Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,480 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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 Spiderland [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
6,480 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In trading the adolescent kick of Secaucus for ripened resignation, meticulous refinement for crippling maturation, they have realized their magnum opus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though omissions are certain to be an issue for cratedigging obsessives, this collection is as flawless a primer as has ever been made available on a single disc.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Live at Reading effectively grants you side-stage access to the band in their mosh-pit-stoking, drum-set-toppling, putting you as close to the action as the band's mysterious friend Tony, who's seen flailing onstage throughout the show like an epilpetic Bez.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a rare thing for an album to have such a strong sense of what it wants to be. Bon Iver is about flow, from one scene and arrangement and song and memory and word into the next-- each distinct but connected-- all leading to "Beth/Rest".
    • 100 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For die-hards, the most alluring part of the package may be the second compact disc, which features 18 mostly instrumental demos recorded in Gaye's post-What's Going On honeymoon period, when his vast artistic ambitions and abilities were being embraced by the greater public. These somewhat experimental demos--deep, in-the-pocket funk in the vein of Sly Stone, George Clinton, and Jimi Hendrix--clearly laid the groundwork for much of his subsequent 70s material.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The worthy additions in this "super deluxe edition" are nearly all visual.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fahey was a restless listener, tinkerer, thinker, and player--a combination that makes this set fascinating both as a history book and a lifetime listening indulgence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Channel Orange is stuffed with one-of-a-kind details and characters, its overall scope is grand, as is Ocean's.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The miracle of this album is how it ties straightforward rap thrills--dazzling lyrical virtuosity, slick quotables, pulverizing beats, star turns from guest rappers--directly to its narrative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Each fluorescent strike of noise, incongruous tempo flip, and warped vocal is bolted into its right place across the record's fast 40 minutes.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    III is, indirectly, Led Zeppelin’s own version of Pink Floyd's Meddle--the folky, pretty early record that was never too popular and hence a favorite of indie types skeptical of such a massive mainstream band.... III has easily the best bonus material too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Sigur Rós effortlessly make music that is massive, glacial, and sparse..... They are the first vital band of the 21st Century.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Dizzee's despairing wail, focused anger, and cutting sonics places him on the front lines in the battle against a stultifying Britain, just as Pete Townshend, Johnny Rotten, and Morrissey have been in the past.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Madvillainy is inexhaustibly brilliant, with layer-upon-layer of carefully considered yet immediate hip-hop, forward-thinking but always close to its roots.... Good luck finding a better hip-hop album this year, mainstream, undie, or otherwise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    [Finn] not only has a commanding, rousing voice but he also says something worth hearing, displaying gifts for both scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock-- indie or mainstream.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Ys
    The people who hear this record will split into two crowds: The ones who think it's silly and precious, and the ones who, once they hear it, won't be able to live without it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    You can feel the warmth pouring out of the music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Despite the cries about careerism, they rarely settled into one spot for long, and even when they were correctly perceived to have done so--about one half of The Great Escape really is a Parklife retread--they were still spreading their collective wings on album tracks and B-sides.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Part Lies makes a good case that their later period has value too, and that the group had raised the bar so high for themselves that merely being very good could be interpreted as a failure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If Fleetwood Mac shimmered more, rocked less and were organic without being raw, that might suggest the level of evocative language and romance The Lone Bellow exudes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Nothing short of elemental in its beauty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Every track on Dongs of Sevotion is chock-full of some of the most poignant, disconcerting lyrics you should ever have to hear.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An exceedingly triumphant psych-pop oddity.... I doubt 2004 will birth a more blissful sonic encounter than Ta Det Lugnt.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Recalls last year's fine Halo Benders release, The Rebels Not In, the album Martsch recorded with Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson and former Spinanes and current Built to Spill drummer Scott Plouf. And that's not a bad thing at all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A matchless combination of scratchy indie rock and post-Oval electronics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The true beauty of Clinic is that they have, using a relatively standard rock vocabulary, constructed a truly distinctive, energetic, and magnetically appealing sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For its moments of gravity and excellence, Hail to the Thief is an arrow pointing toward the clearly darker, more frenetic territory the band have up to now only poked at curiously.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Van Lear Rose is remarkably bold, celebratory and honest. It's a homecoming for a small-town musician gifted with poise, humor and compassion, but at its very heart, it's happy to be just a kick-ass country record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The album's second half is slightly more abstract than the catchy pop that precedes it, but these moments are tempered, causing the record to feel more focused.