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 The Promise
Lowest review score: 25 The Endless River
Score distribution:
1,293 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's not a cut here that will make anyone think differently about the Baltimore-born outfit but it's a worthy addition to their catalog.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What could have been a random collection of odds and ends--or worse, a nostalgia grab--isn't so much a look at Wilco's alternate-history past as it is a glimpse at ground the band still has to cover.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a lot for anyone to get their hands around, but Cash grips tightly to the aspects of loss she has been able to process, even if the enormity of that task escapes her grasp at times. [21 Jan 2006]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though a showcase for history, Lovano and his band expertly show the many ways these classics can still throw sparks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Yeezus is minimal but powerful, a record filled with more aural space than anything on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” his excellent 2010 album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Too little progress and too much mood. [4 Sep 2005]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bombino and his band have released a killer document not only for fans of North African guitar music; anyone who has ever appreciated a master player make magic on a Fender while a band, which on Nomad is augmented by a few Auerbach’s go-to session men, organizes structures behind him, will find comfort in Bombino’s music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much of the album was reportedly written in the throes of deep depression over the death of Case's grandmother. But she came out the other side with a beautiful, insightful record to show for it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As usual with the ever-insightful Alvin, the specifics of his raw material are the means to broader truths rather than an end in themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A few private recordings have surfaced from the early 1960s, but none capture her essence like 1966.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Two young dudes couldn't make a synth-pop record so polished and seamless, one with a maturity matched only by the constant quest for surprise. Only the Pet Shop Boys can do that, as evidenced by Electric.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A brave, surprising third effort that's both challenging and confident, catchy but progressive, expertly imagined and executed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sometimes, a CD scratches an itch you didn't even know you had, and El Camino is that record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Bad Plus mostly set aside improvisation in an effort to capture Stravinsky's modernist vision, but in some ways it's never sounded freer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Tha Carter III will have you believing in Wayne's greatness but wondering why, as often as not, he just isn't very good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    "Wake Up the Nation," if anything, is at times too manically experimental.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    UGK 4 Life is the rare swan song that manages to be essential for the music alone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a lively, beautifully individualized collection of observations about the perplexing journey that is life on Earth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Yet if Todd makes it easy to poke fun at her earnestness, she also makes music that's hard to resist: Layering airy but precise vocal melodies atop hushed, largely acoustic arrangements, the singer offers up a crystal-clear distillation of the vintage Laurel Canyon sound currently in vogue among Todd's feather-and-denim cohorts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether the specifics involve being needed or wanting to fly away, lusting for someone or letting go, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh" is a velvety, but still appealingly odd, exploration that feels more like a casual counterweight than a heady sequel.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Game Theory" helps rescue a remarkably anemic hip-hop summer. [20 Aug 2006]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The record underscores his real strength, as a musical storyteller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Blunderbuss" is, quite simply, a marvelous rock album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The music reinforces Wolf Parade's edge-of-desperation outlook by refusing to offer the comfort of conventional pop music's reassuring repetition. Even if some choruses recur during a song, the music behind them is never the same as the last time around. [23 Oct 2005]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As freaky as the production gets, Little Big Town’s crystalline vocals (and sturdy structures by Nashville’s craftiest songwriters) keep the music approachable, even tidy; it’s always heading toward a catchy chorus.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Beasties' irreverence is what made them stand out in the first place; that their willful chaos continues to charm and mutate so many years on is the big surprise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Taken in its full, cumulative glory, Skying ultimately dazzles, musically varied but singular in its ambition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cave's skill at crafting work drenched with the blood and tears of human flaws remains unparalleled, and makes Grinderman 2 an essential rock and roll document.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result is a collection of demanding, disquieting and beautiful urban hymns that reveal their rewards on repeated listenings.