HOB.com's Scores

  • Music
For 101 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 90 White Blood Cells
Lowest review score: 0 Duke Lion Fights The Terror!!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 101
  2. Negative: 3 out of 101
101 music reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This record is strictly Music For Adults, with songs about kids and real love and life.... Essentially, it is soothing background music for troubled times.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What's lacking, though, is context.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their album is little more than thirty minutes and eleven versions of the same song. But damn if that one song isn't a good one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With all that studio experience and expertise, Garbage inevitably sounds slicker than a bobsled track. But it can become a little too slick: the flawless sound often only exposes and exacerbates their shortcomings as writers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adam's milked a meaty, soulful rock album out of the band…and it is good.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all her concern with the power of language, she seems to forget that in music, that language loses strength exponentially with each layer of music added.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bold forays into gospel, R&B and even a little soul (complete with ooh-oohing singers backing Burgess) display a far reaching confidence that rises as the album reveals itself to be not only something swimming in classic influences, but also a path-carving groove maker that falls in line with the likes of Stereo MCs and Jamiroquai.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alison Krauss & Union Station has a voice like honey, raw and honest and sweet, and she wraps it lovingly around these achy ballads and American Gothic lamentations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Closer is classic BTE: hopeful melodies, lead singer Kevin Griffin's uniquely sweet voice, enough pop to make you sing along and smile but thoroughly substantial and rewarding.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not a bad record, by any stretch.... but The Crystal Method are still falling shy of the bar set by the Fatboy Slims and the Chemical Brothers of the world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    And the songs are catchy, yes. Just not so catchy that you're already singing along with them the first time you hear them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He's arriving a bit late to the party, as his union of the electronic and organic is yesterday's news to anyone residing within a few miles of the cutting edge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times when a few rough edges might make these songs more compelling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not as immediate as Keep It Like A Secret, or as unified on the sonic surface, but with enough patience, Ancient Melodies of the Future resonates on a level that connects the band's body of work, while also taking it a step further.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The compositions are sharp enough to cleanly burrow themselves into the subconscious; only to rise up at the most unexpected moments and potentially leave you wondering where you heard that funky little beat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The White Stripes' songs are so strong, so deliciously simple, it's genius.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is often angular, odd, and unpredictable, but always contributing to a relaxed atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taken only for what it is, Gorillaz is an engaging, if not entirely arresting, journey through sluggish mood rock and jazzy hip-hop. Taken for what it aspires to be, though, it's more disappointing than awe-inspiring...
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's impressive enough that Wainwright doesn't have the whole orchestra playing at once. But his well thought out arrangements are only the finishing touches on songs that would have held up even if he was given little more than a guitar and a pocket tape recorder to work with.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much of the time, Amnesiac ends up sounding more like a work in progress than the band's crowning opus.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like Radiohead with Kid A, Air benefits greatly here from the extra slack given only to those somehow deemed "artists" rather than mere musicians. Coming from almost anyone else, this album would end up in the trash heap long before it had a chance to sink in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though not in the same league as Some Great Reward or Violator, Exciter is a solid effort and refreshing reminder of the variety of pop music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What this album lacks in a standout track it makes up for in consistency.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rather than dwell on tragedy or sulk through an album of moodier blues, they deliver a batch of radio-friendly tunes reminiscent of their commercial breakthrough, Four.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Placebo's indie-glam rock fusion still sounds on CD like a good idea, and little more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Survivor is the type of record R&B and pop have been missing since the fade out of such modern predecessors En Vogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect album, and it's second half plays too openly with synth pop elements. The subtle beats and loops feel forced. But it has its moments of beauty, its songs worth listening to more than once.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Turin Brakes' music consists largely of the same kind of contemplative minor key laments that one might hope to hear from Elliott Smith...
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's a lot to be said about G Love's consistency and the way that amid a steadfast formula he never fails to feel fresh.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Know Your Enemy loses all its momentum when Manic Street Preachers decide that they have something to say.