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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolutely amazing album....more riff-heavy and directly engaging than his former band's work...
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beaucoup Fish is 74 non-stop minutes-worth of next level disco inferno.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Think of this sultry record as the night to Odelay's day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real piece of art, with an unmistakably original sound and incisive storytelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly an instant classic...one of the most convincing and refreshing debuts in recent memory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolutely amazing mainstream pop album.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album far better than the last. It's full of clever, upbeat songs and comes close to blending the lyrical and melodic brilliance of their first album, Gordon, with the energy of their live album, Rock Spectacle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, funny and unabashedly feminine....a bouncy and infectious record.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spare as the overall sound of the album is, the interplay between the rhythms, samples and voices is vibrant and eloquent...
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Movement in Still Life is a wildly effervescent, effortless sonic bouillabaisse that works dance, rock, hip-hop, pop, new age, trance, house, you-name-it simultaneously and makes it look easy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] tighter, indigo-deeper, more vision cohesive joint than its predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the better pop albums of 2000, a multi-faceted offering that resists easy labeling while extending the band's mighty grip on the popular imagination.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result (smells like the blues, bubbles like funk-rock, burns like hip-hop) is some strange new kinda rock 'n rhyme stew... Eat At Whitey's is like nothing else that's happenin' right now.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gone is the preciousness of Elastica. Instead we get a confident and comfortable Frischmann, her voice, ever cool, fronting a rejuvenated punk-loving band.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghosts & Flowers, like Sonic Youth's landmark Daydream Nation album, forces the listener to listen very carefully for subtle moments of beauty amidst the near silence and the absolute chaos.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the double album's first echoes of guitar and strings to its droning denouement, godspeed you black emperor! creates a musical soundscape that alternates between flashes of sonic brilliance and moments of quiet ecstasy.