Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 1,678 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Alternative To Love
Lowest review score: 10 I Get Wet
Score distribution:
1,678 music reviews
    • 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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    • 83 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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    • 79 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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    • 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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A series of genre-bending compositions written with New York chamber-music ensemble yMusic that puts [Worden's] full vocal range of on display... a really powerful synergy. [#82, p.59]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It All Starts With One's songs all deal with love's discontents, and their desperate beauty should make a hit with those who like to wallow in desperation and unhappiness. [No.87, p.52]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    These tunes feel huge, enhanced by a newfound confidence, choirs literal and adhoc, and the snap-bracelet rhyme schemes of pal Aesop Rock. [No. 82, p.54]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a wonderful-sounding record, too, lushly textured... and one that demands to be played at full volume. [No.85 p.61]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Guitars meander before slicing, the rhythm section is taut, and Gedge hits all of his favorite topics-love, lust and spite-often in the same three or four minutes. Gedge may never get this relationship stuff figured out, but at least the rest of us benefit. [No.85, p.60]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    [Rossen] passes on Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles' carefully manicured sprawl in favor of focus and immediacy. [No.86, p.57]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The heady combination of orchestral maneuvers, spiritual posturing and drone-imbued psychedelia make this a seductive listening experience. [No. 85, p.56]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An even more esoteric, and yet - oddly enough - more accessible record than her debut. [No.87, p. 51]
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