Mojo's Scores

  • Music
For 6,193 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Love Is Hell, Part 2 [EP]
Lowest review score: 10 Milk Cow Blues
Score distribution:
6193 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
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    While the comparisons to Springsteen's Nebraska and Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator) are obvious, they don't do justice to Jurado's wholly original craft. [Jun 2003, p.98]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    A record of startling breadth. [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Represents an ultramodern rock masterpiece, low-key yet ominous, offering new yet comforting ways of singing familiar tunes. [Jul 2003, p.98]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    In a way, Trampin' is to this decade what Horses was to the '70s: a repudiation of its time, and the promise of a way forward. [Apr 2004, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    The bluegrass scene is now offically in touch with its feminine side. [Sep 2001, p.96]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Crafting a sound that incorporates stinky Funkadelic psych with Prince harmonics and Rick James' pimp disco, this is hip hop with the power to convert even the most reactionary nonbelievers. [Jan 2001, p.107]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    All in all, it's pretty much perfect. [Jul 2003, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    No self-indulgence, no grandstanding, just excellent. [Mar 2004, p.100]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    Some of the best songs he's written since Heartbreaker. [Jan 2004, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Seductive, stirring songs about crushed hope and the corruption of beauty and some of their most ambitious arrangements make this their most fully-realised and accomplished album yet. [Mar 2003, p.98]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    Less exotic perhaps than the West Coast, Brazilian, German and Franco-Italian musical forays of the past, but even more remarkably musical, intriguingly textured and affecting. [Nov 2003, p.130]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    SFA's first truly flawless album.... Sad, lush, romantic, beautiful, heartbroken, crazy, this is an album powerful enough to make you shout out loud in public or cry alone at night. [Aug 2001, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    It is all heart, it is truth and it is beautiful. [Jun 2003, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Is not only utterly delectable but manages to find genuinely new ways to shape heartbreak. [Dec 2002, p.114]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    The Roots have created another masterpiece. [Jan 2003, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Incredibly, No More Shall We Part is as urgent and vital as Cave has ever been.... Raging and delicate, complex as faith and simple as a goodnight kiss, it is an incredible summation of a singular career.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It's among the best albums ever made. [Nov 2002, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    There's much to digest here but absolutely no filler--each song is a priceless gem. [Jan 2004, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Some of the songwriting is exceptional. [Dec 2003, p.114]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    The cleaning up, editing and resequencing has brought out a warmth and depth of colour we've not heard before and allows the album to stand up to scrutiny next to modern records that aim for this kind of down-homeness and simplicity. [Dec 2003, p.134]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    A masterpiece, exactly the sort of record that your average sentient pop genius should make in 2002. [May 2002, p.99]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    A masterpiece. [May 2004, p.103]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    The scope and breadth is startling. [Oct 2004, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    What Dizzee Rascal has done with this record is find his own - profoundly satisfying - balance between grime's digital vortex of ringtones and car alarms and an older more contemplative electronic tradition. [Oct 2004, p.104]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    A magnificent record. [Jan 2004, p.104]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Songs terrific, band sensational, and -- big plus -- Costello's voice late-developing way beyond that pinched whine into an instrument of substance and character. [Oct 2004, p.97]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    This is a profoundly good record. [Nov 2001, p.102]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    Lynn's voice... is as strong as it was during her heyday, while her songwriting ability has only increased with age. [Jun 2004, p.98]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Brilliantly original. [Aug 2003, p.106]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    It sears through the essence of what makes this band special, the brave voice and ebullient delivery of singer-songwriter-guitarist James Mercer. [Apr 2004, p.98]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    Whether you consider London Calling to be the last great rock album of the '70s or the first great rock album of the '80s, the extent to which it fully merits its cultural and aesthetic status is utterly beyond question. [Oct 2004, p.123]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    This is tough, honest, uncompromising beauty and the next great voice in music. [Apr 2005, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    [An] alarming intimacy is the bedrock of Devils & Dust. [Jun 2005, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A musical odyssey across a real and imagined landscape of mountains and cities, dreams and memories. [May 2005, p.95]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    [They] have made an evolutionary leap in rock. [Jun 2005, p.108]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    The Magic Numbers have made one of the records--perhaps the record--that 2005 is destined to be remembered for. [Jul 2005, p.110]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Throws out the genre manual and leaves every cell, body and soul, buzzing. [Dec 2005, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    With Z, My Morning Jacket have left their comfort zone, assumed the mantle of firebrands, and delivered a truly momentous work. [Oct 2005, p.96]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Kate Bush is the greatest living British artist in song and this is her masterpiece. [Dec 2005, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    It's remarkable how organic and right (as opposed to gimmicky) the church voices sound on these 14 melodic folk, spare soul and various-tempo blues songs. [Apr 2006, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    [It] was mind-bending in its day and remains so now. [May 2006, p.122]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    It's a set packed with ideas and enthusiasm. [May 2006, p.105]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Stimulating, entertaining and moving. You'll listen to it more than you have Anthology, I promise. [Dec 2006, p.100]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Astounding... More even than his Exile On Main St., this is Tom Waits' Basement Tapes. [Dec 2006, p.104]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    As intimate and unforced an album as I've ever heard. [Nov 2006, p.104]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    The immediately obvious aspect of Magic is there hasn't been such a musically dramatic Springsteen album since "Born In The USA;" and like that album, this is a State of the Union address disguised as a pop record. [Nov 2007, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Joni Mitchell delivers a counter-intuitive, brilliant artistic response. [Oct 2007, p.90]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    An album of great emotional depth and uninhibited artistry. [Nov 2007, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    The most remarkable collaboration since Norah Jones and the Foo Fighters is also one of the best albums of the year. [Nov 2007, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Isolation doesn't get more splendid than this. [June 2008, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Smilers is a masterpiece from a songwriter who's quietly chronicling the blanched last days of a sunshine empire. [July 2008, p.112]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    The sense of wonder in Fleet Foxes' songs is matched only by the discipline and talent that created this adventurous, evocative record. One which is already shaping up as an album of the year. [July 2008, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is a record of grand hopes and epic imagery, and powerful, uplifting music--the most accomplished of his 20-year career. [Apr 2009, p.102]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    Apart from the comprehensive compilation aspect and the rich live presence, this double CD also pauses to capture the remarkable way he welcomes 20,000 people to his fireside. [May 2009, p.98]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    The sound is excellent, especially considering the age and the state of technology of some of the recordings. The songs, too, are invariably excellent. [Jul 2009, p.111]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    This 4-CD box is the monument to both the cult and the art. And it's great. [Oct 2009, p.117]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    The two CDs move forward with an eerie dread and romantic wonder; violin, piano, bass, celeste, cello creating an alternate wordless narrative to normal Cave blather. [Oct 2009, p.115]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    The songs, six previously unreleased, range from good to outstanding, the sound quality as clear and natural as if he were singing in the next room. [Oct 2009, p.115]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Have One on Me is a very mature work indeed, even its resonant, discursive themes are underpinned by Newsom's usual playfulness. [Apr 2010, p.90]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Brooklyn duo deliver shock psychedelic masterpiece. [May 2010, p. 96]
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    • 94 Metascore
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    Ultimately, the official album remains the crucible of the artist who flourishes to this day. [Dec 2010, p.112]
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    • 94 Metascore
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    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is genuinely a great record. [Feb. 2011, p. 108]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    This album is destined to redraw the parameters, thanks to its sheer scale and detail, its recurring themes and imagery, and its creators' refusal to settle for less than they could achieve. [June 2011, p. 90]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Collected together the fear might have been that the sound would be found wanting. yet from 1996's Nenette Et Boni to 2009's White Material here is a sound always pulsing with the same intimate warmth of Denis' films. [May 2011, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Sparely and intuitively performed, it's simply excellent. [Aug. 2011, p. 94]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    Perhaps not as many musical genres are represented as might have been but it's still a good reminder of just how many styles Holly's music crossed and influenced, if not invented. [Aug. 2011, p. 99]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    Even though it'll never be fully completed, Smile is a welcome time capsule from an unrepeatable moment in popular culture. [Dec 2011, p.106]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Pageant has aged well, with the bonus disc of Athens Demos confirming that much of the album's brilliance is down to band and producer making the most of slum resources.[Aug. 2011, p. 113]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    It's never just meat and potatoes. It's more like eating bone marrow in a fashionable restaurant - earthy, carnivorous but still beautifully designed and knowingly conceptualized. [Jan 2012, p.88]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    Collective, improvisational, Krautrock gigantism for inner space odysseys.
    • 75 Metascore
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    [An] outstanding piece of work. [Feb 2012, p.92]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    While Blunderbuss appears to be definite off-loading of emotional baggage, it also feels like a move toward rebirth. [May 2012, p.80]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    A richer feast, from more humble ingredients, could scarcely be imagined. [May 2012, p.82]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Intense, painfully frank, hysterically funny,and in the end, exultant... OSIGTS isn't always an easy listen, but it does offer a fearless experience that invests pop with more theatricality than the form can usually tolerate. [Jul 2012, p.80]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    B-sides included here aren't without their charms but the album's genius clearly lay in distilling only the finest of Mould's new material into a powerful, singular statement. [Jul 2012, p.100]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Great songs and renewed relevance aside, Woody at 100's greatest bounty may still be Guthrie's own sketches and illustrations, beautifully reproduced in the book. [Oct 2012, p.101]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Blur 21's extraordinary warts'n'all scope makes its subject's odyssey momentous and tangible. [Aug 2012, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    His first LP of complete originals is a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perfectly crafted arrangements, from a man who's lived long enough in darkness to address the big, heavy questions with a lightness of touch. [Aug 2012, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Tempest is Dylan's best musical album of this century, a vibrant maximising of strict rules and the savaged-leather state of that voice. [Oct 2012, p.84]
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    • 98 Metascore
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    Blue Lines still goes above and beyond. [Dec 2012, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Life Is People is superb. [Sep 2012, p.84]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    If you're the kind of listener who has come to associate outtakes from classic albums with meagre, dryly forensic spoils, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised by Disc 3.... Rumours reminds us why we should continue to indulge them. [Mar 2013, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    New stuff for him every bit, from pain to process, and consequently unprecedented in his previous work is the sweet melancholy measure of his voice. His songwriting, too, emerges liberated, lyrics forged, melodies flowing. [Apr 2013, p.86]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    The dark matter of his fall that holds The Graceless Age together is formidable stuff. [Jun 2013, p.85]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    An album truly fit to do battle with the rock classics of any age. [Jul 2013, p.80]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    This box brims with supportive evidence [that they were "the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world."] [Oct 2013, p.103]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    The recovering dope fiend's songs cut even closer to the heart. [Aug 2013, p.104]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    There are many extras here to pique the completist's interest.... But the real punch rests in the unprecedented clarity of the remastered original tracks, and the audacious creativity and humour of the packaging. [Oct 2013, p.104]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Dream River may be Callahan's most beguiling album yet. [Oct 2013, p.89]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Most of us missed the party 42 years ago, but now it's boxed for our infinite pleasure. [Nov 2013, p.99]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    This album was Williams' breakthrough, with excellent songs.... A 20-track bonus CD offers a 14-song live set from that time and some very nice radio performances. [Mar 2014, p.105]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    It's reassuring that Beck Hansen can still pull an original record as substantive and absorbing as this one out of the hat. [Mar 2014, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    This is unashamedly traditional: committed, personal and really quite perfect. [May 2014, p.91]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Though true sub-notes of contemplation are hard to find in Noel’s initial tranche of songs, there’s vulnerability in his solo version of Half The World Away recorded live in a Tokyo hotel room on September 16, 1994, as Oasis madness spiralled in earnest. It’s this expanded edition’s one true unreleased gem. [Jun 2014, p.102]
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    This 1981 release was the middle and probably the greatest of Grace Jones's Compass Point trio. [Jun 2014, p.106]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Brace yourself. This album is more clinging than quicksand, it is uncompromising, transcendent voodoo. [Sep 2014, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
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    On this recording--as well as his body of work--Trane proved that music is the superior language. And that there is only one John Coltrane. [Oct 2014, p.100]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    You couldn't wish for a more fitting musical soundtrack to the rest of your 2014. [Nov 2014, p.96]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    The Basement Tapes ignored every record-producing rule while remaining true to the muse. [Dec 2014, p.109]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    By revealing a snapshot of the creative process part-way through, the working mix included on IV's companion CD only adds to tone's grasp of their artistic achievement. [Nov 2014, p.106]
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