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 1966
Lowest review score: 25 The New Game
Score distribution:
1,293 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result on The Whole Love is a work by a group of exceptional musicians who, four years into their collaboration, have melded into one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Toward the end of this thoroughly bewitching album, Danilova even dispenses with the security-blanket gloom, singing a stark piano ballad not far removed from Adele's "Someone Like You."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The production makes stellar use of his major-label money; the sound is refined and dynamic in a way that's wholly missing from pop radio.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    She's found a way to honor her Bjorkian appetites for lavish orchestral spectacle while finding the depth and subtlety of her voice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With all seven of the songs clocking in at six to 10 minutes each, Bush takes her time, but the songs aren't built of different parts; it's more like mounting meditations on one theme.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's both bleak and unexpectedly beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As is the case with most Pollard releases, it's hard to pick a best moment, because catchy new favorites pop out with each successive listen, timed to explode in incremental bursts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Taken together, Reznor and Ross' score to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (available as a three-CD set and as a download) not only does its job in service of Fincher's vision, but it's also one more step in the ongoing evolution of a restless musical mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Teebs may not be as acclaimed as Flying Lotus or labelmate Thundercat, but he's making music just as inspired.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result is a rarity in the Chocolate Drops' world: roots music as useful as it is beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Anchored by Glasper's masterful, hypnotic work on piano and Rhodes, and filled with cameos by the likes of Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Yasmin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco and more, it's a sensuous and smoky affair.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At 14 songs and 53 minutes, Ugly is a workout, and there's nary a moment in which Paternoster doesn't seem at risk of losing control to her guitar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Alabama Shakes' first album, Boys & Girls, is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This ability to maneuver through complex emotions is one of Wainwright's strengths and makes "Out of the Game" an essential recording.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Throughout, Santigold never stops playing spin-the-globe, and she also never loses sight of her mission to keep listeners moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is Los Angeles hard-core. Long may it rule.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Banga is both a return to form and her best album in many years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result confronts old age without giving in to self-pity. It earns its title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Cherry Thing reclaims the unpredictable outlaw energy and impulses of hip-hop, jazz and punk, organically linking them all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It might be the year's most beautifully sung recording.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dirty Projectors still get itchy at the prospect of sleek surfaces, and their uneasiness is a thrill to behold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While it's great to have the old albums re-mastered, the real draw here are the remixes and the concert performances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sun
    A big, confident, and captivating pop album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Silver Age is an exclamation point to those [Sugar] reissues, a nod to the past but with clear direction forward.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ever confident of her allure both as a woman and an artist, Furtado on The Spirit Indestructible proves nearly untouchable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a minor miracle she's been able to make room for another Lavender Diamond outing. But when the results sparkle this brilliantly, the multi-tasking seems exceedingly worth it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Jiaolong boasts nine timeless dance-floor bangers that resurrect a moment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a masterpiece of storytelling, empathy in the midst of chaos.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's an excellent Green Day album--one of its best--a catchy, revealing work that surprises with its willingness to explore ideas that the band members may not have invented, but which, fed through Green Day's filter, become theirs.