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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The material is perfectly suited to Hammond's subtle syncopation and sauntering vocals. The warmth of the recording makes it seem all the more like listening to a master storyteller sharing tales that have been passed down through generations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result of all this glorious epiphany is a record that remains on par with the last few DMB albums, filled with laid back grooves that beg for volume.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As the tracks shift from smooth R&B to frantic, drum machine driven beats, Outkast prove able to pull from a big enough bag of tricks as rappers to remain unpredictable. The problem is that they come out of it all without having left any defining mark on the songs. It's almost as if Stankonia would be more memorable if the duo stuck to one sound, one rhythm, and one train of lyrical thought.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    He has created a record that fully embraces the inclinations we all sometimes have to find a tune with strong enough melody to hum through the day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    God Bless The Blake Babies is more refined, more textured, and more produced than anything from the band's heyday.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If a weak link exists it's only that the surprises are few, but in reality it's for that very reason that Cole's music is so comfortable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The weaknesses of this ten song collection come in the occasional over orchestration found on some tracks that would do well in succumbing to the subtlety that Lynne and her producer Bill Bottrell have mastered in other spots.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A haunting through line of notes that impact wonderfully in stirring the darker recesses of the mind.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there is one drawback to this album, it is its somewhat overproduced nature. A little too clean and a little too short, Milk Cow Blues shows glimpses of what could have been, an all-star cast jamming to Willie classics and traditional blues like "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody's Business."
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Emotionally generous to the point of near biography, the Red House Painters win over listeners with their ability to dress even the most depressing song in lyrical warmth...
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album lacks nothing in substance, but in edge it could use a jolt.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times when a few rough edges might make these songs more compelling.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is decidedly not for those who require slick and flawless recordings. It's not particularly an album for those who demand sheer brilliance every step of the way, either. For all its sonic oddities, The Golden D doesn't always have songs that rise far beyond mere ambition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The addition of remixed or alternative versions of favorites like "78 Stone Shuffle," "We Haven't Turned Around" and the complete Gomez rendition of "Getting Better" (featured in the first wave of the Phillips ad campaign) makes this project something for the fanatic to salivate over. As for the casual listener, ASTH could possibly leave you wondering what all the fuss is about, but at the very least gives a slight glimpse into the future and of things to come.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even as they approach epic length, the songs remain beautiful, dramatic, and above all else simple.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A small, intimate record that not only reminds us of Hatfield's sweet-n-wry junior high voice, but also her mature lyric writing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the The Verve, or just plain fans of "Bittersweet Symphony," may feel a little let down as the record as a whole, though still steeped in a love of strings and complex arrangement, does not carry the same sonic weight of previous work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A flawless blend of acoustic-turns-into-fuzz guitar work and backbeat rhythms that create the aural equivalent of fog.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, they tried something different, but they kept it accessible. Just as with the last album's guitar-rock-on-tranquilizers, if Kid A's mood music changes the world it will be precisely because it is mainstream, not because it is revolutionary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Orbit tackles the classics with a reverence that occasionally calls to mind the original work of Vangelis with it's sparse and delicate blips that are more refined than you would expect even from the most devout music historian.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Furtado occasionally comes off sounding like a modern day Billie Holiday with her crisp, yet subtle vibrato filtering through a slick production that holds the record together. But while one can easily detect a smattering of her worldly intentions, it's the big one eyed pop monster that seems to win out in almost every instance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What this album lacks in a standout track it makes up for in consistency.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The tight focus on craft and detail within the simple compositions and deep emotions Mojave 3 display on their third album, Excuses for Travelers, is something to take note.... Halstead's writing compares closely to Wilco, and Hank Williams on occasion...