Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,908 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Physical Graffiti [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
6,908 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The brilliant In Rainbows represents no such thing [downshift]. Nonetheless, it's a very different kind of Radiohead record. Liberated from their self-imposed pressure to innovate, they sound--for the first time in ages--user-friendly.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    These four discs ultimately do what any good box set should do: In tracing the band's trajectory from power-pop progenitors to post-pop tinkerers, Keep an Eye on the Sky presents a history of the band that could not be gleaned from the albums themselves, using finished studio tracks along with demos and rarities to give a fuller picture of the musicians, their dynamic, and their songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This lyrical simplicity shouldn't obscure the fact that these are sharply constructed songs that take unusual turns. One of Girls' specialities is their willingness to go completely over the top but somehow keep us right there with them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Few can match their feel for arrangement or sense of structure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie is a Smashing Pumpkins record that just so happens to be 28 songs in length, stunning in both its stylistic range and overall excellence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Along with the more lived-in sonics, Modern Vampires has the band taking a leap forward into emotional directness. Koenig and Batmanglij truly seem of one mind here, as the vocals and music interact with each other in an effortless flow.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, doesn’t explicitly bill itself as a movie like good kid, m.A.A.d city did, but the network of interlocking dramas explored here feels filmic nonetheless, and a variety of characters appear across the album’s expanse.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This record is a return to the spare folk of Seven Swans, but with a decade's worth of honing and exploration packed into it. It already feels like his most classic and pure effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only is it the most acoustically enthralling album they've released, it's also without a doubt the most playful, dynamic, and anthemic post-rock album that has been released to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A decade into their career, the Notwist have created a masterpiece by pulling the same trick they pulled on Shrink: mixing things that might not seem to fit together into a beautiful, seamless whole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each of these songs displays a mastery of craft rarely heard.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This record explodes with song after song of endlessly replayable, perfect pop.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is both the best career-spanning snapshot of and single-purchase introduction to Talking Heads-- odd accolades for a live record-- and a treat for longtime fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Simply put, this album sounds absolutely huge, its relentless attention to detail eclipsed only by the stunning emotional power it conveys.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a perfect way into the world of Belle and Sebastian, even if the band spends the second half of the disc trying to redecorate that space.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Illinois is huge, a staggering collection of impeccably arranged American tribute songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    On paper this all could sound average, but Wolf Parade's true talent is transforming the everyday into the unprecedented.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect hybrid of dance and rock music's values as you're likely to ever hear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Nouns is so cacophonous, so fertile, and so ripe with sound that parsing out the samples and effects and various layers of guitar is nearly impossible; besides, it's way more satisfying to just close your eyes and just enjoy it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Yes, this is shit-hot thrilling music. But it's also brainy and ambivalent, and more engaging for it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Here, the band comes into their own by applying their own inspiringly distinctive, bleakly appealing sensibility to whatever ideas happen to move them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Here, it stands behind so many other newly apparent strengths--a testament to the leaps and bounds Longstreth has made as a songsmith and Dirty Projectors have made as a band.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You can feel roots going down and an edifice being built. Her voice has gained depth and she sings with more force and clarity, so that's part of it. And the arrangements are more judicious and draw less attention to themselves (some tracks are just harp, others add horns, strings, and percussion, but with a lighter touch). But the bigger difference seems to be the overall mood, which is expansive and welcoming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Murphy once again shows off his encyclopedic knowledge of all things post-punk and zip-tight. But he's also swimming up some serious stuff himself, including Eno and David Bowie's sacrosanct Berlin trilogy. And against his own prediction, it's far from horrible; it's actually pretty perfect.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    On Sir Lucious Left Foot, Big Boi does something even more difficult: He gives us a great album that sounds nothing like any of the great albums he's already given us. From where I'm sitting, that's an even greater achievement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    We'll never be able to parse every lyric or tease out every technical intricacy - though somebody will probably try - but that is what Halcyon Digest is all about: nostalgia not for an era, not for antiquated technology, but for a feeling of excitement, of connection, of that dumb obsession that makes life worth living no matter how horrible it gets.