Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,306 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Shadows in the Night
Lowest review score: 25 The New Game
Score distribution:
1,306 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The songs are structured firmly in the classic tradition, evoking Dylan, the Band, Hendrix and Beatles. They're enriched by a bottomless well of melodic invention and find an emotional core in Tweedy's shy, plaintive vocals. [20 Jun 2004]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album is a bit daunting and demanding. But it's also compelling and rewarding. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This may not make new converts, but Spree fans will find much cause to rejoice. [11 Jul 2004]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Crow" is a striking redefinition, an album that roars and twitches with the raw, aggressive, fury of urgent rock activism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is no more a perfect album than "Come Away With Me," but its highlights again carry the stamp of a singer whose talent is strong and whose vision is true.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Filled with just the kind of unpredictable twists and turns that you'd expect from someone who lists Doris Day as one of her idols and hopes someday to be compared to Bob Dylan. [29 Feb 2004]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Music that at once revels in and transcends rock traditions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's Em's show, for sure, and being surrounded by a talented, fast-talking crew has made him even more engaging than he is on his own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By sticking to a single subject, "Stone Love" lacks the range and ambition of her splendid "Mahogany Soul" album in 2001, but it is still a joy. [11 Jul 2004]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With deft, powerful strokes, the singer-songwriter chisels emotions, impressions, yearnings and regrets, giving these 13 songs exactly as much room as they need and no more.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A dance syncretism made of menacing beats skittering from dark dancehall to mashed-up jungle, super-warped bass frequencies, stark anti-hooks, and a voice that is the most authentic to emerge in years. [18 Jan 2004]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An album that seethes and rocks with real energy and depth. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A couple of songs (including the goofy "Condi, Condi") seem out of place, but the heart of "The Revolution" carries the stamp of an artist and a patriot. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The production is as dry as old wallpaper. But as a kind of Art Brut storytelling, it is magnificent.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's largely a tour de force that speaks of love and life with an honesty and clarity recalling the optimism of Curtis Mayfield and the occasional dismay of Marvin Gaye. [5 Sep 2004]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In a few tracks, you sense this band is still at the mercy of influences as it searches for its identity, but the best moments are wonderfully promising.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The luminosity of her performance counters the album's tendency toward dry formalism. [5 Sep 2004]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even Trail of Dead's slightest moments speak with the purpose and ambition of genuine rock 'n' roll intellect and desire. [6 Feb 2005]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A bold, essential chapter in this young man's inspired body of work.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An evolution in big beat and sweet dance-pop loyalty as hard-hitting as their mid-'90s works "Exit Planet Dust" or "Dig Your Own Hole." [23 Jan 2005]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At once stern and playful, wildly scattered and yet sharply honed by the artist's sheer will and reach. [6 Feb 2005]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With this second full album, the singer and songwriter stakes a claim on a unique and fascinating turf, a sort of avant-cabaret musical theater that embraces a David Lynch-like moodiness and experimental-folk mystery, intimate confession and theatrical grandeur. [20 Mar 2005]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    She's been de-emphasizing hysterics for a while now, and here she mostly sings prettily, but still powerfully. [6 Mar 2005]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There's such a casual, old-timey feel to much of the CD that it's easy to get caught up by the album's charms and forget to focus on Ward's writing, which would be a mistake. [6 Mar 2005]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Calling an Eels album personal and somber seems redundant, but compared with the guitar-rock discord of the two preceding albums, this return to meticulously crafted pop miniatures seems even more inward-directed. [24 Apr 2005]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Williams sings tunes... with such openness and character that it's like hearing some of them for the first time. [22 May 2005]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's Albarn's evocative words, compelling if understated melodic sense and subdued vocals that are the emotional center, transcending the gimmick even more than on the first Gorillaz album. [22 May 2005]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cooder manages to make his work both cynical and idealistic. But most importantly, it's authentic. [12 Jun 2005]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Loud, anthemic, joyous and bitter, it's easily the best Foo Fighters album in a decade. [12 Jun 2005]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If it's pop craftsmanship you are after, few can equal this melancholy concept album and the sheer virtuosity of its hooks. [22 Jan 2006]
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