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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The music is powerful, but the moods and mental space Channel Orange occupies are often macabre.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows may not be promoted heavily due to its independent release, but it should be rotated heavily in our MP3's, it's a definite win for the listener/consumer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There are some tracks on this record I don't appreciate much now as a college student in my early 20s, but I can guarantee as I get older and more mature, I will find this album more relatable and more enjoyable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album is a pleasure to listen to, with enough airy energy to fit a summer playlist and angst raw enough to carry it over into the shorter, colder days of winter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The whole of First Serve is greater than the sum of its parts, and the album's crisp pace, infectious energy and playful humor make it an easy listen and a simple pleasure
    • 63 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cope makes up for his mediocre (to some) but unique voice with strong, thoughtful songwriting.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    So Ritual Union may not be a perfect album, but it is charming, intriguing and rewarding enough to ensure that you'll overlook any flaws and keep coming back to give it another spin. And that's something very special indeed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The LP's best moments are when Pusha digs deeper.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a project more likely to fit comfortably into what will likely grow into a large and varied discography than deliver instant lightning in a bottle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All things considered, Young Krizzle delivers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Like her fellow countrywomen, Is Your Love Big Enough? has a core of strong songwriting that helps La Havas elbow her way into a field packed with talented women drawing from the deep well of American soul.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Murs and Fashawn have done what few collaborative albums do: create a complete and cohesive album, that actually lives up to lofty expectations.
    • 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
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is a very solid debut release and well worth the wait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Defamation is one of those records that's just too easy to love; its best moments are simply undeniable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While not explicitly a concept or homage album, Endlessly captures a retro American sound reminiscent of sock hops and drive-ins so subtly, that the album could have been called Effortlessly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yet, for all of GaGa's flamboyance, there was a humanity in her most memorable work that inspired a devotion in her legions of fans that went far beyond vigorous dance floor workouts. On Born This Way the quirky vulnerability is often lost behind the massive productions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall Killer Mike and Pl3dge is focused, hard hitting, a little pissed off at the way things are, and overall a breath of fresh air.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect album, nor is it always easy listening, but its imperfections make it even more of a human album from a rapper who's at its best at his most personal.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Monkeytown is a must for fans of techno, electro, and/or pop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, this is a pretty interesting effort that is very genre-bending in its approach.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is perhaps the most danceable "smart" record ever. Or, maybe this is the smartest dance record ever…? ...Whatever it is, it works... beautifully.