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 12.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 85
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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stereotype succeeds in melding styles seamlessly, and delivering enough synergy to help each one of the acts involved broaden its audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Random Axe don't break the mold on this album, but they are sure to make stalwart fans of each individual rapper happy with a release that's thematically consistent if not repetitive and evocative of the three's surefire chemistry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though it may not be the knock out aural masterpiece one would expect from the likes of a Flying Lotus production, The Golden Age of Apocalypse excels by harnessing the spirits of Pastorious, Sun-Ra, and other left-of-center demigods, dazzling us with FlyLo and Bruner's unique brand of collaborative eccentric genius.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, this is a pretty interesting effort that is very genre-bending in its approach.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a pleasure to listen to, and perhaps its sheer existence (thanks in part to crowdsourcing on Kickstarter) is a fact to be celebrated in itself
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    You won't find much in the way of a message on Mic Tyson (closest thing might be on the driving "Pyrex": "wake up, all that crack and the street talk/is made up like Jack & The Beanstalk"), but you will find a raw rap sound seldom heard in these calloused days
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ali touches on every heavy topic under the sun but it's the more personal anecdotes, like flying home from Europe to attend his Dad's funeral or coming off tour to find his son neglected and injured that hit hardest and make Mourning in America worth copping.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A celebration of quality rap music, past, present, and future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, in fact, it might feel like a little too much of The Weeknd all at once. But then again the music is so good it might just be what the doctor ordered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good time music written to the sound of heartbreak and everyday affairs, which makes it even more relatable, accessible even.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solidarity is a straight up funky, raucous, dancefloor-troubling, riot-provoking monster of an album.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    He's found ways to make complexity entertaining and to harness pain in the names of maturity and laughter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's best enjoyed as an album of two halves--with funk on the A side, and a more introspective flipside. Either way, Sinkane's trip to the Red Planet is more than worth signing up for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a musician at the top of his game marking his entry into the big time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lushlife's Plateau Vision is arguably the best rap record since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Homeboy Sandman's latest offering is worth a purchase. The style he provides through-out the 6 tracks on Subject: Matter shows off his intelligence–something a lot of Hip-Hop is missing these days. His story-telling abilities and vivid imagery go hand-in-hand on every track.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Not only does the duo own the niche that they have established on their EPs, they also break new ground, infusing other elements and genres within the album. Overall, a great listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This record a solid improvement over the excellent Causers Of This, and I am excited for his continued growth as an artist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Rugby Thompson is by far the most cohesive piece of work Smoke DZA has put out and it's clear he has developed in to a serious player in the independent hip-hop scene.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is a very solid debut release and well worth the wait.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They swing like only the second line can. All in all, it's a cause for celebration (and fifty more years of Preservation Hall).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Lonely Island continues to remind us that taking life too seriously isn't nearly as fun as putting bags over our heads during fellatio or shitting our pants during bank robberies.