Flak Magazine's Scores

  • TV
  • Music
For 62 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 90 The Violet Hour
Lowest review score: 20 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
62 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nuanced, ever-shifting masterwork that reveals its biggest rewards to the listener who's got 53 minutes to experience the whole thing, start to finish, and who's willing to do this several times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carved into the glittering surface of its obsessively polished pop jewels are the biographies of horny schoolkids, laid-off airline pilots, aspiring salesmen reeling from scotch and soda -- in short, credible characters sculpted with music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fusion of rhythm with textural washes of sound is near perfect in its seamless euphoria.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Banhart ceaselessly entrances with his brilliant combination of John Fahey-esque pickings, absurd and sometimes profoundly resonating lyrics and the craft to convey both kinds with equal candor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The understated instrumental, tempo and mood variations are what make The Violet Hour so great -- by the time you reach the closing track, you have not once been jarred out of the reverie induced by the opening title track.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It's] Ween's darkest record, and it is tremendous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though there are quite a few slinking, introspective tracks on Transatlanticism, there are also a fistful of songs that have the left-field appeal -- not quite punk, not quite rock, not quite pop -- that brought a song like Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" to the top of the charts in recent years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter how the sounds are made, it is with captivatingly sincere intent that they are never boring and, above all, always enjoyable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is Finn's particular gift to be able to set the listener smack in the middle of his songs, seeing what he sees, caring about the lives he chronicles. It is the listener's reward to find these stories scored by big, fat monster hooks, and effortless piano-driven melodies.