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 I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Lowest review score: 10 Drum's Not Dead
Score distribution:
1,802 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Makes for exquisite travel music. [#19, p.96]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    It's a roots record unashamed of its roots, derivative maybe only because it's so unabashedly traditional. [#19, p.102]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    More soulful and funky than any of Dangermouse's previous efforts. [#20, p.101]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    AFD finds the band perhaps at their most serious... and perhaps at their most bestest. [#21, p.102]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A seeping, heaving summer album through and through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wonderful. [#21, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They've trimmed away the electronic tinges and space-jazz tendencies of recent years, leaving us with a sharper, more focused Yo La Tengo. [#22, p.93]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Viva Voce get away with incorporating (and occasionally copping) such disparate influences because around each hairpin turn runs the unique voice and vision of the artists. [#22, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lerche croons and swoons between styles like a prophet of postmodern pomp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    His lyrics are alternately introspective and celebratory, melancholy, and the most hopeful words you'll hear in the place--sometimes all in the same song. [#24, p.102]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This funk is organic. [#24, p.90]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's still rebellion without destination. [#25, p.89]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Imagine a keyboard-loving European version of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. [#25, p.94]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Crowded House guys can confidently say their time on Earth is currently well-spent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s existential, but under piles of heavy thoughts, Broder reaches for little bits of luminescence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The production work throughout provides a head-bobbing, arm-waving backdrop to Kweli’s lyrical genius, exactly as it should.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This digitized voodoo funk makes the Meters look like the goddamned glee club, and y’all know the Neville Brothers ain’t never gotten Juvenile and Chali 2na to collaborate on the same record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While there’s nothing as instantly catchy as Howl Howl Gaff Gaff’s hits, the sweeping grandeur of Our Ill Wills is infectious, with every song benefiting from just the right amount of orchestral glow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dark isn't a huge departure from the previous record, and it doesn't mark some major step in Hot Chip's evolution either. But there's something to be said for holding your liquor, keeping momentum, and showing the world that this whole ride is as wicked-fun as you thought it would be. [Winter 2008, p.92]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    On their latest release since 2004's "Love and Distance," they seem to have figured out that it might be more effective to highlight the subtlety and grace of writing and arranging. [Winter 2008, p.96]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dulli and Lanegan, two of today's greatest underappreciated frontmen, are hypnotic; narcotic. [Winter 2008, p.96]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Despite the array of experiences and genres at White's disposal, the album retains cohesion due mostly to the consistency of White's voice, which is strictly country. [Winter 2008, p.98]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While the band still has its head in the clouds, or beyond, it has made its finest, most listenable album to date. [Spring 2008, p.98]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Elephant Shell is like a summertime record, easy and stress-free. [Spring 2008, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The final result sounds like the perfect accompainment to a Michel Gondry film: endlessly craetive, ceaselessly ambitious, yet extremely accessible at thge very same time. [Spring 2008, p.103]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea is the most assured and poignant album since the band's third, "American Water." [Spring 2008, p.97]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Self-referential, poetic, spoken-sung performances in dirty beer halls, Midwest anthems that make everyone raise those beers in the beer halls. [Summer 2008, p.92]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Chemical Chords is yet another kaleidoscope that hits you as ear candy upon first listen, but like most Stereolab records, further inspection reveal a playground for the mind. [Summer 2008, p.97]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You & Me has a panache that hearkens to an earlier era, acting like a rich veneer. Layers of energy, intimacy and meaning rise to the surgace to become a deeper part of you and me with each and every listen. [Fall 2008, p.91]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In brief, it's one of the grooviest albums you'll hear--Saudi Arabia, here, or anywhere else. [Fall 2008, p.100]
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