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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    By staying so true to Burma's superior style 20 years after it was emulated, it lacks the aura of innovation. [#10, p.90]
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    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's exactly the record that everyone hoped Spoon would make. [#15, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's cosmic Americana as once charted by Mercury Rev in the druggier days of yerself Is Steam and Boces. [#17, p.101]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The songs on Ten actually sound shockingly more insufferable this far out of their original grunge context. [Winter 2009, p.97]
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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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The results are compact, near-pop micro-anthems. [#17, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Cronin’s musical expertise belies his age, the existential struggles about which he sings--fear of the world, distrust of love, lack of self-confidence--do not.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Visceral and immediate, if this album doesn’t make you feel something, at least we know it did to Ms. Case.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Within the 11 tracks that make up her third full-length, Olsen’s strong and matchless voice pierces through fuzzed out guitars and massive organ riffs, allowing us to burrow into her mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Tarot Sport's tunes don't really explode so much as they unfurl into synthetic washes of digital soundtracking that undulate with electricity before elvolving into narcotic beat castles. [Holiday 2009, p.99]
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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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    They’ve moved beyond that convenient pigeonhole from when that Blue CD-R first made the rounds, but they’re, well, a much more modern affair now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Possesses a rare beauty and a singluar honesty. [#9, p.111]
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    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    No matter how you look at it, tales of love and loss sound better when there’s a voice like Fields guiding you along.
    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Mission deliciously accomplished, sir.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cheers to Torche for proving a heavy-rock band can be optimistic and sincere-without sacrificing any of the edge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    "Autumnal" is the word everybody wants to use to describe this record, but that's wrong.... Out of Season has much mor eto do with winter than it does with anything so tame as the fall. [#8, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    What will catch one's attention are the patterns Axel Willner creates within each song that push the record forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    On The Odds, MacKaye and Farina-on baritone guitar and a minimal trap kit, respectively---don't challenge their by-now established conventions, but wreak incredible havoc within them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    On Ugly, the Jersey trio strikes an expert balance between grandiose metal riffage and brain-searing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Superchunk continues fishing for perfection--and, as always, the band brings the hooks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Hospice accomplishes volumes by the addition of drumer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentlist Darby Cicci, creating an expansively profound album addressing life's most transitory and fragile states. [Summer 2009, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Familiar yet thrilling, Blunderbuss is a masterful introduction to a man we've known all along.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this record doesn't break in a major way, it will not only be a shock, it will be a damn shame. [#17, p.99]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) manages to ensnare 18 night visions on his latest psych-bass masterwork, Until the Quiet Comes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mainline noise-punk onslaught that roundly refused to cease and desist.
    • 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.