Junkmedia's Scores

  • Music
For 403 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 In A Safe Place
Lowest review score: 10 Underwater Cinematographer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 403
403 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is harsher, darker, and just plain louder than Low have ever been in their 10-year career.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A buzzing, raw jewel of a record that hints at seemingly limitless possibilities for Beckett's songwriting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I Sold Gold is the rare record that can poke fun at itself, the world, and its fans yet transcend simple entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Possessing a richly elastic set of vocal chords, Bird is in league with such silver-throated singers as Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, but he rarely if ever over-emotes, a common criticism leveled at Buckley and Wainwright.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where previous releases have been occasionally bogged down in somnambulistic reverie, the majority of The Earth Is Blue feels light as air.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easily the artist's most cohesive, polished work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An almost uniformly excellent outing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing that holds this collection down at all is the fact that you're listening to it at home, and, no matter how good your audio setup, it will never come close to the band's famously loud and beautiful live sets. And, at that, this comes close.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's one thing to treat your influences with reverence, eyes and goals fixed on a past that brought them to you. It's another to fold them into the present, into the elusive omnipresence of the moment. And how Dead Meadow pulls this off on Feathers is an amazing thing to hear.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arular is what The Coup’s second record set out to be but wasn’t: Party Music, both for the warehouse hedonists and the basement dissidents.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Filled with zesty pop confections, sing along choruses, and plenty of attitude.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the added guitar riffs and post-punk tones, Stars stick with a lush string section and neatly placed horns throughout, and their romantic appeal stays largely intact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that Prekop isn't really pushing himself on this album, it's a near perfect distillation of his art.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the music is as delicious and diverse as ever, the Decemberists' meal ticket is Meloy's unmatched lyrical prowess, which borders at times on mod-Shakespearean.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs walk a delicate tightrope between the brain and the hips, and the libidinal release of the beat is denied, suggested, suppressed, and finally let loose to sweat it out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Furthers the high concept lyrical talents of the group with an added twist: a more atmospheric, slightly new wave sensibility.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Newcomers may want to start investigating with something less daunting, but even the casual fan of Cave's work will find this collection indispensable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suspended Animation, on the whole, is a technical marvel; a kaleidoscopic foray into death metal, Looney Tunes sound effects, and an alarming balance of slapstick and pathos.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Earthly Man demonstrates that all the glitz and studio production techniques used in making many records aren't really necessary to craft a compelling document.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the most hardened, poker-faced purists will crack a smile at AIH's ridiculously catchy, hook-riddled dance-pop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Part of the problem with Alligator is that it echoes so many other records, but part of its satisfaction is that it sets itself apart so well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Blues isn't as immediately classic-sounding as Molina's 2003 pseudo-debut, it still harbors enough affecting songs to make you pause and admire the man's craft.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bipolar rock opera for the ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sunset Tree may just be The Mountain Goats's most poetic, coherent work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Doe strikes just the right balance. He's confident but not arrogant; laid back, yet full of vitality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Snaith simply dictates the flow of emotions and events on this record, with the kind of command presence rarely seen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] sonic sheen (and the punchy rhythm section) gives the songs an immediacy that the previous reunion records have lacked.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wedding is a worthwhile gamble and a record like no other in the Oneida catalogue. Which, come to think of it, makes it a lot like every other Oneida record.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it feels like they're still finding their way and discovering what they're capable of, it's clear there's potential for greatness and longevity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record's disparate experiments are unified by an overriding darkness, the black light Albarn shines on the dancehall. It's this unusual tone that makes Demon Days intriguing long after it's ceased to be novel.