Hartford Courant's Scores

  • Music
For 517 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Promise
Lowest review score: 20 Carry On
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 517
517 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a straight-up masterpiece, blending indie-rock attitude and clattering dance beats with lethal sardonic humor.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Promise demonstrates how wide-ranging Springsteen's musical interests and abilities were when he was 27.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Hell Hath No Fury" has nearly redefined its genre; it takes the coke trade's dead eyes and empty hearts, found from penthouse to pavement, and turns them into music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Friend and Foe" might be the first truly great record of 2007.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Impressionistic sound painting El-P has long threatened - and finally delivered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A second album as outstanding as this one is no nightmare; it's a dream come true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Credit Condon with a vivid imagination to go with his intuitive songwriting ability, and embrace The Flying Club Cup as one of the best albums of 2007.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The breadth of new realms both singers explore is one of many highlights of a collection that is nothing short of remarkable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jones’ powerful voice grows more compelling each time through, and every full, round bass note, horn blast and guitar fill the Dap-Kings play is, well, perfect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ire Works is one of the best metal records released this year, full of brutal math-metal freakouts such as 'Fix Your Face' and 'Nong Eye Gong' and beautifully crafted, more melodic songs, including 'Black Bubblegum' and 'Dead as History.'
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If anything, the group's latest is another musical masterpiece from a band known for putting out musical masterpieces.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although "Queen Mary" was a strong showing, At Mount Zoomer--named for the band's recording space--is an instant classic, distancing itself from indie rock's skin-deep quirks on the way to something grander and more enduring.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tunes are among the most musically diverse the band has recorded so far, with buoyant piano pop undercut by an air of melancholy on the opening title track, glittering beds of synthesizers on "Sprawl II," churning, punk simplicity in the guitars on "Month of May" and a propulsive rhythm driving "Half Light II (No Celebration)," layers of vocal harmonies and moaning strings floating atop the relentless beat.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like many of Kanye's brainstorms, it's a crazy idea -- and like many of Kanye's crazy ideas, it works.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lady Gaga has made a quintessential pop album with Born This Way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you haven't discovered him yet, there's no better time than "Time Being."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His best so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real difference between this album and past Dears efforts, though, is not so much musical directness as Lightburn's lyrical attempts to become the spokesman for the dispossessed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A full-length debut strong on deft, cheeky wordplay and blessedly free of the usual hip-hop clichés burdening her American counterparts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all the impressive ambition inherent in its size and scope, its working parts boil down to a testament to the fun of making music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a compelling record in the same way as Green Day's "American Idiot" was: Each shows a band pushing itself to grow, and succeeding far more than anyone could have reasonably expected.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best record the Strokes should have released after "Is This It."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Less conceptual and experimental than its predecessor, it's a moody album, loaded with dark imagery and moments of torturous self-doubt.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album holds some pleasant surprises.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Waits is fearless in generating atmosphere and relentless in avoiding polish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Friend Opportunity" is arguably Deerhoof's finest album so far, and it ensures the band remains among contemporary pop's most fascinating and forward-thinking artists.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It hits hard without sacrificing any of Lerche's classic pop appeal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 11 songs comprise an ambitious song cycle, and the songwriting on "Neon Bible" is stronger and more focused than it was on "Funeral."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The emotional outpouring on display dwarfs what most vocal "emo" bands do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She has blossomed into one of contemporary folk's most enchanting voices.