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For 3,361 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Beams
Lowest review score: 0 Fortune
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3,361 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bob Ludwig's remastering punches up the drums and adds clarity and volume to the mix without overblowing it or excessively altering the overall sound, and the result is that these two albums sound incredibly modern, relevant, and invigourated.... Siamese Dream includes exceptional demos for U.S.A. and U.S.S.R., as well as Moleasskiss from the much sought after Mashed Potatoes bootlegs.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These singles show that Manic Street Preachers have stayed true to one at least one of their ideals – which is to write the best songs they possibly could.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a nice blend of Kanye's older and newer styles.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He has been launched into the UK jazz marketplace fully formed, capable of extraordinary flights of dexterity and rhythmic trickery, yet also with a strong sense of fundamental musical language and compositional flair.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Pull Up Some Dust... delves deep into both North and South American musical history and moves rapidly from style to style, there is scant scope for quibbling over Cooder's honesty or authenticity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunbather is an emotionally overwhelming but truly absorbing listen. But best of all, it’s cleansing.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange hasn't so much been crafted into being as grown from the passion of one man, an extension of the Frank Ocean psyche into audible form.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wry humour on display even extends to the setlist, with 'I Tried To Leave You' being the first song of the encore. It's little touches like that which make Live In London both the perfect souvenir for those who were there on the night and also a handy introduction to one of the true living legends of the music industry.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His major label debut good kid m.A.A.d city solidifies his burgeoning reputation and stands out as a landmark contemporary hip-hop album.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As this wildly talented, unpredictable and near flawless young singer and musician bids her farewell with the album's longest track, BaBopBye Ya, this time in cocktail club torch singer style, one can but marvel at the impressive range, ambition (realised) and detail of this deeply polished, professional yet utterly, brilliantly bonkers album.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spaces demonstrates a prodigious, world-class talent that shines through regardless of format or circumstance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Hare, The Hound & The Tortoise is a promising debut album, one which spells a bright future for a quite unique band.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This then, is a solid album of phenomenally crafted songs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A priceless archival exercise: these eight sides of vinyl represent both the holy grail of New Zealand indie rock and proof of its insidious journey to a wide world. [Aug 2014, p.100]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Idler Wheel… is a really incredible album, where Apple has quite cleverly developed musically in just the right way, creating something utterly distinct and different to her earlier work whilst still retaining all the characteristics that won fans over to begin with.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oozing fun out of every pore, this record is the perfect tonic to the increasingly troubled times that 2009 brings with it and will most likely feature on many of those Best Of lists come December.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album and its predecessor are worthy and awe-inspiring tributes to the man and the Malian musical traditions for which he and Diabaté were--and continue to be--the strongest and most compelling of standard-bearers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here, Gira shows that the Swans resurgence isn’t a fluke. Not even close.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their back catalogue is a stunning body of work and arguably each track deserves its own review.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s certainly Holter’s most accomplished and imaginative album--indeed, there hasn’t been an album this packed with ideas since tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l a couple of years ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that he can produce an album like Bad As Me, with more energy, invention and sheer excitement that artists half his age stands as testimony that Tom Waits remains one of the true giants of music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As its title suggests, Accelerando provides plenty of speed and also a very real adrenaline rush.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep Science should enhance TVOTR's reputation as one of the finest, forward-thinking bands around, along with fellow Brooklyn acts Animal Collective and Liars.
    • 88 Metascore
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    While far from immaculate, Cookie Mountain is the logical progression from Desperate Youth, with its conception fruit enough for those who appreciate musical innovation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By turns danceable, blissed out romantic, familiar and new, it's technologically and musically fascinating. Its juxtaposition of orga and mecha is one of its many well executed contradictions. Packed but sparse, thrilling, complex, innovative, simple. Without even a dud bar never mind a filler track, In Rainbows is more than any fan could hope for.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of the year contender.
    • 88 Metascore
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    No Selfish Heart is something to cherish all year round, no matter what’s in or out of fashion musically; something to keep coming back to when you’re unimpressed by everything else.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Tambourine have finally gotten the treatment they deserve. This is essential listening for anyone who wonders where indie-rock's been, or where it's going. The influence is obvious, and the music has never sounded better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The legend behind m b v, as well as its songs, have created something many will talk about for much longer than it’s taken to arrive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All involved have created one of the most unusual and surprisingly moving records I have heard in some time.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It is also one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful albums that I have heard since its predecessor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the album is unmistakably Hecker’s vision, it’s the listener’s experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    For a debut album it's brilliantly realised and contains not an inch of flab across its 11 songs. Debut album of the year? It's beyond doubt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dig deeper and you'll find that Goat has managed to create not just a world of their own, but an album that draws on influences from all over the world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On paper these might sound like mad genius, but Daft Punk somehow misplace the wit and the light touch that’s pretty much their trademark. Instead, these long epics become somewhat tedious and there is a strong whiff of egoism and self-indulgence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could make a fair case for it not even being as good as Funeral – but my oh my, it's close.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Touché Amoré’s shift to the emotional and the subtle at times, without sacrificing the exhilarating annihilation that characterizes their music, renders Is Survived By dynamic and of higher quality than anything they’ve done before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a remarkably enduring and giving album that further enriches this already flourishing genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the 21st century's most intelligent and satisfying bands (musically, lyrically, emotionally) have once again set out their stall, and once again produced a work of inspired resonance, capturing truth after truth, in all its muddled, human realism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bob Ludwig's remastering punches up the drums and adds clarity and volume to the mix without overblowing it or excessively altering the overall sound, and the result is that these two albums sound incredibly modern, relevant, and invigourated... The Gish standouts include a demo of Daydream with Corgan on vocals in place of D'arcy Wretzky and an extended version of Drown with blistering alternate guitar solos.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is perhaps most impressive about Beautiful Africa is its sheer number of thrilling twists and turns.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Here she is doing what she does best--weaving the sounds and statements of the people she's writing about into the song itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is provided here [is] superb playing and a peerless collective spirit, along with a clear and nuanced production that is never intrusive.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A few good ideas emerge, but are then repeated endlessly to the point of sheer boredom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let England Shake, Harvey's first solo album since 2007's White Chalk, is a brutal, often difficult and always unflinching look at what terrible things happen to people when nations fight each other.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Taken end to end, Sound Of Silver is a thrilling, exhilarating ride on a fast machine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Body Talk shows just how easily she can churn out hits more frequently than labels can process production teams.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is an incredibly well fused and structured album that taps into a wide range of emotions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big production bombast in the latter half of the record--especially on 'Africa,' the English-language 'I Follow You' and the title track--could happily be skipped over, but there's at least half a record here that's as indispensible as it is likeable.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Where before they gave the distinct feel of a quick side-project for a bunch of talented musicians who were currently in other bands, on Mirrored it's clear that their hearts and souls are in every one of these songs.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It has little in the way of variation, even less in the way of optimism, but feels completely whole despite that lacking.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is Vernon leaving the seclusion of the forests and, as many of the track titles suggest, moving through towns, cities and open spaces.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    With Young Man In America, Anaïs Mitchell has created her second consecutive masterpiece.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Fay consistently finds beauty in the world and is not afraid to express such sentiments. There are also moments of very real sadness--but a hard-won wisdom and acceptance cuts through.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Robyn has assured her contemporaries that pop life does not end as a tweenie, that pop music can be for adults, and that adults can be Do It Yourself indie artists, so long as one thing is in place: talent.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a work that’s beautifully single minded, but may be a little too much of an undertaking for some. What’s inescapable is that it’s the sound of a person bravely questioning her place in the world, often in inspired fashion.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It is, quite simply, one of the essential albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Halcyon Digest is a triumph of multilayered nuance, and repeated listens reveal its genius buried just beyond the obvious.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is an album that sparkles with invention and surprise.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Gelb has produced his most focused work in ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    LCD Soundsystem's many fans will want this principally for the bonus tracks but will probably already have the rest of 45:33.
    • 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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    Of its kind, Bakesale is a classic, and well worth reappraising.
    • 86 Metascore
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    So in summary if you are looking for an album that could almost double up as an engrossing series of short stories, with tales from the darker side of life and love, then you could certainly do worse than dip into this album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unknown quantity to me before the first listen, by the third play I was already plotting which of my friends I would be lending it to and reprimanding myself for not having come across them sooner.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is yet another one of those records about escapism, yearning for a bolt of light in the dark, an end to normality. And it finds it, to almighty effect; producing the kind of rapturous charge that no bedroom-dance record has ever assembled before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Proclamations of his greatness may be slightly exaggerated, but Cosmogramma certainly adds to a deservedly growing reputation.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It's an adventurous, seductive and plush exploration of the depths of progressive and popular metal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shields is full of both genuine surprises and moments of transcendent beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The legions who bought and enjoyed El Camino are sure to enjoy this unofficial second helping and those who yearn for more of the freakier blues of Rebennack's 1960s heyday are certain to agree this brilliant gumbo is just what the doctor ordered.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it might not be as rewarding a listening experience as Cooder's Cuban albums, this is still a set that demands repeated hearing, and I doubt there'll be another record as lovingly crafted as this all year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sullivan's intelligent use of layers and loops create a phenomenally dense but remarkably accessible soundscape as the band constantly ebb and flow between bombast and introspection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is an album by a band at the very peak of their powers--one that will make you want to throw your hands up and surrender to its magnificent beauty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Without a doubt, the hooky riffs and unforgiving pace make it a fantastic rock album in itself, but only Fucked Up would chose to play out a tragedy to this soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you admire The Knife’s music for its incredible unpredictability and off-the-scale inventiveness, you are likely to consider this to be at least amongst their best work yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rooks is a hugely self-assured and often compelling album, which looks outside of the world of modern man for inspiration, and in most cases, finds it in spades.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's absorbing and enchanting without having to resort to formulaic song structures, pop thrills or radio-friendly catchiness.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The success of the album lies partly in the production, which allows the teenagers close to the limits of acceptable disorder, but reins them in and lays on the quality when needed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes Simon suffers from a sort of elder statesman's churlishness or cynicism (like a musical version of Grumpy Old Men), which is not entirely appealing, and some of the songs seem a little under-developed. There is, however, enough here to suggests that new Paul Simon albums should be bigger events.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This compilation may primarily be valuable for illustrating the full length and breadth of Sylvian's musical progression.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Yet far from being miserable, this is a record substantially more alive than its eponymous predecessor.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's a cleverly and thoughtfully composed album, bereft of filler and loaded with style and substance.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Impossible Truth is among the year’s most vivid and evocative albums so far, revealing new and absorbing details with every listen.
    • 85 Metascore
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    If you know what's good for you, however, you'll drink the whole album in, because intelligently constructed and musically thrilling records like this are a rare, rare find.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Helplessness Blues sees the band finally reach the top of Barringer Hill and set off in majestic flight over the sunshine blessed countryside.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Kozelek is a songwriter operating with audacity and confidence, composing wry and forthright confessionals that investigate areas of everyday darkness and despair too rarely explored in popular song.