Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,663 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Exile On Main Street [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
6,663 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dense, beautiful, intricate, haunting, explosive, and dangerous, this is everything rock music aspires to be: intense, incredible songs arranged perfectly and performed with skill and passion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Comparing this to other albums is like comparing an aquarium to blue construction paper.... It's the sound of a band, and its leader, losing faith in themselves, destroying themselves, and subsequently rebuilding a perfect entity. In other words, Radiohead hated being Radiohead, but ended up with the most ideal, natural Radiohead record yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene, Wilco's aging new album is simply a masterpiece; it is equally magnificent in headphones, cars and parties.... No one is too good for this album; it is better than all of us.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A quarter-century after its first release, London Calling is still the concentrate essence of The Clash's unparalleled fervor.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This reissue on luxuriously hefty vinyl is the first time the album's been released in the U.S.--a superb opportunity to hear a record that's been occasionally imitated but never matched.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quarantine the Past doesn't replace the albums, but it's a highly listenable alternative that is as much a treat for nostalgic older fans as it is a valuable gateway for new listeners.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If allowing Jagger to touch up those vocals was the price to pay to allow Exile receive the tribute it deserves, it's still a bargain.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The influence of Pinkerton led to hundreds of mostly regrettable bands, but what ultimately distinguishes Weezer is how they sonically mirror the unhinged and private mental terror of its narrator.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With his music and persona both marked by a flawed honesty, Kanye's man-myth dichotomy is at once modern and truly classic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite how much better-left-forgotten material is being offered up here as essential, there's still more life in the real Nevermind than anything that's attempted to replicate its attack since.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What's here is brilliant, beautiful, and, most importantly, finally able to stand tall on its own.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Siamese Dream's songs don't blend into each other, but some transitions exist; each stands out in a brilliant sequence, forming perhaps the best concept album they ever made.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a colossus of an album, the product of a band that was thinking huge, pushing itself to its limits, and devoted to breaking open its own understanding of what rock music could be.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Essentially perfect... It remains a landmark that hasn't aged a day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Isn't Anything crystallizes MBV's unique dynamic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the many great things about Liquid Swords is that while it's an unimpeachable work of lyrical mastery, of fierce intellect and sound morals, it's in no way a record for prudes.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As one of classic rock's foundational albums, it holds up better than any other commercial smash of that ilk.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new version is in fact more textured and nuanced, but not at the expense of the album's bone-dry, brutalizing crunch. Most of its touch-ups are tastefully unobtrusive and illuminating.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If anything, the elucidating peek behind the curtain that Bangs’ documentary provides makes the album feel like an even more singular, remarkable achievement.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The bonus disc is a mildly interesting amalgam of alternate mixes and rough takes--the kind of stuff anyone but the most dedicated obsessives will listen to only once--and there’s little advance here lyrically from the debut, but II is still close to perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    For the first time, Modest Mouse craft an album, not a collection of songs. That they manage to go beyond any other rock band out there is staggering.... OK Computer must be mentioned, for Modest Mouse just got invited to the same club.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    So long as we're unable or unwilling to fully recognize the healing aspect of embracing honest emotion in popular music, we will always approach the sincerity of an album like Funeral from a clinical distance. Still, that it's so easy to embrace this album's operatic proclamation of love and redemption speaks to the scope of The Arcade Fire's vision.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The exuberant overload of Blueberry Boat will thrill and transport you with the ineluctable force of a great children's story, one whose execution matches its imagination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If the additions are what make this record distinctive, what's left out is what makes it brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It goes without saying that the Pixies' b-sides don't make for an average, run-of-the-mill outtakes compilation, as many of the songs are almost or equally as radiant as the more fortunate tracks that made it to the five classics between 1987 and 1991.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's of the moment and feels new, but it's also striking in its immediacy and comes across as friendly and welcoming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its illusory, ethereal production, wistful melodies, and oft-funereal pace, this is one of those rare albums that can completely absorb you in such a way as to almost dissolve the world around you, and make you feel like you've been transported to another realm of existence within the course of 58 minutes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Avalanches have managed to build a totally unique context for all these sounds, while still allowing each to retain its own distinct flavor. As a result, Since I Left You sounds like nothing else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Loss, regret, and a minor key brilliantly permeate jangling guitars and rhythmic and tonal shifts-- and although it's no Closer or OK Computer, it's not unthinkable that this band might aspire to such heights.