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 Sound Of Silver
Lowest review score: 20 Carry On
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 517
517 music reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's a bland album that rarely shifts tempo and shows almost none of the personality Jackson used to have.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The laughs are in short supply on "Release Therapy."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even Banks' better-than-average skills can't save "Rotten Apple" from mediocrity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A muddled mess of convoluted textures that is at times, frankly, unlistenable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The handful of [balalds] isn't enough, though, and vapid lyrics and cluttered beats on the rest of "The Sweet Escape" makes for musical heavy lifting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The bloody, boastful rhymes are mostly DOA, victims of songs that value attitude over arrangement.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The title of the Smashing Pumpkins' new album seems like wishful thinking. So does the music, for that matter
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's more of the same on his second album, a collection so bland, it makes hardtack seem sumptuous.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Harry remains a creative force, and it's clear she needs to continue making music, but her new songs lack the cohesive spark needed to make anyone but diehard fans take notice.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    When juxtaposed with the album's bubble-gum bounce, the creepy parts just seem creepier.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only one or two of these 15 songs (there are also five skits on the 20-track album) features the dazzling wordplay and unparalleled lyrical flow that made Marshall Mathers one of the biggest names in rap.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    "You Know My Name" gives listeners a point to skip to on an otherwise mediocre album.