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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The music is powerful, but the moods and mental space Channel Orange occupies are often macabre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Surely there's despair and persistent uncertainty, but there's an unspoken beauty to the struggle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is sophisticated music for the adult soul.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    House of Balloons is a surprisingly strong and confident debut for a new artist.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it might sound more suitable for spins on a clunky, stereophonic hi-fi, this stone soul picnic is a breath of fresh air in the here and now amidst the throng of techno R&B androids scaling the charts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If A Dream Deferred isn't the best produced album this year, it's gotta be in the top three.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    El Rego is solid gold all the way through.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's a challenging, complex and sometimes brilliant album from an extremely talented artist who doesn't place limits on himself, though at times you may wish he had thrown a few small ones in there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the material on Second Chance is quite straight forward and not very new, the album works, because it's a comfortable move forward for an artist who is trying to make up for lost time. The album is a defining second chance.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fly Lo manages to create an unusually sophiticated and well-produced album with mostly a laptop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While this album definitely has its FFWD moments, the Beasties' lighthearted approach still manages to hand the smack down to crab rappers and school the bratty new kids on the block in one fell swoop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    At it's best, Reloaded rocks like Evidence liberated from the jungle of Premo beats and given enough space to go believably gangster.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All three parties are at the top of their game – Russell is in complete control of her formidable voice, Quantic is in the most verdant part of his career, and the Combo Barbaro? Well, they've been dope for years. The result is a triumph.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're willing to open your ears up, you'll be entertained by a high quality MC having a blast on record.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On Back to Love, Hamilton splits the difference and delivers a carefully calculated amalgam of soulful rawness, after hours sophistication and pop sheen that feels far more organic than it has any right to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every utterance on the album is packed full of meaning. Listeners will surely be left gleaning new insights from this collection after every rotation.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Oh No is certainly a capable lyricist but the tracks on Ohnomite tend to work best when he lets his guest artist take the foreground.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's got guest collabs that make sense without being overbearing, a few genre defying styles that go from almost dancey to instrospection and back but it never loses track.
    • 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.