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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sound Of Silver
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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The Impressionistic sound painting El-P has long threatened - and finally delivered.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    "Friend and Foe" might be the first truly great record of 2007.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lady Gaga has made a quintessential pop album with Born This Way.
    • 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.'
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a smarmy affair, and there's a compelling interplay between his wild-eyed desperation and her cool, clean sheen of thumps and melodies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's stylistically diverse, the album feels coherent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A vigorous cross-section of wallop and weepers that revels in its down-home personality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Kentucky-bred singer builds an ideal showcase for her strengths on Sleepless Nights, unearthing a string of jewels from country's past with a passionate, pure revival of classics both familiar and rescued from obscurity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Whaleheart" is sure to be one of the year's finest releases, which shouldn't come as news to anyone familiar with Callahan's singular, indelible songwriting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dear Science finds the band pushing still further, using its big beats and graffiti textures in service of its most accessible songs to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Line on the Horizon is a considered and nuanced work with significant depth beneath the dense, sometimes thorny exterior. Getting there, though, requires some work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pecknold and guitarist Skyler Skjelset have been writing teenage symphonies to God since they were actual teenagers, and that transcendent love of music shines through in their own songs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying the passion and skill behind the group's fourth album, its most accessible collection yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grohl often shows off his sky-high vocal range, award-winning ear for bridges and choruses and penchant for ending opuses with dark, pitch-perfect shrieks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs of Mass Destruction is a crop of solid, occasionally over-refined songs in which she consistently delivers lyrics with grand flourishes even as she lends them powerful intimacy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her third album, collects 11 new songs that document Edwards’ growth from singer who writes songs to bona fide songwriter who has embraced the art of subtlety.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a loose, easy-rolling centerpiece to an album that shows, after several fussier efforts, how effectively the Decemberists can make use of open space in their music. The King is Dead--long live the king.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Swedish indie-pop singer shows a remarkably keen eye for detail, finding surprising moments of sweetness, poignancy, and humor in a variety of situations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring 10 originals and three covers (including an unlisted version of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'), the album is a showcase for Deschanel’s pipes and Ward’s clever musical arrangements.