New York Magazine (Vulture)'s Scores

For 158 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Van Lear Rose
Lowest review score: 10 Crown Royal
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 158
  2. Negative: 22 out of 158
158 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When in doubt, crank the amps. This is the philosophy behind R.E.M.’s new album, Accelerate, their best, and certainly their loudest, in years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It rewards that attention with small pleasures: guitar and organ playing off each other’s reverb, bass and drum dancing in and out of step, horns and vocals collapsing into a single bellow. In essence, it offers that luxuriant buzz that made rock and roll one of the great narcotics of the last half-century.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole record is about the band skillfully weaving in and out of dramatically different textures and arrangements; each song plays with several musical ideas, not just one or two.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no state-of-the-art flourishes (like Kanye West’s sped-up soul samples); he furnishes most of his own hooks, without the assistance of Auto-Tune, the now ubiquitous vocal effect favored by rappers who can’t really sing (Devin sings, and quite nicely too); and the only big-name rapper he invites is Snoop Dogg, with whom he shares some genuine stoner chemistry. Track after track (there are only twelve, and mercifully no skits), the beats land just so. And nowhere is he more confident than in his rhymes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The disc ultimately hangs together on mood; Price unfailingly accentuates the bright, shiny, and happy. This not only makes good pop sense, it provides an effective counterbalance to Flowers and his achy-breaky vocals.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His latest album, Hold Time, is as finely wrought and thoroughly affecting an indie effort as 2009 is likely to see.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His solo debut, Stephen Malkmus, doesn't sound so different from late-period Pavement, but at least he's regained his smart-ass swagger.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What gives A Little Deeper its heft, though, is Dynamite’s voice: She can hold a word so long it almost floats in the air, and she purposefully embellishes her girlish, almost kewpie-doll-like whine to deliver her most stinging rebukes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Goddess is the only forward-looking project by a Rolling Stone since the band flirted with disco on "Miss You."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ferry could seem too reverent toward the material on As Time Goes By, but his new album, Frantic, feels a lot looser (and less respectful) even as it revisits the singer's favorite sources (Dylan, Leadbelly).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wainwright’s powers of observation recall both Morrissey and Cole Porter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like the market-minded collaborations that run rampant on hip-hop records, Elliott’s range here feels like base-covering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though the album follows the path cleared by Wrecking Ball, Harris takes more confident strides... Unfortunately, a little knowledge of the recording studio can be a dangerous thing, and Red Dirt Girl occasionally crosses the line from mellow into mannered.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you’re treated to such a powerful front woman, it seems almost unfair to complain about the lack of sophisticated sonics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mostly, as on Ray of Light, sophisticated production masks Madonna's shortcomings as a songwriter.... Often Mirwais is the real star here... It's his music that makes Music matter. [Sep 25, 2000]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Röyksopp is savvy at pulling out the joker in the pack just when the music threatens to become cutesy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You can’t help but get lost in Minogue’s music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its faults--and there are many--Ray Ray is a startlingly inventive record.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its fluttering horns, gauzy percussion, and the playing of smooth-jazz saxophonist Najee, Prince's new album, The Rainbow Children, is steeped in the kind of fusion [Miles] Davis pioneered.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a lot less monotone than its predecessor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A sprawling and undisciplined mess... but it’s fully attuned to what made West so compelling in the first place, namely chunks of samples that feel raw and convey an underdog sensibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aside from the horrifyingly detailed stalker narrative of "Stan" and the homicidal fantasy of "Kim," nothing on Marshall Mathers rises above the level of locker-room insults -- nearly every song seems to feature Eminem's giving someone the finger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Manages, despite an excess of throwaway material, to be an appropriately eccentric testament to Cobain’s talent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taken on its own, Live is still the best officially released evidence of the camaraderie that makes the E Street Band so vital, as well as an essential next chapter for an artist who hasn't released a studio album in some time. But there are still ways in which, as for so many of Springsteen's performances, you had to be there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A romp as vigorous as any since 1982's English Settlement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Marrying his sturdy rock-guitar talents to lively beats, he’s found a comfort zone.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Her songs still revolve mostly around the adolescent hell of looking right and pleasing jerky guys, a shtick that would be old if Hatfield, well into her thirties, didn’t genuinely sound as if she were still living through it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The first half, in particular, has irresistible momentum... The second half drags a little, and you wish Madonna would strip the synths back to work a bass line every now and then.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Entertaining and surprisingly consistent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like The OC, Easy Tiger manages to be pleasurable without ever being interesting.