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 In Search Of... [Second Version]
Lowest review score: 10 Bridge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 70
  2. Negative: 6 out of 70
70 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Argyle Heir is the Brooklyn-based combo’s most perfect recording, loaded with gently baroque, quietly cinematic tunes that leisurely melt away in your head.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not as consistent as The Coup’s outstanding Steal This Album from 1998, Party Music still manages to be one of 2001’s best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a just universe, Nikka Costa, with her near-perfect American debut, Everybody Got Their Something, would become the ‘00s answer to Janis Joplin, Teena Marie and Like a Virginal Madonna.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cast in layers upon layers of aural intricacy, Toxicity charters new frontiers, yet it’s still grinding rock at its most deafening.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scorpion propels her into pop stardom’s embrace, smartly blending party anthems with thug themes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His best effort yet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tortoise have finally integrated their influences and discovered how to do more than mimic...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An early contender for album of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sound of a band blissfully uncoiling under the sun of self-assurance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mellow, dramatic and bathed in atmosphere, Exciter is the sound of a band at the height of its powers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful album that even non-Harvey fans might relate to, Stories is an undeniable, unrelenting triumph.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Propelled by her aggressive but seductive voice, Haunted walks the line between dark, beat-driven trip-hop and warm, melodic pop. What separates the album from its competition is Poe?s smart and emotionally charged songwriting, rife with raw energy balanced by gorgeously understated hooks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kid A may feel cold and ahuman at first, but stick with it for the full 50 minutes: Listen long enough, and a fragile, flickering glow becomes apparent amid the chill. It?s the sound of human warmth flooding into a formerly alien space -- of Radiohead finally going exactly where they wanted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hands down, this is one of the best-produced albums of the year...
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeah, it's a party. And it's great rock music. Those who claim Manson "went back to Goth" and reclaimed Antichrist's noise after Mechanical proved too subtle for kids are only partly right. Okay, he virtually cloned his hit "The Beautiful People" in "Disposable Teens." And there are several familiar yell-and-stomp numbers on Holy Wood. But even those almost all contain a double-take chord change or a textural overdose or a mind-blowing bridge, and they'll be terroristic in concert. More important, there are a bunch of plain brilliant tracks where Manson anoints bits of rock history into his own church.