Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,224 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 Horehound
Lowest review score: 25 Uncanney Valley
Score distribution:
1,224 music reviews
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Believe it or not, though, they've got the right stuff.