MTV.com's Scores

  • Music
For 75 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 XTRMNTR
Lowest review score: 20 Songs From an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 75
  2. Negative: 6 out of 75
75 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolutely amazing album....more riff-heavy and directly engaging than his former band's work...
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Word had already gotten out about this debut LP: that for its genre, it's as seminal as London Calling and as well rounded as Sign of the Times; it avoids the monotony and facelessness of 99% of house records; and it's as funky as anything out there, past or present. Guess what: it's all true.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Think of a universe far, far away, where Ministry, Raw Power-era Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, and Meat Beat Manifesto get together for a pissed-off, hyped-up jam. That's what XTRMNTR sounds like, and it's a downright amazing disc.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Björk's airy and exalted vocals are wonderfully familiar. She may be singing as Selma, but Björk herself isn't too far beneath the surface.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real piece of art, with an unmistakably original sound and incisive storytelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immaculately recorded and mixed, the set (all classics, from "Pearls Girl" and "Born Slippy" to "Juanita" and "King Of Snake") presents all of the improvisatory and visceral excitement of an Underworld gig without (as is the case with most live recordings) losing any of its sonic intensity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Think of this sultry record as the night to Odelay's day.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Platform is one of those timeless long-players, like Run-DMC's Raising Hell or EPMD's Strictly Business, where you'll want to commit every track to memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beaucoup Fish is 74 non-stop minutes-worth of next level disco inferno.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly an instant classic...one of the most convincing and refreshing debuts in recent memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow these fragments instantly assemble themselves into a gorgeous whole, and there's not a piece you could imagine replacing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enlisting a heavy-hitting cast of helpers -- from the best unknown drummer in the world (Carla Azar) to one of the most creatively pure producers around (T Bone Burnett) -- Arthur has transformed a dozen of his best compositions from the skeletal coffeehouse-ready material they surely were at conception into richly-textured and deeply emotive mood pieces.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolutely amazing mainstream pop album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Night could very well be Morphine's best work to date. Sandman and company finish the thoughts of 1997's Like Swimming by adding rich, subtle layers to their trio's thick sonic weave without diluting the band's strengths.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A far darker, more turbulent kinda bop.... party music for the dedicated headphone-bobber, barstool shaker, chillout room-gesturer, living room couch-dancer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trembling Blue Stars construct gorgeously depressed, evocatively gloomy songs that rival anything the Cure or Lou Reed came up with in their blackest moments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's most pure is Eminem's liberating fearlessness in taking hip-hop left turns and acting the fool. The best hip-hop stand-up comic since Biz Markie; all that and a bag o' chronic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quite a few steps away from the "typical" girl-with-guitar record, this is the album that reveals Marshall to be quite a unique force.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The trio have hit their stride with a pop confectioner's treat which melds P-Funk with Shirley Bassey, TSOP soul with Caribbean reggae, and Chic disco with Moby-esque blues riffing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Concise and compelling, Bootleg Detroit is a sonic snapshot of Morphine basking in its best virtues.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, funny and unabashedly feminine....a bouncy and infectious record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a well-thought-out, catchy, and complex body-rocker of a record from beginning to end, with only one or two minor missteps.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, as with OK Computer, stark minimalism marks this effort, and the carefully plotted layers of instruments and machine-generated blips only add to the feeling of emotional emptiness. Seemingly stripped bare of all adornment, however, the new album beats with a loud, persistent, sometimes unsteady heartbeat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oops!... I Did It Again proves beyond a doubt that Britney Spears is The One.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a heavier emphasis on funky bottom end and infectious loops, it could be said that Disco is a much more dancefloor-oriented record, and, to that end, it may very well be. However, resting atop these funky beats is some refreshingly insightful lyricism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thickly constructed, melodically rich, and thoroughly well-conceived, Barlow and fellow Implosionist John Davis have concocted a true '90s guitar pop album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But unlike the band's overbearing forays into trip-hop and dub before, a new level of soul and texture emerge from Saint Etienne's neo-modernist stylings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Faith and Courage shows a songwriter still in command of her talents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, nearly every track is a Jeep-worthy jam, and, yes, guest vocals from the likes of Redman, Chaka Khan, Busta Rhymes, and the Beastie Boys introduce unprecedented name-recognition, but this isn't a pop album by any stretch of the imagination.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than justifies the hype.