Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 1,588 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Yours, Mine & Ours
Lowest review score: 10 Sound-Dust
Score distribution:
1,588 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Researching the Blues is masterfully produced and keenly performed. [No.90, p.60]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album refines rather than revamps the Decemberists' approach; it's the brightest panel of a triptych, not a new exhibit. [#67, p.95]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Abandon is a baseline, with Chardiet demonstrating a solid understanding of the fundamentals. [No.99, p.59]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arthur is still writing seamlessly melodic, slightly psychedelic tunes, often thickened with atmospheric reverb or distant electronics. [#73, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though at times exquisite, the slow-burn even instrumental keel is, ironically, the most jarring aspect of Push The Sky Away. [No. 96, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [The] sly, artful brilliance should come as no real surprise. [No. 100, p.57]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where Black Up provided catchy hooks to draw you in deeper, Lese Majesty is nowhere near as fun or--despite pushing the aural envelope--interesting. [No. 111, p.61]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Moms never reaches the earwormy heights that it leads off with, there's still a bunch of choice moments [throughout the album]. [No.91 p. 56]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band rarely strays from the album versions of songs (sometimes to a frustrating degree; would it have killed B&S to record a version of 'Sleep The Clock Around' without the annoyingly long fade-in?), but such faithful rendering doesn’t make the material predictable; rather, it shows the band at the top of its delicate game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monomania is stacked with track-to-track unshakable, albeit twisted, pop melodies and an atmosphere of unrest that will stick with you between repeated listens. [No.99, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Long Goodbye is no cutesy, navel-gazing crap; it's the neglected pop practice of C-A-R-E and reverence of form and forefathers. [#59, p.93]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apocrypha feels of a piece with Eggs, though without as many layers or as heightened a sense of playfulness. [#75, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the lyrics are so biting they practically melt through the speakers... [#50, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Simplicity never sounded so sinister. [#49, p.78]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Golightly's voice has the ability to inhabit a variety of characters in conversational styles, and her versatile guitar playing makes the songs come alive. [No. 107, p.57]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The expansive instruments on this double LP lure you into a more relaxed aquatic experience. [No. 113, p.53]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Damaged excels in what Lambchop does best, which is to gather up a dozen-plus musicians and get them to play as little as possible. [#73, p.98]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most mature and cohesive set of songs in Ward's catalog. [#73, p.109]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His guitar solos are more electrified than usual, and they sound like burning juke-joint riffs... a true American original. [No. 82, p. 53]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a beautiful behemoth. [No. 112, p.56]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Branan oozes country cred. [No. 113, p.53]
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    • 81 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a step forward for sure, though at times it reinforces the cloying feeling that the need to complicate rather than simplify makes for overwrought music. But you can’t blame a band for being thoughtful or for playing like something is at stake.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Snaith lets his wanderlust steer, and the album is better for it. [#68, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the songs deal with romance in its more dysfunctional guises, but Feist's comforting vocals keep things from getting too forlorn. [#81, p. 54]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the face of today's painfully formulaic R&B/hip hop, they come off as the most soulful act on the planet. [#51, p.123]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a Wonderful Life raises the bar already set high by fellow post-modern woodsmen types like Grandaddy and Mercury Rev. [#51, p.116]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Casts Yoshimi as a manic priestess espousing the various virtues of the universal religion of rhythm. [#69, p.105]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Downright pretty. [No.88 p.57]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best moments are soft and strange. "The Corner" is a fabulous piece of folk understatement and emotional ambiguity, while the brilliant "Freefall" showcases Branan's willingness to stretch his voice to odd, ugly places in the service of transcendence. [No.88 p.53]
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