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 13 & God
Lowest review score: 10 Underwater Cinematographer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 403
403 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Corner's gutter low ends, amphetamine drum programming, and Dizzee's cockney slang-spitting place this record among rap's paradigmatic moments.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So the news is good. They didn't sell out, they didn't run out of ideas, and they were able to find still more places to yell "Whooo!" Go buy this now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On A Grand, everything Skinner does is in service to an infinitely satisfying and resonant whole.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My only problem with the album is that it begins to devour its own tail about halfway through, at times sounding tedious, or worse, precious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like The Fiery Furnaces' Gallowsbird Park, or Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights, Funeral is a debut record that simply refuses to be ignored.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that's both effortlessly confident of its sound and monumentally fearless of introducing cohesive surprises.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halfway through the album, it's clear that this is a glimpse into the future of pop music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What worries me about the obviously talented Junior Boys is their tendency to round their corners. The music is so safe, so pleasant; it's not hard to imagine it in the Starbucks CD rotation without raising an eyebrow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best overall representation of Belle and Sebastian’s distinctive brand of indie pop.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 10 tracks are hands down the most irresistible pop music you'll hear this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Better than anything they've recorded to date, Hypermagic Mountain approximates the swelling energy of Lightning Bolt's live havoc.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rejoicing in the Hands finds Banhart developing past his early lo-fi recordings in favor of a crisper, more succinct sound that highlights his intricate guitar picking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although an extreme statement, it is a major stylistic step forward for the band and pays off great dividends to those so inclined to follow them into The Woods.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cave's songwriting chops and incisive lyrics have, if anything, grown stronger.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guthrie successfully matches his idiosyncratic lyrics with subtle, layered arrangements lush with strings, crisp guitars, and shifting song structures as likely to burst into anthem or lilt towards confession.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What sets Franz Ferdinand apart is their unapologetic adherence to the pop formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Worthy of any superlative you can throw its way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is Stevens' creepier qualities that make him a cut above the average singer-songwriter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is every bit the equal of recent pop classics like the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, or The Shins' Oh, Inverted World.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's nothing Herren can't and won't do on this record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quicksand/Cradlesnake establishes Califone as an ambitious band with the songwriting chops to back up its penchant for studio strangeness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The mish-mash of moods and modes leaves little from which to gather a theme.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You really don't know what you're dealing with until you sit down and take in the freewheeling beauty of one of the year's best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exceptional testament to James Murphy, both as a musician and producer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By album's end, two coming-of-age stories are complete: the boy has grown into a black sheep man, and the literate musicians have become a hell of a rock band.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, with so much to hear and such a range of styles, the album can take a couple of listens before it starts to bloom. That said, after these requisite spins, one can't help but admire how smoothly Feast of Wire glides from track to track, style to style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounding like a lost classic from Britain's 1979 art-punk scene, the Futureheads' debut is an assured masterpiece of twitchy, nervous pop.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stripped down and folky... there's no denying Oberst's presence as a major artist who continues to evolve and explore his craft with each release.