Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 1,496 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sound of Water
Lowest review score: 10 Spreading Rumours
Score distribution:
1,496 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While no one track jumps out as a single, the entire album is something of a near cubist deconstruction of the band's sound. [No.88 p.60]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The dramatic new music made by Bobby Womack - a true survivor - is an important listening session for any serious music lover. [No.89, p.60]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although they rarely stray far from their now-familiarly icy aesthetic on Shrines, the decidedly captivating manner with which Purity ring navigates said aesthetic makes for one of the most exciting debuts in recent memory. [No.89, p.59]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Serves as an excellent introduction to the power and eclecticism of this veteran Balkan brass band. [No. 89, p.52]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Collaborations where the principals hail from different ends of the musical spectrum usually lack common ground, making their output little more than a curiosity. Thankfully, this a a problem Harmonic trounces with a big sonic shillelagh. [#88, p.58]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For those curious what the San Fran-tastic Four has left in the tank, here's what: false starts, faint praise, fart noises, mischievous grins, horns of plenty, golden deadpanning.... [No. 92, p.53]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A sameness of style makes things feel a little redundant, but taken in discreet portions, these tunes are unimpeachable. [No.92 p.55]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The band has simply folded its past into a bigger, richer whole. [No. 93, p.58]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Arriving ten years after her solo debut, Little Heater has managed to take the anachronistic qualities of Irwin's sound and imbue them with real relevance. [No.91 p.55]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Thanks in part to producer Henning Furst, she succeeds in generating a summer feel-good vibe so potent, it'll feel all the better come winter. [No.92, p.59]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album preserves--even perfects--the spirit of its delirious debut, while fashioning something even bigger: brighter, tighter, better, more. [No. 95, p.55]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    {Awayland} is far more confident than 2010's Becoming A Jackal, its vision more ambitious, its poetry more conflicted, its melodies more complex, its execution more polished. [No. 98, p.61]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The coarse sonic atmosphere remains, but in nearly every other respect, the evolution is substantial. [No.95, p.56]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new one is faster, hookier, cleaner. [No. 95, p.52]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This long-forgotten collection is a fine, representative memento of California country rock in its heyday. [No.95, p.53]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's a refreshing sense of directness in the sound of the music, which, for all its abundant, unabashed prettiness and orchestral elegance, maintains a stripped-down, unaffectedly human scope. [No. 96, p.59]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hi Beams has style to burn, colorful as a candy store and shiny as new-molded plastic. [No. 97, p.56]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shaking proves from the get-go to be easily the most ambitious and defiantly challenging release in either Dreijer sibling's catalog. [No. 97, p.57]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This half-hour slab of very high-energy punk would be cathartic if its root darkness weren't so persistently unsettling. [No. 98, p.60]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's great about English Little League very much preaches to the choir. But it's nevertheless clear this crew is ready to welcome some new converts once more. [No. 98, p.51]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All but gone is the glitzy, retro-leaning synthpop maximalism that dominated her first record, replaced here by a remarkably expansive sonic palette and a newfound poise that hardly falters from start to finish. [No. 98, p.57]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's pretty much instantly likable if you're not otherwise predisposed. [No. 98, p.58]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intensely personal and musically powerful, Griffin captures the bold spirit of her family's history with top-notch songs. [No.99, p.56]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's good to have these Michigan noisemakers back, in fine form. [No.99, p.61]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    R. Cole Furlow reliably packs every Dead Gaze song with pathos, effects, blurred motion and voices, man, voices. [No.99, p.54]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though it's easily the group's densest, most challenging release to date, Tomorrow's Harvest will likely gratify anyone willing to dig deep enough to reap its wonders. [No. 100, p.53]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The rhythm section is thoroughly strong, giving the band freedom to travel as far into the bleeps and bloops as it pleases, which is many miles. [No. 100, p.57]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For the most part, the band has deftly added its own experiences and experience to original template of its debut, and comes out gleaming in the other end. [No. 101, p.61]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoughtful pop aesthetic that few others even shoot for. [No. 101, p.55]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    His voice wafting in as it from across some great, wide divide, he drapes heavy-lidded seductions and portending cautionary tales over several decades of occultish folk, ritualistic rhythm and acoustic blues, from Bron-Y-Aur stomps to paralyzed lullabies. [No. 101, p.51]