L.A. Weekly's Scores

For 70 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 90 Kid A
Lowest review score: 10 Bridge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 70
  2. Negative: 6 out of 70
70 music reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sadly, nothing about the unspectacular Golden State will save them from the Where Are They Now? file.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s not just that Crown Royal is a mediocre album; it’s how it manages that feat. Run-DMC, former trendsetters, now seem to be chasing after every pop fad in the book, including the ones they helped start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The music?s the problem. Given a typically goofy, urbane Merritt turn of phrase like ?You can find your own messiah/in the pit of a papaya,? Ewen crafts the most predictable and robotic of faux-techno settings. There are mildly bumping drums and sequencers, but no Hawaii, no magic and, most fatally of all, no melody.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    With the exception of only a handful of moments -- most of which are more interesting in theory than in execution -- it's a very bad album, both in its politics and its sound.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The real crime is that these guys are good musicians who happen to have horrible taste.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A 38-minute spoonful of slop, the sound of a band pissing it all away.