Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 2,273 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Let The War Against Music Begin
Lowest review score: 10 Beyond Good & Evil
Score distribution:
2273 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Wasted Years finds Fish polishing his legacy with work resembling what Syd Barrett might've sounded like if his voice was closer to cross-tops than sugar cubes. Revisiting these years is the sound of some of our undergraduate degrees. [No. 148, p.57]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    File with the rest of your King Khan records under "readily accessible." [No. 148, p.59]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album's defiantly pop-punky first half touches on distance-challenged romance, self-care fails, siblinghood and her love/hate for the city of Perth--all with the characteristic witty, everygal charm. [No. 148, p.59]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hitchhiker is a perfectly wonderful solo-acoustic session recorded one day in 1976. .... This is a most welcome collection. [No. 148, p.61]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    [A] more muted follow-up [to 2014's The Way I'm Livin']. [No. 148, p.61]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no doubt who you're listening to when the calamitous chords and broken-phone vocals of "Factory" open the band's eighth full-length. [No. 148, p.61]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anyone who appreciated that combo's [OOIOO] giddy exuberance and arcane tunefulness will find plenty to like on this record's seven intricately arranged tracks. [No. 148, p.60]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Williams is competing with listeners' ingrained memories of these songs and thta can be a challenge. But the rock songs rock harder, the swampy blues groove more deeply, and the "He Never Got Enough Love" rewrite tells a better story. [No. 148, p.60]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Her soprano voice has held up pretty well, and her love for the natural and spirit world has only grown. But the production on I'm A Harmony by Wilco's Pat Sansone and composter Julia Holter combines '70s soft rock and '80s adult contemporary into a mix so vaporous it'll evaporate if you open the window. [No. 148, p.59]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Luciferian Towers is a muddled mess of underworked ideas strung together. [No. 148, p.57]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The results are about as bold and memorable as a spent glowstick. [No. 148, p.55]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Foo sextet has made its hardest, yet most curvaceous and warm-blooded record to date. [No. 148, p.54]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is they type of sublime, maximalist treasure that should kick positive inspiration downstairs into the emperor-in-his-birthday-suit, for-the-sake-of-it, substance-free charlatan safe room that the experimental/abstract realm of contemporary underground music can sometime seem like. [No. 148, p.55]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Continue to blame "hipsters" for cultural ruination but can't find any to shame because they stopped wearing white belts a long time ago. [No. 148, p.53]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Save for the grooving, frizzy "Dreams," the ambient alterna-pop/R&B of Colors is sleek, clean and clear. [No. 148, p.53]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not on par with the best from those two bands [The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers], American Fail is still potent. [No. 148, p.53]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still heavy as fuck, but it's also textural, emotional, diverse and defiant as fuck, too. [No. 148, p.52]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The lyrics are often stupid as hell. ... What's novel about Pacific Daydream is that its giant, overcompressed choruses really do burrow their way into your skull. [No. 148, p.51]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There have been many very good Jon Langford albums; this outlier is one of the best. [No, 147, p.54]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are tightly constructed, the recordings clean and largely devoid of production effects, allowing the melodies, all quite lovely to take center stage. [No. 147, p.61]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the remove of three decades, this album remains as fresh and unconventional as the day the songs were first committed to tape. [No. 147, p.60]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another fine showcase for her savvy and adventurous approach to both song selection and interpretation. [No. 147, p.59]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans and obsessive will love this, but it may not qualify as a return journey for the rest of us. [No. 147, p.55]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An emphasis on instrumentals is intriguing, but they're the pleasantries you'd fear. All are pretty in a disconnected, band-that-hasn't-released-new-music-in-13-years way. [No. 147, p.58]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Multi-instrumental wizards Kattner and Thorburn trade off on guitar and keyboards, with Plummer supplying the rhythmic anchor, to produce a spectral sound that complements their instrumental digressions and vocal anomalies. [No. 147, p.57]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    American Dream is, in purely sonic terms, their richest, most viscerally pleasurable record yet, rife with layered, polyrhythmic percussion and an encyclopedic array of synth textures. [No. 147, p.56]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The accomplishment is immaculate, but what's harder to sort out is where the real Kelley Stoltz stands. [No. 147, p.61]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 10 tunes evoke nothing but a good, unusually brisk-feeling and '70s-like Luna record. [No. 147, p.58]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Impossibly, Rosenberg's artistry still feels mysterious, unknowable, capable of surprise. [No. 147, p.57]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The single-minded pursuit of a sound that was fresh about the time that Melkbelly's members started kindergarten makes for an album that's competently executed but easy to forget. [No. 147, p.55]
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