Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,319 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:
1,319 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album is a bit daunting and demanding. But it's also compelling and rewarding. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wilson delivers a knockout as she serves up enough of the rowdy tunes to keep the jukebox pumping most of the night — most powered by a lively mix of ringing guitars, spunky fiddles and powerful backbeat. [25 Sep 2005]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultraviolet is brimming with the artist's down-to-earth candidness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    All I Ever Wanted is a masterful rapprochement with the mainstream, full of cheerfully ear-snagging tunes, inventive production, exhilarating vocals and enough inherent Kelly-ness to put aside fears that her label bosses implanted blond electrodes in her brain to make her behave.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The real story here is Twista's rapping. [9 Oct 2005]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This suggests that a full focus on inventive musical theater may be where his talents will flourish. [19 Mar 2006]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    He filches from a variety of genres--Brazilian Tropicalia, glam rock, lounge jazz, Zeppelin-like psychedelia--but it never sounds awkward. He loosens the stitches on each to fashion his own unique costume.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "ADP" is often fun but sometimes overwrought, and non-fans may find it too much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As a result, Holy Ghost! has created a classic pop album, albeit one dressed for dancing in hipster finery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In its 12 tracks, M.I.A. explores both what it means to serve as a sexual/romantic ideal in the Beyonce way, and what happens when a self-consciously political artist like herself confronts the sentimental streak deep within.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By sticking to a single subject, "Stone Love" lacks the range and ambition of her splendid "Mahogany Soul" album in 2001, but it is still a joy. [11 Jul 2004]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It might be the year's most beautifully sung recording.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's an unusually rich, solidly traditional country record with 17 songs, all written by Jackson, a first in his 18-year recording career.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even Trail of Dead's slightest moments speak with the purpose and ambition of genuine rock 'n' roll intellect and desire. [6 Feb 2005]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Heartbeat Radio is Lerche's most eclectic outing yet, with no overarching concept beyond a consistent level of excellence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Xscape offers a chance to once again be whisked back to his creative prime and recall the man before his flaws felled him, when he was untouchable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cassie Ramone sounds like a more confident guitarist, stretching out her leads, while the bass lines of Kickball Katy bubble out front to carry the melodies. And once again those melancholy harmonies are to die for, as Ramone chips off pieces of her heart in lamenting the boy who got away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Crow" is a striking redefinition, an album that roars and twitches with the raw, aggressive, fury of urgent rock activism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Charming, unpretentious and effortless, the singer presides over a party whose pace never flags and whose soul is fun-loving and wholesome. [22 Aug 2004]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A bold, essential chapter in this young man's inspired body of work.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A bluesy, psychedelic witches' brew that feels like one long, complex incantation to keep us safe, to make us see there is indeed some kinda way out of here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    She's been de-emphasizing hysterics for a while now, and here she mostly sings prettily, but still powerfully. [6 Mar 2005]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A sound as sharp and renewable as anyone's in pop history.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For an act founded in anonymity and reserve, it turns out the Weeknd's most convincing work of art is Tesfaye's own rollout as a star and storyteller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Love 2 is not a make-out album in the traditional sense. It's about the love of silence, stillness, of being a conscious human being and watching the world float by.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    9
    There are not as many revelations as on Rice's acclaimed 2002 debut, "O," but it still can be sonically thrilling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It works equally as a setting for his quieter moments (the tropical "Caipirinha") and for the melodic vocal rages that defined Faith No More's hits. [4 Jun 2006]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While some recent Korn records sometimes got lost in the sludge, "Twisted Transistor" and other new tracks reach back to find harsh, and intimate, hard-rock hooks. [6 Dec 2005]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though it tails off toward the end, the second Weezer-Rubin collaboration (and the band's third self-titled album, out June 3) is a rush, starting with a sustained, four-song soliloquy on pop music's allure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If Swoon isn't quite this year's "Tusk," the Silversun Pickups are exploring fresh territory of their own and keeping it easy to follow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not since "Mechanical Animals" (1998) has he stared within so unblinkingly; the focus pays off in conflicted, nuanced singing that makes some of his past rage sound rote.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is no instant hit of the "Living Dead Girl" variety, but across 11 songs, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" is Zombie's most consistently tuneful record to date, without sacrificing the noise and industrial beats of the past.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The R.E.D. Album orbits around contradictions like that. It might be the most compelling portrait of confusion we'll hear from a rapper this year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Thanks to Clarke's well-developed tune sense and his bandmates' primal need for speed, We'll Live and Die in These Towns doesn't sound the way life in a cubicle feels; if anything, it replicates the adrenaline rush of one of those YouTube videos in which a stir-crazy office worker decimates a copy machine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's Em's show, for sure, and being surrounded by a talented, fast-talking crew has made him even more engaging than he is on his own.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Marrying firebrand lyrics with massive, pedal-pushing guitar riffs, SSSC (it sounds like a union acronym, doesn't it?) revels in the kinds of big, earnest gestures that emblematized 1990s alternative rock.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "In My Mind" sometimes settles for the conventional, but overall this one is too hot to drop. [23 Jul 2006]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Believe it or not, though, they've got the right stuff.