Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,248 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Lowest review score: 25 Uncanney Valley
Score distribution:
1,248 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    An exercise in pointless artifice. [23 Nov 2004]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    For all her lovesick panting, pleading and purring, Ashanti is never emotionally engaged with the songs, which aren't worth the trouble anyway. [2 Jan 2005]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Kelly's whole approach is familiar and threadbare. [3 Jul 2005]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Her singing is not convincing in the least. [16 Oct 2005]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    For most of the album, she sounds like any other self-absorbed teen, yearning to be Alanis, Gwen and even Stevie Nicks. [6 Dec 2005]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Like cotton candy, the food group she most resembles, what may seem like a mouthful for a moment is gone in the blink of an eye, leaving a sweet aftertaste and empty calories behind. [22 Aug 2006]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Peel away the accessibility of his fluffy debut and there's nothing but major-label album fodder.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Last Night feels like a cold academic exercise, as though Moby were compiling a collection of beats for future examination by an alien race curious about our after-hours ways.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    She has to, you know, sing. You can tell she's not into it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    There is some of the old energy here, thanks in part to the presence of drummer Tommy Lee, who drives 'Down at the Whisky' and 'Chicks=Trouble' like somebody with a head full of stimulants. Yet the album lacks the tune-craft that once made vintage Crüe such hits as 'Dr. Feelgood' and 'Kickstart My Heart' so appealing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Jeezy's sonic sins would be partially pardonable were The Recession to flash any hint of fun or humor. Instead, the street-cred-consumed caricature is more content to rip off Tupac Shakur ("Hustlaz Ambition") and write abominable hooks.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Doll Domination is a series of signifiers to other, more interesting, moments in recent pop culture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The record is larded with awkward modernist R&B, Christian semaphore ballads like 'You Can' and warm-milk mewling that makes David Cook, Archuleta's "Idol" foe, sound like Robert Plant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    On 'Human' you can hear Brandy striving (understandably) to express herself, yet the result rarely rises above diary-entry tedium.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The album's sound is raw, but "raw," even in the Americana circles that Son Volt travels in, doesn't always equate with primal power. Sometimes it's just undercooked.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    There are a few glimmers of hope; Tisdale has said her heroes are Pat Benatar and Kelly Clarkson. But to succeed in the crowded hallways of teen pop, she'll have to be as fearless a misfit as those two bad girls--and not feel guilty about it in the morning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Editors' ponderously titled third album is a disappointing reversion to form, with listless melodies, gloopy, synth-heavy arrangements and corny lyrics that might pass for sly goth-culture satire if Smith didn't deliver them with such self-serious bravado.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The Circle shows off Bon Jovi's still-sharp knack for wedding blandly optimistic sentiments to predictably soaring choruses. Unfortunately, it's getting pretty hard to tell one song from the next.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Most of the material, though, tends toward a flavorless pop-rock sound that doesn't even do much to flatter Allen's appealingly rumpled vocals.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Endicott had a hand in penning the excellent title track from Shakira's new album "She Wolf." Perhaps he can preserve some of that creative spark for his own band's next endeavor.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    A handful of lovingly arranged power ballads were evidently designed to illuminate the singer's remorse over the Rihanna incident. Yet Brown doesn't seem up to the task of contrition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Too many of these 16 hazy, half-crazy tracks sound like undercooked studio goofs recorded in the wee hours by Albarn and his impressive circle of celebrity pals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Basic Instinct offers enough android booty bass action to satisfy those who like their rhythms complicated but repetitive and hooks foreseeable from a mile away, but pleasant enough when they arrive.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Coming from a star whose weekly "Idol" pronouncements emphasize the value of charisma, "Love?" definitely disappoints.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The jokes are reasonably funny and the riffs rock reasonably hard. But Argos never convinces you that his unlikely persistence is paying off.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Three new tracks (including a dreamy take on the gospel standard "His Eye Is on the Sparrow") provide a glimmer of what Stone might accomplish if he ever rouses himself more fully.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The rest of it, though, is stuff that will probably sound just fine beneath NFL highlight reels but fails to gel when the volume is up and California 2011 beckons.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Every touch of lyrical bitterness is followed by enough sugar to mask the taste, which might be good in the short term but isn't a recipe for long-term health.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Yet for all the textural variety they provide, those welcome cameos rarely succeed in leavening Lightbody's pervasive gloom.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Dead Son Rising feels watery and without a center; it reinforces Numan's legacy, rather than his potential.