Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 2,230 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% 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 Change Is Coming
Lowest review score: 10 A List of the Burning Mountains
Score distribution:
2230 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a furious, loud, unbridled, relentless album. [No. 117, p.60]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Serious fans will appreciate the sessions recorded with John Peel for BBC Radio 1 and the highlights culled from a 1982 performance at Boston's Opera House. [No.89, p.56]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At 30 years of age, it's only better than it was... It gets zero help from unnecessary remixes and wee heft from an era-appropriate Madison Square Garden concert recording. [No. 143, p.58]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's towering tuneful stuff. [No. 126, p.54]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hunt manages to turn in his most intense and provocative album yet, a stunning mix of prog, punk and soul that can challenge even the most jaded listener. [#81, p. 57]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Touchstones like "No Depression" and "John Hardy," Farrar shows flair and dynamic skill, while Tweedy works the band's rocking formula on "Train" and guilelessly narrates small town life with "Screen Door." [No. 106, p.51]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album proper already excellently spoke for itself 20 years ago. [No. 103, p.51]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's neither better nor worse than any other Clientele album, but it's an excellent primer. The real treat for fans, though, come sin the deluxe edition which includes a 10-track "lost album" from 1994, The Sound Of Young Basingstoke. [No. 125, p.53]]
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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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Diehards may crab about these more experimental sounds, but it's hard to find fault with the James gang for not only climbing out of its rut, but also leaving it far behind. [#69, p.104]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Rounds, Hebden has found the secret meeting place for man and machine; he uses his cunning to exploit it and all of its startling possibilities. [#59, p.94]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The songs contained within make fellow travelers such as Dr. John or Tom Waits sound like eunuchs. Marvelous stuff. [No. 116, p.55]
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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There was more to the melody of Unwound than just a few simple, catchy primitive riffs. [No. 107, p.61]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the more important metal releases of 2017. [No. 146, p.59]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The playing is imaginative, the ideas vibrant and shimmering and the band's considerable melodic gifts sabotaged by either willfully obtuse compositional tricks or outright punk bratiness. [#55, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are the quiet, beautiful songs that made Belle & Sebastian seem so monumental for a short time. [#68, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is 46 tracks of certifiably bonkers brilliance. [No. 111, p.55]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On his own throughout this compilation, he sounds like a ghost haunting the dream house of his youth. Simply gorgeous. [No. 105, p.61]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A monumental record from a towering talent. [#59, p.103]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A better record than the Shins' first--a sonically bolder production with fewer effects and more hooks per square inch than a flyrod factory. [#61, p.109]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brave, provocative and thoughtful addition to the Tuckers' canon. [No. 136, p.51]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoughtful pop aesthetic that few others even shoot for. [No. 101, p.55]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Radiohead's deepest, darkest pool of devotion and doubt in a career marked by almost nothing but. [No. 133, p.51]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The anthology does yield insights, especially where Mar is concerned. [#82, p.51]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's bolder, more focused and just all-around more rocking [than 2008's Party Intellectuals]. [No.98, p.59]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Less, in this case, proves to be much more; Jurado's songs just cut closer when unadorned. [#58, p.95]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While every cut is identifiably Spoon and the album will satisfy hard-line fans of the band, a fiery R&B element is now a significant component. [#55, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's aren't a whole lot of songs here that really stand out on their own.... But the members of Tam Impala possess such boundless energy and obvious, puppy-like enthusiasm that it would be downright churlish to dismiss them. [No. 92, p.81]
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