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For 4,314 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Underside of Power
Lowest review score: 0 Fortune
Score distribution:
4314 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
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    Until The Quiet Comes is at once iridescent and ambiguous, luminous and impenetrable: an elegantly conceived and executed album which may well come to be seen as Flying Lotus' finest work to date.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A stunning debut then, and one that will make Fleet Foxes one of the most sought after bands of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
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    It all adds up to the sound of a band developing and maturing nicely, without ever losing sight of what made them so great in the first place.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Electric finds Pet Shop Boys more daring and accomplished than most pop stars half their age.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This may well be Holter’s most accessible album to date, but it’s this very approachability that renders it all the more intriguing, drawing you in with open arms. Stately and serene, it’s a wilderness that begs to be inhabited for some time, a country you’ll be reluctant to leave.
    • 81 Metascore
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    There isn't a duff track to be seen, and you get the feeling the whole thing's been meticulously planned and orchestrated, with a mindset of giving us a record to cherish, something to put on when the chips are down, and that rare thing, one that will almost certainly be loved in equal measure many years down the line.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Origin: Orphan is even more extraordinary; a howling, mechanistic piece of post-rock in the vein of Godspeed You Black Emperor!
    • 73 Metascore
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    A genre defining release and a welcome return to boundary surfing music.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It's the big numbers, when Hegarty steps up to the microphone, that reveal Hercules And Love Affair as a project that captures not only the full range of moods on a night out on the tiles, but also the full range of human emotions from the start of a night to its end.
    • 76 Metascore
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    There isn’t a weak track on show. It makes Plowing Into The Field Of Love a truly impressive piece of work.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Luminous, all told, is a sure-fire summer soundtrack from a band who are far more cerebral than they’d have you believe.
    • 74 Metascore
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    A superb album.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Entanglement is an album that needs to be considered alongside genre heavyweights like The Blue Notebooks by Max Richter or Englabörn by Jóhann Jóhannsson. It’s a timely reminder of how high modern classical music can reach.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The use of the church organ is a particular masterstroke and it imbues Hecker's compositions here not with grandiosity, but with a sort of faded grandeur that chimes brilliantly with his familiar themes. It also offers a superb range of texture and sound, sometimes attacking and aggressive, at others soft and warm.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This is such a great, great record for so many reasons.
    • 83 Metascore
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    If this is to be the band’s swansong, they’ve left behind something timeless and quite beautiful.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Their seeming insanity only adds to the magic.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It’s a towering achievement, building on what has come before while expanding it in astonishing ways. This is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The 16 tracks here aren't just duplicate recordings--with sudden new depth we are able to complete an emotive, triumphant musical triptych.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Ringleader Of The Tormentors is the sound a man with a new sense of purpose, and in this extraordinary record he's produced a masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Trick may well be his masterpiece, combining all the elements that have made him such an enduring and much-loved musician over the years to create a genre-bending classic.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Against all odds, the completed Mezmerize/Hypnotize project is actually greater than the sum of its parts - in fact it quickly becomes impossible to think of it as anything else than one epic piece of work.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Trail of Dead appear to have dropped the noise, and bought out the tunes.
    • 70 Metascore
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    This mature, nuanced performance of Berlin communicates the human tragedy of the story, leaving behind the chilliness of the studio and using the medium of the stage to its full dramatic advantage.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It is, quite simply, one of the essential albums of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
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    while Silent Movie felt like a minor departure, this record still manages to sound deeply connected to its predecessors.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Gloriously free of filler, it would be an easy and enjoyable task to eulogise every track on Changing Of The Seasons but it seems a little brash to over-stamp opinion on such an individual and immersive listen.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Evil Urges represents the creative peak of a band that has shown glimpses of greatness in the past and will hopefully continue to evolve in the future.
    • 72 Metascore
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    With mystique to spare, it's a record to cherish.
    • 66 Metascore
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    This is Public Image Ltd at its best. This record is good. Outrageously good. Better than a record of an artist of Lydon's vintage has any right to make.
    • 70 Metascore
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    But for both ["The Heinrich Maneuver" and "Mammoth"], and indeed elsewhere, it's the way in which the elements of the track click into place with a Swiss watchmaker's precision and artistry that really hits home.
    • 86 Metascore
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    In a year that's already been rather special for great albums, Merrill Garbus may well have produced the finest record of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
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    This is the debut record of the year so far, which has effectively raised the bar by which other bands will be judged in the future.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It is also one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful albums that I have heard since its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Untrue is complex, stark, tender, blurred and breathtaking. Burial has managed the impossible and improved on his faultless debut.
    • 84 Metascore
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    It makes for a wonderfully life affirming record, capable of humour, joy and reflection. Every home should have one.
    • 86 Metascore
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    With the original foursome reunited it's as well that Midlife dwells mainly on the music they made together. As a playlist of what Blur were and capable of, it suggests a band with few peers.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The Underside Of Power is righteous, vicious and vital. If the world is a stage, then at the moment it’s hard to think of a better house band than Algiers.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's lyrically depressing, but if you're down in the dumps about the ills of the world and frustrated by a lack of personal achievement, there's surely not a better companion piece to have to hand as you wallow.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Somehow, from nothing, they’ve pulled off a surprising but oh so welcome return, and this record plays like a triumphant middle finger salute, coolly showing everyone how its done... and writing the first line on a thousand ‘album of the year’ lists before January’s even out.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It's much less forthright and immediate than Inverted or Chutes, but it succeeds in spinning a web that draws you in; once caught you just want to lie back and absorb its gentle bounce.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Beams is an uncompromising, forceful and darkly beautiful album from a formidable musical talent.
    • 75 Metascore
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    This is undoubtedly Liars’ most engaging work, and certainly the best Mute album since, well, WIXIW.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Its real strength lies in the fact that it implores you to return for repeated visits to a world riddled with other people's cast-offs. Ironically, it recycles nothing; everything here is box fresh.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Inspiring and ingenious, this is an album you shouldn't be without.
    • 85 Metascore
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    So minimal and calm is much of The Harrow & The Harves that Six Horses comes as something of a shock. It displays the same studied but honest approach to American folk music that characterises the whole album but adds harmonica and, yes, handclaps!
    • 86 Metascore
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    With Young Man In America, Anaïs Mitchell has created her second consecutive masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It’s rare that you get an album by an established artist that genuinely shocks and irrevocably repositions them. Blank Project is one of those albums. This is a hugely significant return.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Nothing quite prepares you for the sheer beauty of The Magic Numbers' music.
    • 76 Metascore
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    The Loon will stand up as one of the best albums of the year, and Tapes 'n Tapes as a jewel in the American music crown.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Frank is a superb debut album that announces Amy Winehouse as a major young talent. With hardly any weak tracks on here, it's frightening to think what she could produce in the years to come.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Grapefruit is an exhilaratingly exciting album.
    • 65 Metascore
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    With not a dot ball or an overthrow, The Duckworth Lewis Method is an unqualified success.
    • 73 Metascore
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    One of the freshest, funkiest, tragic and joyous albums in recent times.
    • 79 Metascore
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    OST
    This is about as close to perfection as a soundtrack can ever hope to get - perfectly capturing the emotional grit of Danny Boyle's onscreen drama, while successfully evoking a very Indian atmosphere for a very Western audience.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This compilation may primarily be valuable for illustrating the full length and breadth of Sylvian's musical progression.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Walking a fine line between being leftfield and hook-laden, Jaga Jazzist have delivered another selection of epic, psychedelic sojourns through electronics, brass and beats that consistently engage and excite.
    • 61 Metascore
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    A monumental, spectacular achievement.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Takk does what Agaetis Byrjun did by burrowing into the consciousness and snuggling down to bed there, purring. Each listen brings out another mood, another thought. It's gorgeous.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Ten Love Songs is an enormously creative, endlessly surprising album.
    • 95 Metascore
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    As from an unspeakable event a remarkable record has come. One that sits amongst Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ best. Skeleton Tree is full of grief, but full of heart too.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Heavy it most certainly is, but Daughter succeed simply by creating phenomenally beautiful music and heart-rending songs.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The release of The Next Day would have been one of the biggest stories of the year no matter what its quality--the fact that it also happens to be one of the best records of Bowie’s career to date just makes the comeback that much more triumphant.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Taken end to end, Sound Of Silver is a thrilling, exhilarating ride on a fast machine.
    • 72 Metascore
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    With Idlewild you get a sumptuous surface that constantly excites, but reveals its secret charms with repeated listenings.
    • 79 Metascore
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    The quality of Toledo’s songs is gobsmacking; the lyrics are enthralling, the melodies are to die for, the musicianship is raw yet brilliant.
    • 71 Metascore
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    So, from bed-bound broken foot casualty to creator of the finest debut album of the year in just over a year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    With the third in his Essex trilogy Darren Hayman has surpassed himself, creating an album that is intelligent, heartfelt, and musically stunning.
    • 82 Metascore
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    This is an intelligent and deeply human album and it would be no exaggeration to say that it’s already a modern classic.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Allo Darlin' have achieved their aim of not producing a carefree record again, and then some--instead, they've created one of considerable, admirable depth and nous, though it retains the warm, personal nature of its predecessor.
    • 60 Metascore
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    A statement for all of the limp new rave pretenders to pack up and fuck off, a return to form rarely sounded or felt so exciting.
    • 77 Metascore
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    WU LYF are a band to celebrate, a DIY tour de force, and their first album deserves a place of reverence in the modern indie-rock canon.
    • 71 Metascore
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    One of the best albums in North America last year and surely one of the best of 2006 for us; Live It Out is sinister, intelligent music for sinister, intelligent people.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Love Kraft is the greatest realisation of the Super Furry vision to date.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures; but after only a week in its company, this reviewer's instincts tell him that Have One On Me is a masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This is out in the margins, removed from 'pop' and 'alternative' genres by the scale of its reach, its bloody and bold ambition. It is complex, multilayered, densely plotted, wordy. It's also scary, harsh and bruised.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Here, Gira shows that the Swans resurgence isn’t a fluke. Not even close.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Their best album to date.
    • 64 Metascore
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    9
    Overall, Rice has produced a release which equals and perhaps even surpasses his debut, a album that takes you through emotional highs and lows you are unlikely to hear anywhere else this winter.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Lookout Sea paradoxically Silver Jews' most complex and most accessible work to date. Better yet, it improves with each listen, as more and more nuances and links are revealed.
    • 99 Metascore
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    In this globalised but fragmented world, now so obsessed with immediacy, rapidity and digestibility, Ten Freedom Summers is a visionary work of protest and power.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Thundercat has, by skirting around the edges of darkness, created a moody, magnificent, endlessly replayable record that also makes sense in late February.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's rare to be so gushing about a debut album--yet after living with this album for a few weeks, you'll be hard pressed to find any flaws.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Middle Cyclone is the sound of one of the most interesting, independent, and consistently brilliant artists recording today at the top of their game.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The Promise is what got left behind, and the quality of these 21 songs serves to remind the listener how brilliant Darkness On The Edge Of Town really was, and how discerning its craftsmen must have been to leave so much in the dust.
    • 86 Metascore
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    To those of you out there who crave immediate, wistful pop music that will make you smile about the future and make you cry about the past, you won’t find a better album this decade.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Thin Black Duke should be regarded as a genuinely innovative and exciting piece of art.
    • 78 Metascore
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    The final results are of such subtle beauty they take the breath clean away.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Fur and Gold announces Natasha Khan's Bat For Lashes as a talent impossible to ignore and beguiling to behold, an album that, time and again, plucks one away from the mundane and offers a bewitching alternative galaxy of delights.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It’s an album that manages to remain accessible while still sounding challenging and unconventional, an album that can sound heart-stoppingly beautiful one minute and scratchily acerbic the next and, ultimately, an album that’s impossible to grow bored of.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The National were worried that they wouldn't be able to follow up Alligator, that fans would be disappointed. Boxer proves their fears ungrounded - and that Alligator was no one classic wonder.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It’s a very special second album that will resonate deeply both with early adopters and the wider audience that Ought will surely capture.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Red
    There's not one duff moment during the album's 50 minutes - it's pop music to be treasured, loved and listened to for years to come.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It’s all intelligently arranged, but also in thrall to the energy and swing of jazz tradition--there is plenty of rhythm and blues during the improvising.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Coxon has come up with an album full of raw guitar licks, killer hooks and heartfelt lyrics.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It's a brilliant exploration of the inevitable interaction between sound, the passing of time and the active process of listening.
    • 72 Metascore
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    It is different in many ways, but never neglects the melodic, vocal and lyrical genius that has established, and will continue to establish, his status as one of the all time greats.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Yet, at its simplest and most sedate, Bookish's new work is utterly beautiful.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Ultimately, The Eternal acts as a fitting and timeless aide-memoire of everything this mighty band has ever achieved.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Gallon Drunk are now eight albums in to their storied career, and their strain of narcotic rock is getting more and more potent with age.