Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,258 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 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Lowest review score: 25 More
Score distribution:
1,258 music reviews
    • 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
    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
    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
    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.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Akinmusire generally resists the swaggering shows of force that can mark some young talents, but the record is loaded with strikingly expressive highlights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They've captured a sound as tangibly uplifting as pop music gets. The Mavericks are back and indeed, just in time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At times, Cee-Lo does show the value of holding on to some of his rap. But he is more distinctive and effective as a singer, which makes part of this long, 65-minute CD feel like wasted time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For those who like their pop delicate and unapologetically deep, this is one for turning up loud and wallowing.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An album with the simmering glow of a masterpiece.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For Simon, the divine isn't in the persistent hook of pop music but in the most far-reaching of global folk, where sounds, structures and techniques long ago abandoned can be employed in the service of something new and unknown.