Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,314 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 Shadows in the Night
Lowest review score: 25 Based on a T.R.U. Story
Score distribution:
1,314 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dear Science, the third album from the Brooklyn-based art rock band TV on the Radio, is a vivid, angry, sensual soundtrack to the haunted life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Incisive, cutting and verbally dexterous, if a little overwhelming in a single sitting, Barnett's best new songs — "Pedestrian at Best," "Depreston" and "Debbie Downer" among them--inject memorable heft into timeless rock terrain formerly explored by Polly Jean Harvey, young and angry Elvis Costello, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's both bleak and unexpectedly beautiful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first time I listened to Radiohead's In Rainbows, I loved it, no holds barred.
    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Will certainly stand as one of the best rap albums of the year. [26 Mar 2006]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    West does tend to overextend his songs.... But it's a forgiveable sin for a man whose music and message is so powerful. [12 Feb 2004, p.E16]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's everything its fans have been pining for the past two decades.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ribot's work here may not always cry for attention like some effects-laden summer blockbuster, but it can be a quietly immersive art house favorite in the right hands.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an album we'll be looking at in December when it's time to single out the most powerful works of 2014.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At times Iyer and his charges exhibit so much virtuosity and skill it's almost overwhelming how quickly ideas rise and fall through a given track, but attempting to parse all this trio is trying to say is well worth the effort.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is an album in the classic, pre-digital sense, in which the very sequence of songs suggests meaning and connection. [12 Sep 2006]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vulnicura is a serious, heavy journey through a rough ordeal, a work certainly too deep to fully absorb so quickly after its release. Like many of her recent records, it's not toe-tapping beat-based music. But fans like myself will find much to love as we explore its many peaks and valleys.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    His songs are lyrically simple yet emotionally and sonically resonant enough to envision listeners being drawn in even if they don't know the language.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Their switchblade-sharp vision incorporates acute observational powers about the human condition and savvy compositional skills that come together in songs that are piercingly honest, funny and sometimes both.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Suburbs is an accomplished love letter that radiates affection as much as bitterness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album hits hardest by embodying the process by which certain voices are bottled up and distorted within the global noise of what M.I.A. calls "Third World Democracy."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The double in the room on Let England Shake is the whole modern world. PJ Harvey has given us a righteous scare.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Murphy succeeds by stretching in two directions — finding a new musical center, and showing his humanity beyond the laughs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a portrait of an English radical at 62, but it's personal and emotional and neither strident nor stodgy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Vernon on Bon Iver solidifies his place not as innovator, but as someone who's found a nice, fertile plot of land somewhere near where folk, rock, R&B and indie rock intersect, and is happy to wander across its great expanse honoring all of it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The artist has presented an utterly human, mostly nonverbal defense of his aesthetic: atmospheric, occasionally funky and meandering instrumental electronic tones, lovingly crafted, with imaginative internal logics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the album is daunting to absorb at a sprawling 77 minutes, the results are well worth it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Estudando"... turns mere ideological target practice into surreal and kaleidoscopic musical theater. [9 Apr 2006]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With Once I Was An Eagle, she's finally made a record that matches the magnitude of her vision, and puts her well ahead of almost any twentysomething singer-songwriter peer working today.
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dismissing it as overly familiar obscures the point. Saadiq is a classicist of the best kind - one who not only carries on tradition but expands it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is one of the best of his career.