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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    People tend to like Joan of Arc when they play songs, but get all worked up and annoyed when the band stretches out with the experimental stuff. This record is a bunch of the stuff that would have pissed off that latter group of people had the music been bunched in with So Much Staying Alive...
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Both Costa and Lindsay Anderson have an uncanny ability to evoke multiple emotions through their lyrics. The downside seems to be their lack of range; all the songs feel the same.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Dice doesn‚t shy away from risks, and this record is just as daring as Beaches and Canyons or Creature Comforts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether you find Kinsella's brand of experimental pop insufferably pretentious or delightfully challenging (I find it a bit of both), you have to give the man credit for his vision.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who prefer less academic wave crushing and more pop elements in their electronic music, Player, Player pleasantly delivers the goods.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Grotto isn't the type of record that will win Hersh many new admirers, but it will send longtime fans into fits of ecstasy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That Kinski succeeds at knocking you over with noise on one album and then killing with you silence on the next is something to marvel at.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Faking the Books loses some momentum beneath a glut of precious, minimal electro-ballads that dot the album.... But the album succeeds brilliantly on the louder numbers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The one thing that holds the whole record together stylistically, though, is that Shipping News play Very Serious Rock Music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the new album doesn't quite topple 1998's Silur from its Tarwater throne, The Needle Was Traveling is certainly a more than credible addition to the band's discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A loose, engaging collection of songs that won’t knock your socks off the first time you hear it, but begins to work its way under your skin on subsequent spins.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a consistency in quality throughout the record, but nothing stunning enough to send you running to your stereo to hit the repeat button.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The New Wave sensibilities and unorthodox flows become predictable, and the absence of APC's Priest and Saayid is felt by the end of Tomorrow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Of Montreal have safely entrenched themselves as an institution in the indie rock world, and Satanic Panic shows them as dependable as ever for some of the best pop songs around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moments of the overfed ambience familiar to the band's debut, Feel Good Lost, poke through as the album drags on.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Silence's instrumentals - choppy samples, organs, and horns, set to the tune of a staccato digital pacemaker - sound great, but they hardly stray from the formula laid down by Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a layered, almost psychedelic feel to a lot of these songs, suggesting that Beam may not be the died-in-the-wool folkie some might have pegged him as.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the record isn't necessarily an instant classic, the unabashed embrace of simple pop sensibilities, both old and new, make it a record that is hard to stop listening to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bright Yellow Bright Orange is a much better album than Friends of Rachel Worth primarily because it largely abandons the formers' modern rock ambitions for a reflective and more natural folk-rock sound.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A record brimming with potential.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surprisingly, the time frame covered by the collection does not detract from the listening experience, rewarding Cursive-completists with moments of power punk and the angular guitar work the band has come to be known for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A loose, fun collection.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Songs is heavy on romantic longing, but the music is so coy and smart that it rarely feels mushy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A timely twinkle of apple crisp bells, hearth-warming handclaps and belly-rubbing brass.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it is at times a forbidding and daunting listen, piercing through the dense thicket of sounds reveals a wealth of melody and funk underlining Autechre's irregular electro rhythms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The advantages that The Capitol Years have over many of their compatriots are the excellent voice of lead singer Shai Halperin and swoon-inducing harmonies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This record is a high-quality package of music that will keep most DM fans happy, but is not exactly earth-shaking in any way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Delightfully pushes boundaries.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not always pretty, but even the mistakes have a remarkable charm.