Okayplayer's Scores

  • Music
For 148 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 96% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 3% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 84
Highest review score: 98 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 50 Beaus$eros
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 148
148 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West transgresses paradigms and defies the limitations of genre, thusly granting himself the highest compliment payable to an artist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Feist manages to deliver an understated, yet powerful resolution that ultimately defines Metals not so much as a break up album or a make up album, but as a journey to acceptance.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    GZA for his part conveys overarching ideas of war with self, the world at large, and pushing oneself artistically to the limit as a coping mechanism--expressing a coherent worldview through top flight craftsmanship.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fly Lo manages to create an unusually sophiticated and well-produced album with mostly a laptop.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Surely there's despair and persistent uncertainty, but there's an unspoken beauty to the struggle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is a piece of work that raises the bar for all his contemporaries, and I would not be surprised to see this album at the top of many Best of 2011 lists.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    BlackenedWhite is a refreshingly original album where it counts and it never gets under your skin the way Tyler's albums can.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If one devotes their time to the music, they'll come away experiencing one of the best Hip-Hop albums released in the last few years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    All in all, it's the sound of a bunch of musicians from the top of the game performing at the top of their game. Ruthlessly tight, deeply soulful with tunes to keep you riveted to your stereo until deep into the night.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If I were asked to document the unrest within Detroit, The Left's Gas Mask would be the backdrop. Journalist 103 and Apollo Brown have created a beautifully ugly masterpiece that seethes with urgency and raises the bar considerably for their peers at home and beyond.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The sheer ferocity of Monch's rhyming is more than enough to bridge any gaps and plow through any detours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With this release, Statik Selektah continues to prove that he one of hip hop's finest beatsmiths. Meanwhile, Action Bronson shows that he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Once again, he masterfully conveys his understanding of the free jazz form, and yet never duplicates his father in the least. In fact, Spirit Fiction may just be his most forward-thinking album thus far.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Make no mistake about it, most of the instrumentation on the album is just Toro y Moi. More so ‘Moi’.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even though there were a few points at which this album dragged for me, (see back to back six-minute songs), there is no doubt that this is not only a strong debut for Saigon, but a strong album that indicates he'll be a force in hip-hop for years to come.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For listeners ready to let go of expectations and embark on a musical ride, the journey will be well worth it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A celebration of quality rap music, past, present, and future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lushlife's Plateau Vision is arguably the best rap record since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mike and El-P may not have made a lot of sense on paper, but it's clear they have great chemistry and they have pushed each other to make some of the year's best music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Cancer4Cure I was gratified on the first spin, but I'm sure it will take many more listens to fully understand El-P's brilliance on both the mic and the boards.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All Day offers a departure of sorts from Night Ripper and Feed the Animals, his previous releases. The composition of those two essentially follow the same furious blueprint, whereas All Day allows the musical ideas a bit more time to breathe and evolve.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    21
    There's not a slacker in the bunch on 21, which is hard enough for many an artist to pull off at 31 – or even 51 – much less at an age when they're still too young to rent a car on their own
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nine Types of Light is a damn good place for those of us as yet unfamiliar with TV on the Radio to start investigating one of the most adventurous bands around today. And I can guarantee that if you start here, you won't stop.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite talk of the non-living, one can say more resolutely that The Upsetter is back at it, town crying and rousing the most lively music lovers among us while keeping great reggae alive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It had that intangible love and passion behind it that so, so many albums these days are essentially lacking. The tone will brighten your day, while the passion will inspire you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fiery spirit of Africa For Africa certainly carries echos of the immortal Fela, and Femi seems quite comfortable carrying on his father's legacy. But, with another powerful addition to an already stellar catalogue, the son is not so quietly building a legacy all his own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weather is a beautiful album and the most intimate project we've heard from Ndegeocello in the last few years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiwanuka crafts an opus so insular that it feels like a one-on-one conversation between he and you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He proves every time he's on stage and across this wonderful LP...he's got it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Freed from production duties, she pours herself into her voice and her lyrics, giving a vocal performance that drips feeling and firmly establishes her as a singer to be reckoned with.