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  • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Microcastle shows Deerhunter [sic] progresing with reason, creating one of their best releases yet. [Fall 2008, p.92]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Start-stop measures, tempo changes and harmonized vocals all make the album a grand listen. [Winter 2009, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Despite its wandering parts and spacious production, Bitte Orca is a precise groove, almost medical in the way it delivers its complexity with such simple terms. [Spring 2009, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Josephine isn't a drastically different approach for Magnolia Electric Co., but it's a lovely one that bears repeated listening, preferably at night while alone on the open road. [Summer 2009, p.94]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Air is as essential as ever, and has succeeded in writing another album of inspiration, tantalizing music. [Fall 2009, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Surprise and relief are the words that best describe an initial reaction to Embryonic. [Fall 2009, p.90]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This boxset--quite literally a suitcase--highlights four distinct sides of one of the most prolific icons of the pre-dylan era, and introduces both unreleased and released tracks to a new generation in themed installments. History is back in session. [Fall 2009, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best live music doesn’t attempt to just mirror the recordings, but expands upon them, highlighting a performer’s chemistry with the band and audience. When Waits does that, the illusion works; when he doesn’t it’s like seeing the cards tucked up a magician’s sleeve.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The resulting album comes across, for the most part, as a peaceful, relaxing--if extremely weird--trip through a newfound musical slipstream. [Holiday 2009, p. 98]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Krohn's the real deal, in a world full of one-dimensional derivatives. [Holiday 2009, p.100]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The resulting album comes across, for the most part, as a peaceful, relaxing—if extremely weird—trip through a newfound musical slipstream.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is Wainwright's most personal album since Poses. He makes pain sound beautiful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Continue to muse, and this strange, wonderfully unexpected work of art becomes one of the most mature (and stirring) narratives on intimacy, fidelity, and hesitant honesty heard in a long while.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Young's sandblasting electric guitar sits handsomely alone before eerie rumbling atmospheres.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Despite some small stutter steps, Collapse Into Now is easily the best R.E.M. album since the trio lost its way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With its techno-shock, hardcore buzz and jive-stepping live funk, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the strongest work the Beasties have put out in over a decade and comes close to replicating the dizzy highs of 1994's Ill Communication.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    New York's experimental sonic collective continues to make challenging and rewarding music on Eye Contact.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The stark contrast between frontman Ellery Robert's guttural, yell-sing vocals and the squeaky-clean instrumentation not only works harmoniously, but also creates a distinct and commanding sound.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Vincent Morisset directs Inni in a minimalist, enigmatic black and white that captures all of the elegance, somberness and chilling majesty of what might be the most singular and unparalleled band of their generation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Another outstanding entry from the electro-enclave, Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven's I Love You, It's Cool is a slick ride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If Beach House's last record was a teen dream, this is an adult version: Bloom is a matured, ethereal journey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Banga finds the artist more robust than ever-ageless, even.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Anastasis is a positively rapturous return for the Dionysus and Aphrodite of modern musical transcendence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Here, the band has returned from the cold with a tight, extraordinary album that is lush and satisfying--yet still in the corners just a little bit sad.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' triumphs far outweigh its failures. This impressive expanded edition drives that point home by giving insight into the record's rich gestational process.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Captivating to its core, it will undoubtedly soundtrack countless mushroom-fueled spirit quests and soul-searching walkabouts for light years to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Paracosm is a beautiful, beautiful album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In a world that increasingly rewards short attention spans and encourages distractions, Callahan’s music is well worth taking the time to patiently absorb.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The results are expectedly familiar, fantastic and welcome.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Disturbing, intense and emotionally stark. [#5, p.89]
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