Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,456 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 St. Elsewhere
Lowest review score: 25 Fan of a Fan: The Album
Score distribution:
1456 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result is a collection of demanding, disquieting and beautiful urban hymns that reveal their rewards on repeated listenings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    She's a mediocre singer with a very interesting voice, a fan of classic handmade pop and the ways laptops can serrate it, and a writer obsessed with sex and with sexing up obsession.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result is a sprawling, 75-minute immersion in the dynamic between Patterson Hood's Neil Young/Tom Petty-influenced folk and rock and Steve Cooley's mix of Rolling Stones, stone country and Band-flavored folk-rock.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The problem is that too many of these songs just don't swing - they happen and then they're done, but they don't stick in the head.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is adult contemporary music that's enough fun for the kids and true-blue country without any trace of flag-waving or bigotry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The duo lends each other gravitas and levity on this very curious but ultimately immersive LP.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At 66, Burke might have lost some vocal force and fullness, but his singing is agile, elastic and, most important, packed with sorrow and humor that pull you in no matter what the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This successor represents a further evolution of her talent as both creator and interpreter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing ever quite feels certain on Star Wars, an album in which one of pop-culture’s most recognizable phrases--and a 20-year-old band--is flipped into something wholly unpredictable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At his best he spins these tales with a mix of literary craft and jazzman's cool, animating his narratives with vivid and colorful language. [5 Mar 2006]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Following a pair of brilliant EPs, Shabazz attacks with Black Up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Frequently mining a trebly, contemplative territory, the album can initially feel somewhat monochromatic, but unexpected pleasures lie below the surface.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Any TVOTR fans hoping for a return to the band's heavier early days might have trouble with Nine Types of Light, an album full of such a brilliant clarity that the title could be referencing its track listing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This Is Country Music still has a lot of what keeps Paisley at the head of the contemporary country class, but with several of the 15 songs merely competent, it could have been 30% stronger with a 30% edit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If the force-of-nature power of his prime is often missing, in its place is an undeniable resolve and faith in his mission. [25 Jun 2006]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Crack the Skye is Mastodon's most involved album to date, relying on hyper-intricate guitar arrangements and production nuance in service of its freaky inter-dimensional mythology.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The album's impenetrable surfaces grow haunting after numerous listens: Stetson may never garner mainstream recognition like his Arcade Fire pals, but he proves undeniably compelling in his uncompromising musicality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though long and featuring a bounty of ideas, The Electric Lady is surprisingly slight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Homme is one of the few singers and lyricists today who know that rock 'n' roll is built on a mix of menace and dark humor, and almost every track on ...Like Clockwork has a moment that makes you want to drive to Joshua Tree, pound some beers and start fires in the shape of pentagrams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] lovely but searing new album that weaves 2016 racial, sexual and political tension into an album of immaculate, Prince-inspired funk and R&B.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A ten song rock record that draws on Segall’s strength as a catchy songwriter and riff manipulator.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Produced with his usual team of Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker and David Boucher, it’s a masterful collection so rich with sonic detail that you almost hope he never gets around to making “The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 4.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite its undercurrent of outrage, Branches--which expands Pedro's folksy sound with creamy keyboards, processed drum beats and the occasional spritz of glam-rock guitar.
    • 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]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Though America is an explosive document, half the time it's a lot of smoke and bang, and it treads on territory that others have explored more thoughtfully.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If "Nightmare" misses some of the poetry and exhilaration of "Whatever," it has something more important: authenticity and integrity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hamilton neither chases trends nor makes fetish of retro sounds and influences. Instead, he finds powerful common ground between vintage influences and modern production.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The album washes near the end with a series of spacey slow jams, but then Bilal clears away the atmospheric clutter for "Butterfly," a stark ballad built around his soaring falsetto and rippling piano by recent Grammy winner Robert Glasper.