Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 1,764 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% 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 Change Is Coming
Lowest review score: 10 A List of the Burning Mountains
Score distribution:
1,764 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The eight songs are all beautifully crafted, integrating elements of folk, blues and country/rock.... A new American classic. [No. 115, p.55]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bestial Burden works because of its methodical execution--a calculated piece of catharsis that towers over all other bedroom power electronics tape-peddlers. [No. 114, p.59]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The active present Human Voice takes advantage of each of Dntel's original promises. [No. 114, p.54]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On release, a collection of singles over the band's career, its stability takes these years-spanning pieces and forms them into coherence, it's also one of the year's best listens. [No. 115, p.55]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To hear them here, in nascent form, performed by a band that had only played 10 shows in its lifetime, is to hear the nervous current that flowed through Fugazi when it had everything yet to prove, and a lifetime of excellent work ahead of it. Highly recommended. [No. 116, p.56]
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A 65-track, six-CD boxed set featuring several mixes of 1969's studio album, live recordings from San Francisco's Matrix and a disc of VU's never-released fourth album.... This disc is worth the price of admission. [No. 116, p.51]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gentlemen could be the best album of the alternative era, and the new deluxe double-disc reissue loaded with demos, b-sides and rarities just confirms out opinion. [No. 116, p.53]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't a moment when Arthur Lee is anything less than Arthur Lee: brilliant, unpredictable and relentless in his drive to reinvent himself. [No. 116, p.59]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a candor here that hasn't always touched the Icelandic singer/composer's electro-dreamscape output. [No. 118, p.52]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A treasure trove of unheralded, largely unheard, completely unselfconscious pop music that bravely led post-punk out of the gloom and into its rose-colored romantic future. [No. 117, p.51]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The richest, smartest, warmest work they've ever done. [No. 117, p.61]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album with a lot of parts to fall in love with. [No. 117, p.58]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the first time since 2003 that Elverum fully succeeds in casting a meditative spell strong enough to suck everyone listing into its singular IRL riptide. [No. 117, p.57]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything Ever Written falls right in line with the great records the combo has produced 2002's The Remote Part. [No. 117, p.57]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On this enthralling sophomore effort, Spaltro continues to refine her skill set and approach without sacrificing any of her signature adventurousness or decidedly un-lamb-like power. [No. 118, p.59]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bid's disaffected-yet-engaging vocals and slice-of-life lyrics remain compelling as ever. [No. 118, p.59]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bona-fide masterpiece that Stevens' career has culminated in, and likely the one that will come to define his career. [No. 119, p.58]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole bloody history of England's greatest cult act unfolds, rendering obscurity ultimately noble and rewarding. [No. 118, p.61]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] lovingly curated set. [No. 119, p.57]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A full band plays behind Joyner's acoustic guitar and quiet vocals, but they employ the same restraint that marks his singing, making very quiet note resonate with low-key, understated emotion. [No. 119, p.57]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've managed to write one the hookiest, most satisfying albums of their career. [No. 119, p.53]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These new arrangements--mostly piano, trumpet, upright bass and pedal steel--lend the songs a deeper loneliness, a richer tragicomedy, as if they really belonged in a concert hall, and maybe they do. [No. 119, p.55]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz fully owns its style, quirks and neuroses on a level that would have been unimaginable circa 2013's Major Arcana. [No. 120, p.61]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole thing is ghoulishly gorgeous in the most comfortably comfortable way. [No. 121, p.60]
    • Magnet
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every track here honors the spirit behind her perfromance style first and foremost. [No. 121, p.51]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [An] awesome, never-sappy snapshot of two people who drive each other wild. [No. 121, p.59]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put them all together and you've got a drink that goes down hard, with a potent bittersweetness distilled by a master. [No. 122, p.60]
    • Magnet
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The long held notion of Stone and Co. as purveyors of funky pop (or poppy funk) touched by harmonic roar of choral vocals and the lyricism of sociopolitical consciousness is all here. [No. 122, p.61]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sword continually updates ridiculously classic rock tropes in the most wonderful ways. [No. 123, p.60]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Converts to the cause will find much to love here, and curious newcomers and Anglophiles, it's as good a place as any to start. [#82, p.58]
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