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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    The lyrical chops are intact but the production is far too dated.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vile has -- to paraphrase something that David Foster Wallace said -- his own way of fracturing reality, and it's so true that you'll feel it in your nerve endings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gently strumming crispy chords or plucking glassy notes from his guitar, Shlohmo (like England's Mount Kimbie) finds fleeting moments of intimacy amid the bustle of urban life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    You’d be hard-pressed to find a more shimmering or sunnier pool party soundtrack.
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    True Love is at times haunting and ecstatic, memorializing Erickson's long history while swaggering into a shaggy kind of hope.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Any doubts that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band for the ages are wiped from the face of the earth three fragile piano chimes into 'Runaway,' one of the most epic and heart-ripping mediations on loss and loneliness ever. [Sprin 2009, p.91]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Solo, Ramsey doesn't need suspense to conjure beauty; just riff like The Byrds and sink serenely into the grass.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The aptly titled Brothers isn't just another Black Keys album; it's the musical product of a cohesive symbiotic partnership. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.103]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    This album has the beauty of controlled chaos, it's emotive yet carefree and secure. [Spring 2009, p.103]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every album tells a story and, thankfully, Wolfe’s story changes all the time, a morphing type of self-expression with completely pure intent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It retains Califone’s signature continuity effect--with slowed acoustic guitar and droning, industrial electronics--burning a 50-minute album into a grand, cinematic waft.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Boldly, magnificently, unabashedly sappy. [#12, p.104]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Banga finds the artist more robust than ever-ageless, even.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The closest cousin to Odd’s sound is M83, but siphoned through the American ghetto instead of the French countryside. [Filter Mini, May 2005, p.16]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With Siberia, their first effort in four years, they’ve reversed their polarity, finally hardened into simple, elemental rock goodness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    While not as fresh as Happiness, Love is another strong set of raucous riffage painted over confessions of a lovesick pup.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Even when you can't quite understand what she's on about, you are happily lured into a world where classic myth yearns for modern ritual, and you're quite happy to be in a place nobody will quite understand. [Winter 2009, p.106]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    AM
    As soon as AM’s 12 tracks are over, you’ll be lunging for the play button again--it’s that good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A record with a few inspired moments that is otherwise uneven, incomplete, a little muddled and sonically hollow. [#16, p.86]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weightlifting isn't unusually exceptional; it simply keeps the chain of magnificence unbroken. [#12, p.101]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Precise dissonance has long been Stern's strong point, and when paired with a super-human stamina she careens through a 10-track album without any sense of relief until it's all over; every note is climatic, every vocal a yelp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Beck produced Morning Phase himself, and while that makes for a cohesive listen, consulting with another trusted producer could have coaxed out some of the freewheeling unpredictability that once characterized his music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Just put on Researching the Blues, the band's first album in 15 years, and you'll still hear their juvenile sense of romanticism and fascination with American pop culture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The tunes are almost more like short stage scenes than mere songs about people, but the band does well to prevent them from coming off as cheesy allegories so that even the illiterate boors out there can enjoy their downright pretty moments. [#15, p.101]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Straddling the line between wooshy Sega Genesis menu music and cinematic Pink Floyd maelstrom, Deep Politics is creepy and grand, and at its core is a sonic feast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Public Strain evokes such questions about genre and instrumentation, recalling heavy hitters like late-period Sonic Youth. But, don't take them for imitators. What the men of Women are crafting is all their own--guitars strung over an abyss.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It aims to summit purple mountains's majesties with Titanic-sized tracks, such as "Change Of Time," "Rattling Locks" and "Another New World," and they are only sporadically successful. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.108]