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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors has a much more electronic feel to it, with a plethora of synthesizers. The brassy street thump of past Big Boi releases is still present, it's just more centralized.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiwanuka crafts an opus so insular that it feels like a one-on-one conversation between he and you.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Glasper managed to create a beautiful album from start to finish that will easily be added into conversations with greats like John Coltrane's Blue Train.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Bailey Rae's The Love EP is a short, but great listen with some of the finest love songs ever written.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    House of Balloons is a surprisingly strong and confident debut for a new artist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    At just 11 tracks, this record flexes serious range, but what's even more impressive is that it rarely sounds overextended.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Coming off the digital releases of Funk Man, and Automatik Statik comes Golden Era, the last third of the trilogy, which is, frankly, more of the same. But with Del, that's a good thing.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Simply put, tMTMTMK is what music sounds like when it works.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    He's found ways to make complexity entertaining and to harness pain in the names of maturity and laughter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    GMB
    GMB is Pac Div's best and most consistent work to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NLP is yet another crowning achievement in his long career.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Occasion boasts a myriad of sounds and heads may gravitate more toward certain lanes than others but, with nary a weak track, Kidz In The Hall keep it game tight and deliver a dope-ass record.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vodka & Ayahuasca is a salute to no-bullshit hip-hop done right.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is sophisticated music for the adult soul.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This album is a violent frenzy maxed out to the “nth” power, so it may not be for everyone; however, most who embrace hardcore hip-hop will undoubtedly love this album.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    El Rego is solid gold all the way through.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is an earnestness to Blak & Blu, even in its bumpier moments, that holds your attention, even if it's the testosterone fueled bombast that initially grabs it by the throat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As the album unfolds you're drawn inexorably into a world of high quality music that deserves to be savoured, devoured, replayed and pored over, and above all, enjoyed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It does feel like the melding Icebird does of electronic elements with blues, soul, and rock is a progressive move.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Flaunting a smattering of psych rock, glints of fuzz funk, analog tape hiss, and virtually no FFWD moments in sight, it's hard to not warm up to this record.