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 Golden Greats
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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than justifies the hype.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautifully seamless ambient work full of lullabies and dreamscapes?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, LL goes deep and scores with his most consistent, diverse, adventurous, dome blowing/SUV-bumping set of tunes since the Mama Said album...
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith retains the Lennon-esque simplicity and quirky lyrical phrasing that earned him critical praise in the past even as he digs deeper into his psyche and attempts to work through an off-kilter world.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oops!... I Did It Again proves beyond a doubt that Britney Spears is The One.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remarkably mature and absorbing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So ... How's Your Girl? ... mental infomercial, fashion Trojan horse, soundtrack to a movie we may never see, sheer genius ... uh huh, it's all that and so much more. Handsome Boy Modeling School is your ticket to a better quality of life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Despite all this experimentation, Blur still sneaks in perfect pop nuggets such as "Coffee & TV," where cheery harmonies share space with a squealing guitar.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trickle sounds-feels-smells like both artistic breakthrough and new millennial trip-hop watershed.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jakob Dylan and his team have fashioned an album that's longer on big guitars, crunchy grooves and cool changes than overt confessionals. All told, Breach is a subtle, seamless effort with nary a lull or misstep -- in contrast to its multiplatinum predecessor, the second half of which suffered from a series of pedestrian songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The seamless integration of acoustic strumming, post-collegiate lyrical references, crystalline ambiance and overall etherealness of the entire album make With Ghost an album that certainly stands on its own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Januaries is a most promising first effort.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like any good party, it's the music and the guests that make Bridging the Gap so memorable.... Each track is so strong and willfully catchy that you may forget who's driving the soul train.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Concise and compelling, Bootleg Detroit is a sonic snapshot of Morphine basking in its best virtues.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The collection of songs on Horrorscope is a rollicking batch of hooky tunes
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Toward the end of Man or Astro-Man?'s A Spectrum of Infinite Scale there is a track called "A Simple Text File" which is nothing more than a recording of a dot matrix printer producing a hard copy of... a simple text file!... If only the rest of the album were this intensely cool.... Every great leap forward on Spectrum is accompanied by an equal and negative small step backwards...
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gone is the sweeping piano and oozing horns of previous albums. Gone too is the pop sensibility that permeated Dusk, Mind Bomb, Soul Mining, and others. Matt Johnson has never been a pop artist, but he can craft amazing melodies. However, Johnson has hit a new level of menace here, like he's become a subterranean dweller since 1993. It's musically more free form and grittier. This takes some adjustment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Very unique and very, very good....the songs on Righteous Love are brimming with the sorts of influences that you don't hear too much on the radio today: gender-bending atmospherics... Sly Stone/bar-rock amalgams... Dylan's recent haziness...
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's clear that Air didn't spend a whole lot of time on these tracks, since most of the music here revolves around a couple of musical motifs and none are as densely complex as their previous work. However, this reductionist approach serves its purpose and, although conceptually a far cry from Moon Safari -- for obvious reasons -- The Virgin Suicides nonetheless fits well within Air's modus operandi.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Probably the last good album we can realistically expect from Pearl Jam.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That's right, we're talking stadium rock.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The slick strings and piano emphasized later in the album aren't as moving as the cascading guitar and Enigk's vulnerable-boy vanity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At their worst, Deftones can sound almost like a parody of themselves. But at their best, the band fashions a heavy, claustrophobic atmosphere in which Moreno spins his dark, personal tales of misery and heartbreak against a backdrop of music that careens from the ugly to the beautiful. Most of the time, White Pony finds Deftones at their best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the music is broader in scope than before, Konietezko has given no ground to his choice of lyrics.