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 Gorillaz
Lowest review score: 10 Bridge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 70
  2. Negative: 6 out of 70
70 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Now, it’s the chilled tracks that seem limited and generic... The fortunate tradeoff is that the album’s three strobe-lit tracks definitely bring it on.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I'm assuming the problems began when Rubin presented Cash with a cache of songs to choose from. From there, Rubin's production only makes a bad situation worse, putting Cash's dusty, reverbless voice -- which is beginning to show its frailties -- unnaturally in your face.... But if you can wade through the chaff, it's Cash's originals that save the disc.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wyclef seems to reinvent himself for the worse on his sophomore effort. In place of his trademark iconoclasm, he delivers some good old-fashioned conformity in a bid to renew his street-credibility card... Thankfully, 'Clef strikes a balance with some outstanding selections, starting with the acoustically driven ballads "Diallo," "911" and "Something About Mary", which show that Wyclef armed with a guitar is still more powerful than an army of producers strapped with drum machines.... It's enough to make The Ecleftic a good but not grand album, one that finds Wyclef's vision falling short of his abilities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The group's lack of growth has begun to make their well-established talents wear thin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It just isn't as much fun this time around, no matter how fresh Dre's beats are or how many worthy targets get shot down along with the innocent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Chambers' voice is a birdie chirp. She's sexy, but has less edge than the tiniest bleached-blond in the Dixie Chicks and half the sass of Dolly Parton.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You yearn for raw guitars, gritty beats or at least a broader dynamic range.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The new set lacks Kingdom's cathartic exuberance, not to mention the myriad bouncy sing-along hits that made Gwen Stefani to the '90s what Madonna was to the '80s.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A 12-song mess that veers unsteadily between the fuzztone freak-outs of his original concept and panicked-sounding rewrites of older Monster Magnet material.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Redman comes up frustratingly short on thrills with an indulgent, complacent effort that takes you on a loooooong road to nowhere.