Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,293 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Black Messiah
Lowest review score: 25 Cheek to Cheek
Score distribution:
1,293 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
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    Such guests hardly bring commercial cachet. What they add is a depth and dynamism that transcend genres, generations and language, transforming Los Lobos' trademark sound without throwing the band off its foundation.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It's a near-perfect piece of art, a level of accomplishment Harvey achieves with amazing consistency.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Charming, unpretentious and effortless, the singer presides over a party whose pace never flags and whose soul is fun-loving and wholesome. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 91 Metascore
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    OutKast's duo have made a cohesive statement that not only cries at the boundaries of rap music but vaults over them to a place where the music sounds like neon colors and the only rule is that you must free your mind. Your ears will follow.
    • 79 Metascore
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    [Bono] explores epic themes, from faith to family, with such indelible grace that the CD stands with "The Joshua Tree" and "Achtung Baby" as one of the Irish quartet's essential works. [21 Nov 2004]
    • 88 Metascore
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    Freed from the more formal sound and circumstances of his previous work, Smith indulged without being indulgent, and the revelation here is the exuberant, instinctive, playful and daring sonic pilot who was hidden inside the meticulous craftsman of such albums as "XO" and "Figure 8." [10 Oct 2004]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Demanding and artful, he just may be this generation's Joni Mitchell. [5 Dec 2004]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    "Smile" emerges as a beautiful and cohesive work, at times deeply moving, at others oddly whimsical, at still others eerily disturbing but celebratory. [27 Sep 2004]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    An album with the simmering glow of a masterpiece.
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    • 78 Metascore
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    The biggest advance is that the Kills now wrap their songs, from the enchanting "The Good Ones" to the especially anxious "I Hate the Way You Love," in melodies that are disarmingly sweet and seductive. [6 Mar 2005]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    This is metal that swings, heavy with a deft touch. [24 Apr 2005]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    The heart of the CD is filled with the compassion and craft that have made Springsteen such an invaluable figure in rock. [24 Apr 2005]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    One of the most fascinating things about the Stripes' fifth album is that on first listening it is likely to baffle fans of the Detroit duo as much as it will eventually delight them. [5 Jun 2005]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    The tone of subdued romanticism is balanced by a fine, seductive sense of melody and arrangement. [3 Jul 2005]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    [An] even more ambitious, superbly crafted follow-up. [28 Aug 2005]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    If Bob Dylan has been for years our best guide to exploring the complexities of human experience, Young may be the songwriter who expresses most eloquently the simple ties that bind us all. [18 Sep 2005]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    Wilson delivers a knockout as she serves up enough of the rowdy tunes to keep the jukebox pumping most of the night — most powered by a lively mix of ringing guitars, spunky fiddles and powerful backbeat. [25 Sep 2005]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Every song on this exhilarating debut... is almost as good as its first hit, "Crazy." That's saying a lot. [6 May 2006]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    The sheer brazenness of this collection is refreshing after years of timidity in the upper echelons of the pop world. [6 May 2006]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    It overflows with the kind of music the Chili Peppers do best: a physical, often psychedelic mix of spastic bass-slapped funk and glistening alt-rock spiritualism. Only they've never sounded this good as musicians.
    • 75 Metascore
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    The songs zing with the excitement of two music nerds caught up in a game of "Top This!" [16 May 2006]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    This is their third collaboration, but neither the casual, light-bodied "Mutations" nor the intimate "Sea Change" anticipated this kind of flowering. [24 Sep 2006]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    What makes "The Black Parade" so exciting isn't anything rock is quite used to.... My Chemical Romance expresses the next generation's quest by redrawing the boundaries of reality itself.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's almost too much, really, but Waits doesn't release albums very often, so you can make it last.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Murphy succeeds by stretching in two directions — finding a new musical center, and showing his humanity beyond the laughs.
    • 78 Metascore
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    The music doesn't always live up to the demands of the journey, but Oberst's trembling, vulnerable voice carries through to a rewarding conclusion.
    • 65 Metascore
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    A bluesy, psychedelic witches' brew that feels like one long, complex incantation to keep us safe, to make us see there is indeed some kinda way out of here.
    • 76 Metascore
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    "Year Zero" is a total marriage of the pop and gamer aesthetics that unlocks the rusty cages of the music industry and solves some key problems facing rock music as its cultural dominance dissolves into dust. It's easy for even Reznor appreciators to overlook this accomplishment, because "Year Zero" also works as pure pop.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This latest LP is manna for rap purists.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Not since "Mechanical Animals" (1998) has he stared within so unblinkingly; the focus pays off in conflicted, nuanced singing that makes some of his past rage sound rote.