the fact that his music can stand as comfortably in a Kompakt Records compilation as it can in a room filled with indie nerds. [#25, p.102]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wilco has constructed their most straightforward release in recent memory, which relies heavily on the inspired intricacies of a full-hearted band.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They make heavy duty sound collages that rock, roll, and exemplify the increasingly small chasm between bliss and confusion. [#25, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The U.K. sensation weaves her tales of wizards, horses and magic in a warm bearskin coat of Kate Bush sensibilities, piano playing that’ll bring you to tears and instruments that only real musicians understand, like the harpsichord.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The balance across the album (as opposed to the drop-off second half of Feels) makes it their most forward and enjoyable work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s a melancholic beauty in the melodies of Zach Condon that conjure a cinematic romanticism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The seasoned professional executes discipline on a record that seems entirely natural--layered to the top, but never giving in to excess. [Winter 2008, p.92]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though he has never had just one sonic home, and Modern Guilt is no exception to this rule, Beck is somehow more aware while puffing out his waves of broken poetry as opposed to the casual seed-spitting he has been known to turn to. [Summer 2008, p.91]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    IRM
    Beck’s willingness to raid just about any genre works wonders when coupled with Mlle. Gainsbourg’s ability to inject matter-of-fact sexual energy into just about anything.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s a nice cross-section of material that highlights why Pavement was such a darling of the alt press, but Quarantine fails to truly capture the greatness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One for the ages, this 19-song compilation reminds us how cool the future sounded back then, when Was Not Was still was. [Winter 2010, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the stunning Everything in Between, Randall and Spunt's emergent sonic juggernaut, No Age is continuing to build, brick by brick, a bulletproof reputation for thunderous virtuosity-all without leaning on worthless crutches like Auto-Tune, capitalized formula, compromise and other fakery that divides pretenders from those who set fire to the dustbin of musical history.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    So it turns out Cuomo was whispering apologies to his own artistry at this album's close -- it was his love of music he would let suffocate in a jar. No wonder he sounded so sad.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These lovingly remastered and richly expanded editions of the Smashing Pumpkins 1991 debut Gish and 1993's mainstream breakthrough Siamese Dream soundly prove that the band's place in rock history is firmly cemented.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Le Voyage is as thrilling and replete with the unexpected as one might imagine a trip outside the Earth's atmosphere would be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A massive concept album that is so gluttonously huge-sounding that it makes The Wall sound like a Sebadoh record. [#10, p.94]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous, bona fide gem. [#11, p.92]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new songs are some of the best they've ever recorded, and just finishing this collection is a big testament to their staying power. [#10, p.89]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Blue Album is buxomly abundant with the Orbital's usual cinemascopic electronic psychedelia. [#12, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another smartly executed step into the strange grandeur of Mr. Waits. [#12, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Schizophrenic, stark, and even with its pretentious theatrics, this is an amazing record. [#9, p.104]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure politics can be a bit boring... but the intense symphonic crescedos and bombastic drums on this record are exciting enough to keep even the most apathetic of you on board. [#12, p.103]
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