's Scores

  • Music
For 474 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% 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 Source Tags & Codes
Lowest review score: 20 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 474
474 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Part of the fun of the Beastie Boys is knowing that they're fucking with the rhymes and you; another part is knowing that they give a fuck about what's happening in the world. Those two things don't always work well together, though, especially when they say something watered down and deliver it as though they don't buy it either.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Guitars riff, drums pound, the bass plods, and the singer yowls -- but nothing gels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's the sound of someone crashing and burning in a heap of misguided, grandiose intentions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Gemstones is shit. It's awful. It really, really is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cold and lifeless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rain on Lens isn't awful, but boy, is it a long way from The Doctor Came at Dawn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not bad, it's just so goddamn mediocre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Just like an album of guitar solos, an album of battling fancy-fingered trick-pony turntablism is an utterly artless endeavor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Left to his own devices here, Marr has penned vague lyrics and delivered them in a monotone, coupled with uninspired melodies that only underline the singer's limitations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    TA have now officially run out of original ideas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Lyrically, I suspect that part of the problem is rust, while part of the problem is age — a song about bumping into an ex-girlfriend, then coming home to tell the wife about it ("Jane Allen") just doesn't stick to the ribs, while the more overtly political numbers feel heavy-handed and preachy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Even the non-Matricized songs are full of useless keyboard riffs, tacked-on guitar solos and loads and loads of overdubbed Lizclone background singers. Never before has so much work been put into making somebody sound so ordinary.