Magnet's Scores

  • Music
For 2,252 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 Definitely Maybe [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 10 I Get Wet
Score distribution:
2252 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few fleeting moments of watery prog and lumpen rock, the album's 15 songs have a slow-growing charm and understated grace, something that gradually becomes powerful in its own right. [#60, p.102]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blood Oaths Of The New Blues has us realizing, possibly for the first time, what an amazing, enrapturing voice the dude has. [No. 95, p.61]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endlessly moody and surprisingly versatile, this record moves by its own secret logic. [No. 144, p.61]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfect finds a singular band doing its thing in the way that only it can. [No. 128, p.57]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bitter Honey hits like a series of heart punches, and the quality of the writing is such that it doesn't get old even after multiple back-to-back spins. [#71, p.87]
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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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although one of his most accessible, it's not constrained to formula. ... It was worth the wait. [No. 134, p.54]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no flashiness here, but a slow-burning passion makes this record smoke. [No.99, p.56]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only essential, Love And Distance is like nothing you've heard this year. [#64, p.95]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best album Fulks has ever made, period, and even if you can't quite make out the twister that swept away all that old anger, it's easy to hear the sweet, sad emptiness it left behind. [No. 102, p.56]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, visually and thematically, this double disc is grandiloquent, like the great progressive music statements of rock history. [No. 145, p.61]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The production has kept the focus exactly where it should be: on the longing of his voice... it's given him a deeper, haunting sense of quiet that strips these melodies to their essential, fragile beauty, delivered with joy, grace, and a wounded wisdom. [No.89 p.60]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enthralling music that embraces you like your mama never did. [#69, p.87]
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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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Criminal Heaven is an infectious, off-kilter, damn near perfect indie-pop album that manages to effortlessly cover a bizarrely large plot of musical territory. [#86]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album with a lot of rich, rewarding darkness in its grooves. [No. 113, p.57]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The treatments are smartly contemporary, balancing Amidon's clawhammer banjo with Frisell's echoing electric guitar, backed by jazz-inflected bass and drums. [No. 114, p.53]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wye Oak just turned in one of the year's most satisfying and seductive records. [No. 109, p.51]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This portable section of the Library of Congress plays as well as it reads. [No. 104, p.56]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wall of sound this band generates with distorted guitars, samples, industrial noise and live drums is overwhelming at times, but the message it conveys about race and class in America is an important one. [No. 143, p.53]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rare second album that matches a brilliant debut. [#54, p.76]
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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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the band's best.... While 1999's Ric Ocasek-produced Do The Collapse was criticized by some for its thick, pop-radio gloss, Isolation Drills shows more restraint, reconciling Pollard's idiosyncrasies with the track-to-track consistency great rock albums demand. [#49, p.75]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cement[s] the Truckers' status as one of the best rock 'n' roll bands going. [#71, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In plain but very powerful terms, it's one of the smartest albums ever released. [No. 111, p.61]
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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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White's aesthetic, as always, is grounded in the immediate and the visceral, and Lazaretto rocks. [No. 111, p.60]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kinsella's mastery of pop melodicism in the service of heartbreakingly beautiful and unvarnished sentiment is again on full and perfect display. [No. 134, p.59]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Set Free is no rehash, simply an album whose parameters are clearly defined in order that its interiors can be brought to life. [#69, p.86]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The success of the Amazing in general--and Ambulance by proxy--is the band's uncanny ability to touch on a wealth of styles without flying any specific philosophical flag, thereby remaining unique in tone and execution. [No. 134, p.53]
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