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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No One Is Lost features some of the band's richest melodies, not to mention some of its heaviest grooves. [No. 115, p.60]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Civil War uses familiar Matmos techniques to craft unfamiliar electronic music. [#61, p.103]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Merging synth orchestration and genuine strings ins't new, but [Marc] bianchi pushes the form toward and organic/technological inevitable. [#52, p.89]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What lends Bee its buzz--beyond the purring keyboards, the plump wah-wahs and sexy whistles--is its subtle edits: dreary snowdrifts in synthetic time that cautiously subvert the electro-charge like a savage nipple twist on the pale body of the vestal virgin that is Llama pop. [#48, p.93]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the most seriously depressed songs here have a lightness that's been missing in the past. [#60, p.111]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After delivering a classic, Superdrag has returned with something just shy of that, but considering the quality here, no one has any right to spew complaints. [#55, p.91]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think a minimalist A Tribe Called Quest. [#60, p.110]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Often, there's a subtle, troubled uncercurrent that pulls the cheer back when it threatens to turn saccharine. [#52, p.103]
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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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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole album rocks. [#53, p.74]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    O'Neill's voice is so perfectly suited to the material that you can hear single spour forth like rain. [#56, p.109]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautifully dark masterpiece. [#56, p.99]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More of the same, yes, but riding what sounds like an autumnal rebirth. [#58, p.86]
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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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The opposition between sonic abstraction and more familiar pop elements like beats, riffs and grooves creates a welcome tension. [#58, p.83]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Bunnymen haven't sounded this vital since 1987's "Lips Like Sugar," and some of Flowers' standout cuts rank among the band's best. [#50, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Inhabit[s] some weird middle ground between The Teaches of Peaches and Prince's 1999. [#58, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Continues to mine the same sparkling vein of crushed-velvet pop/punk Spoon has perfected as its stock in trade. [#49, p.91]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manages a graceful, humble, grounded timelessness without sacrificing the groove. [#58, p.82]
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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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exciting blend. [#59, p.103]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sounds like a war against music. [#60, p.97]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Gossip keeps getting better, stretching a little more. [#59, p.95]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Dilate, Bardo Pond does the trick by adding a bit of restraint and space to its familiar blend of Iommi-grade riffing, volume-induced overtones and Isobel SOllenberger's inimitably blasted moan. [#49, p.69]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His most emotionally expansive record. [#59, p.101]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another step in Hood's continually compelling sonic evolution. [#52, p.89]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can't take your ears off it. [#48, p.86]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's four-on-the-floor disco that thumps its way through this polyphonic orchestral funk like a bully. [#51, p.92]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at their most obvious, the Buzzcocks can smoke the young guns. [#58, p.83]
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