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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
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    • 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.
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    • 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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    • 95 Critic Score
    Four decades on, and there has yet to be anything that hits on this kind of organic, brain-melting, structured psychosis.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound System drives home the foursome’s adeptness at boundary hopping, while never forgetting the value of a good hook and a politically righteous lyric.
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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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    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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    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Raw, crunchy beats and ugly, monster flows delivered in a punk album format. [#9, p.110]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The whole package is a head-snapping reminder that when R.E.M. was on fire, you couldn't put them out with all the water in the world.
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    • 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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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is real joy and loss within these unwieldy song titles. [#16, p.88]
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    Z is a great record--more expansive than its predecessors and less tunnel-visioned too. [#17, p.94]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    St. Vincent is buoyant in the way that the Hindenburg was—it floats along steadily and excitedly, but with a decisive coldness that suggests that something unexpected might happen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There aren't many dull points on this two-disc collection. [#16, p.93]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is, in effect, the only acceptable historical document of the nearly incomprehensible phenomenon that was The Smiths.
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    • 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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    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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    • 84 Critic Score
    The stunning One Beat of 2002 is a tough act to follow, and The Woods pulls it off soundly (though not exceedingly) by slicing together another improbable mash of grace and chaos all in the service of elaborately unhinged melodies. [#15, p.95]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Lonerism is a dense slab, and much may resist exploration on the first 5, 10, or 20 listens, but the swaths that pass through even the most garbled neural net are nourishing enough to sustain a considerable journey.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This is not Cave's best work by any means, but these songs do showcase his impressive range as a lyricist, performer and musician. [#12, p.100]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Try as you might, there's no pushin it out. [#12, p.101]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the propulsive 'What Would Wolves Do?' to the dub-styled 'Brace Yourself,' the album seems like something to play while driving across the desert at sunset, especially with all the wolf cries in the background from Islands’ Nicolas Thorburn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Relentlessly sultry, with lush arrangements framed by slamming dance beats. [#9, p.102]
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    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Hearing Van Etten’s performance on [Your Love Is Killing Me] and several others are downright shiver-inducing.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Butler and company have crafted a brilliant tribute to the glorious euphoria of getting down in the big city. [Summer 2008, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bradford Cox's jagged, swirling atmospherics reach an apotheosis on this hazy but blissful offering.
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    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The urgency of the music and the quality vocal and guitar hooks make this one of the best rock albums of the year. [#13, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    While Boxer lacks a knockout punch like last album’s 13th round uppercut “Mr. November,” all scorecards still have the National besting David Berman to remain indie rock’s “Great White Mope.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Simply a great record. [#14, p.95]
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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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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    Get Lost and stay lost.
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    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    One of the great pleasures of Twin Cinema is the way every morsel seems to have been scrutinized. [#17, p.96]
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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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    • 84 Critic Score
    Have One On Me is Newsom at her best: precious without being cloying, subtle without being indecipherable, beautifully written and sweetly played.
    • 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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    • 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.
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    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A crisp-sounding, very coherent, vocally comprehensible collation of shapely, spirited power-pop-punk nuggets. [#11, p.93]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It takes willpower and endurance to swim down these dark, dimly lit streams of misery. Even as a listener. [#11, p.98]
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    • 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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    • 84 Critic Score
    It remains instrumentally raucous, emotionally battered, and unaplogetically fun. [Winter 2009, p.100]
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    • 88 Critic Score
    Her countrified songs often begin as gothic lullabies, swallowed up in darkness and longing, as if the instruments themselves were suffering heartbreak. [#6, p.82]
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    • 82 Critic Score
    With Before Today, Pink achieves congruence in the album's construction, but does so without sacrificing his peculiar flair. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.104]
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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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Kaputt's allure fills up glasses with the finest Chablis in a Nagel print–filled room, and lets Bejar's newfound status as King of Hi-Fi unfold in all of its cryptic finery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's this balance of aggression and harmony that make El-P so engaging--and Cancer for Cure so triumphant.
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    • 84 Critic Score
    Like all good things—especially good byes—it comes to an end. And with that, Mr. Murphy goes out on top.
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    • 84 Critic Score
    With honeyed vocals and the tender touch of acoustic guitar, he is already showing signs of songcraft perfection on his second LP. [#9, p.109]
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    • 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 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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    • 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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    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.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    Possesses a rare beauty and a singluar honesty. [#9, p.111]
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    • 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.
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    • 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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    • 82 Critic Score
    Mission deliciously accomplished, sir.
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    • 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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    • 82 Critic Score
    Superchunk continues fishing for perfection--and, as always, the band brings the hooks.
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    • 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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    • 90 Critic Score
    Familiar yet thrilling, Blunderbuss is a masterful introduction to a man we've known all along.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 86 Critic Score
    New York's experimental sonic collective continues to make challenging and rewarding music on Eye Contact.
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    • 86 Critic Score
    As simple as the instrumentation is on the album... they use it to maximum effect. [#11, p.98]
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    • 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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    • 86 Critic Score
    Be
    Although Kanye's production work has certainly been more spectacular in the past, his subtle tweaks and inversions on Be provide Com with a revamped template. [#16, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is something so honest about My Morning Jacket--something fresh and something Skynard. But in a good way. [#7, p.91]
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    Darnielle has not lost his talent for storytelling. [#15, p.99]
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    The end result is a kind of low-flying elation that only these experienced noirists could deliver.
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    • 84 Critic Score
    We still have a band trying to blow your mind with pure musicianship and experimentation, while having the balls to show restraint and even unabashed posie-sniffing beauty.
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    • 84 Critic Score
    The attempt to cross unbridgeable distances, whatever the outcome, defines The Whole Love.
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    • 93 Critic Score
    A hefty team was assembled to do this right... and do it right they do. [#21, p.93]
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    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One might be a bit startled by how much, well, more broken this new [album] sounds. [#17, p.92]
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    • 82 Critic Score
    These songs would stand on thier own in terms of sound alone, but it's the addition of Bazan's thoughtful lyrics that make this perhaps his most powerful and interesting album thus far. [Summer 2009, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Monitor finds the New Jersey band swimming ina similar cesspool of whiskey and shit, with nothing but a proud hangover--and one hell of a record--to show for it. [Winter 2010, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Just as you're really gearing up for a night on the town with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix as your sidekick, it ends abruptly. There's only one remedy: Play it again. And Again, And again. [Spring 2009, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The most direct album the band has ever assembled, Fade functions like one of the darker, LOL-averse episodes of comedian Louis C.K.’s eponymous show.
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    • 82 Critic Score
    The true surprise, then, is not the feedback and guitar solos... it's the more pop-oriented structure and melodies. [#14, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is rare to come across a record that possesses such refinement and stylization, but The Seldom Seen Kid excels at both and was more than worth the wait. [Spring 2008, p.94]
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