Nude As The News' Scores

  • Music
For 140 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Rings Around The World
Lowest review score: 25 The History of Rock
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 140
140 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's songs do not attack you with bombast but rather smother you in a slow burn, like gathering frost suffocating a mournful shut-in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Coast is Never Clear's shortcomings fall in Beulah's tendency to recycle the same song and name it something new.... Nonetheless, Beulah is still making some of the most infectious and smart pop songs anywhere in independent rock.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Devil's Workshop is the most compact realization of the group's aesthetic, and it contributes 11 solid songs to Frank's ever-expanding canon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not unlike Wilco’s Being There, Show Me Your Tears gives classic rock lovers a new album to celebrate -- an album to drink by while mourning the fact that most aging rock icons rarely supply anything this raucous anymore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not every song is a gem, the ones that are have pushed the band's already high standard of compelling indie pop one notch higher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many adjectives have been thrown around in reference to this latest album: lush, atmospheric, beautiful, summery, melodic. All apply. This is R.E.M.'s pop record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    13
    With patience, 13 reveals itself as sort of a poor man's OK Computer, only instead of Radiohead's airborne sonic journey through the future, Blur investigates the murk of its inner-city swamps.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Porcelain pulls off a rare feat: able to appeal to hardcore/emo lovers as well as fans of good, old-fashioned guitar rock.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is no doubt in my mind -- and in this I seem to have a lot of company -- that Transatlanticism is Death Cab For Cutie's best album so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Insignificance’s length of less than 40 minutes perhaps indicates that O’Rourke is not as serious about producing a pop opus as he is interested in getting a kick out of screwing around with pop song writing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This album is to Unwound what Daydream Nation was to Sonic Youth: the application of wild imagination and ruthless harmonies to a more mainstream format, while largely dispensing with their heritage and experiments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On Pawn she chooses to rock, but in her own unique swinging way. Her songs are not ballads, but epics of rock, classical and postmodern music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Blacklisted is certainly a high-water mark for Case; a statement, if you will.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The record could quite possibly be one of the best of the year with a dash of self-control.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Low's most accomplished album yet, if not its most creative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After repeated listens, Title TK congeals into a beautiful little slice of fuzz-rock-pop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the presence of a few misses, When I Was Cruel will be well worth the purchase for anyone still trying to work their way through All This Useless Beauty. It's a straightforward, catchy, and of course smart record from the meanest man in the British Isles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Blood Money should be heard as a complete piece of music -- like watching a play -- and some tracks that might appear thin on their own will be revealed as far meatier in context.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once again defiantly demonstrates Ween's talent and versatility.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The album has its share of enjoyable tunes, and more than a couple great ones.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Un-inspirationality aside, Gorky's still exhibits glimmers of sonic uniqueness and loads of pop craftsmanship throughout the record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not quite as satisfying as Wilco's 1998 collaboration with Billy Bragg, Mermaid Avenue, the new record is a great document of two groups that enjoy experimenting and pushing the musical envelope.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rouse pushes the envelope in a completely different direction, and with modest, although not total, success, he delivers an album that will rival the New Pornographers' Electric Version as the -- for lack of a better word -- most fun album of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sounds how Radiohead should sound live: brutal (the cacophonous sample layering in “Everything in its Right Place”), catchy (the bass line of “I Might Be Wrong”), danceable (the beats on “Idioteque”) and mesmerizing (the simplicity of “True Love Waits”).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A gentle tremble of an album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fridge seem to have a knack for making odd organic instruments fit tightly with electronic gurgles and glitches. But don't be fooled, ladies and gentlemen, their new long-player Happiness is a rock album through and through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Over the course of this album, you may laugh, frown, cry, cover your ears, or reach for the remote to fast-forward. But then you'll want to listen to it again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A major rebirth, relegating the chirpy melodies to expedients, relying less on Sadier's monotone singing, and reaching for new formats within the group's formidable compositional skills.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Rising somewhat falters in its middle third, as Springsteen struggles to make this a cohesive record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Somehow The Ugly Organ has enough pop appeal and pseudo-uplifting sentiment to make it listenable.