Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,788 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:
6,788 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The songs here are almost all identical: polyrhythmic miniatures built by small drums and shakers, clouded by blankets of echo and reverb; deliberately basic structures; short, and in their own way, catchy and pretty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is the type of record this band is suited to making, and it richly rewards repeat listening--details and melodies that seem buried or understated eventually come to fore, slowly revealed in a mixture of organic warmth, welcome variety, and subtle complexity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Skeleton's flaws are few and often obscured by the album's mixing: Vidal's vocal adds an additional rhythmic layer, but his lyrical work is interesting enough to be more pronounced and less muddied.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The farther they wander, the more magnetic they become.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Laulu connotes this youth, motion, and playfulness in various states of repair and construction, and it does so by alternating well-formed, multi-faced pop songs with abstract head-scratchers, each component as warmly evocative and strangely necessary as the last.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's obsessive and choppy. It's playful. It's gleefully oblivious of when to shut up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Forget the technicalities and call it what it is: a messy, glorious, and cohesive artistic document of internet café-era indie life that sounds best when sung by heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ambitious and complex, it's stuffed with cocooning harmonies and shimmering, sunlight-smacking-the-Pacific melodies--a languid, easy West Coast record (think Randy Newman or SMiLE), infused with classic East Coast anxiety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Most of all, it's Díaz-Reixa's intuitive feel for rhythm that marks out Alegranza! as such an unusual and enticing listening experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The result is a collection of songs so taut and concisely resonant as to be psalms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The tracks currently being dusted off in his archive, however, have so far been dependably strong, despite being mostly unfinished tracks of incredible musical variety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As much as I'm looking forward to the next one from Ira, Georgia, and James proper, it's gonna have to work awfully hard to match the effortless blast that is Fuckbook.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The results are as free-wheeling and inspired as the group has sounded in years-- Super-er and Furrier.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Maturity is a central concept to Camera Obscura--Campbell's found it in her singing, but in her lyrics, the search continues. The asymmetries in her personality give her songs their distinct character.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Their equipment may be largely restricted to percussion, vocals, and the occasional embellishment of keyboard, but their ability to fully eclipse these limitations and create music with a strong improvisational pulse and so much vitality is a no small feat, and proves that they are continuing to experiment in magnificent, dynamic ways.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is terminally catchy music played with punk's enthusiasm and velocity, and maybe it's the fact that there's only two dudes in this band that makes you feel like joining in to bash along.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Dragonslayer is a lither, more athletic Sunset record--easier to like, easier to understand.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Ambivalence Avenue is an excellent album by any measure, Bibio deserves extra credit for venturing outside of his established comfort zone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    King of Jeans successfully consolidates these two strengths, harnessing the earlier record's sometimes directionless fire-extinguisher splatter into shake-appealing rock action, and cohering Korvette's ramblings into a more complete picture of wage-slave misanthropy and alpha-male inadequacy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite Woods' humble production values and their fondness for living room ambiance, Songs of Shame has that almost subliminal ability to make one want to move in to listen more closely.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite the looseness and the grab-bag approach, the best of the songs on Unmap feel right as rain, like these weird mash-ups were there all along, just waiting to be discovered.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a first salvo, though, it's pretty hard to fault; if vintage disco, classic house, and gurning Euro house are up your street, this is as happy-making as it gets.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ashes Grammar draws you in by offering outstanding moments in strange contexts; you'll re-listen to hear specific pieces even though you're unable to remember exactly when and how they occur.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These 38 meticulously prepared minutes offer dozens of memorable moments. They just demand that you listen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes Losing Feeling so solid is how it begins and ends.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Why There Are Mountains ends up being like any great result of wanderlust--here, the journey is the end not the means; fortunately, that gives Why There Are Mountains astounding replay value.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A record of achingly gorgeous dance-pop that captures both the joy of nostalgia and the melancholic sense that we're grasping for good times increasingly out of reach.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Romance Is Boring smacks of that feeling, knowing more than before but still trying to hash out just where to go with it. It's fun watching bands grow; it's been a pleasure watching this band grow up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    At 70 minutes, Black Noise is a big, dense listen but also the kind of album that rewards investment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You get the feel of two of the world's greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future. It is not challenging music. Anyone can approach it easily, and it is the perfect initiation to Touré's talents for listeners who haven't yet heard him.