Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,487 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 Isn't Anything [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 0 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
6,487 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Some of the most propulsive, ferocious music of the year as well as some of the most poignant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, this is Les Savy Fav's defining album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Throughout Cedars, Clearlake continually find beauty in melancholy and melancholy behind beauty, while raising your hairs in reverence with occasional guitar squalls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Insanely catchy '60s- inspired pop music in addition to sound collages, field recordings, drony ambience, cathartic noise, and outlandish production that makes Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" look like a cubicle divider.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One Word Extinguisher shows a range of emotional grappling usually foreign to instrumental hip-hop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While Quality may lack the basement charms of [departed producer DJ Hi-]Tek's finest, it more than compensates by employing a funkier and more upbeat sound palate to further draw out the nuances of what is already one of the most rounded and complete rap personas in the game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Strokes are not deities. Nor are they "brilliant," "awe-inspiring," or "genius." They're a rock band, plain and simple. And if you go into this record expecting nothing more than that, you'll probably be pretty pleased.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Burn, Piano Island, Burn balances so perfectly between commercial appeal and untainted creativity that it's as if the band have been digitally inserted atop a mountain no man could conceivably climb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Blur have finally found a sound to match their name.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    That Skinner is able to coax so much from a cliché-heavy, 50-minute examination of solipsism and self-pity is a tribute to his ability to reflect and illuminate life's detail.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like all lasting records, Franz Ferdinand steps up to the plate and boldly bangs on the door to stardom. There's no consideration for what trends have just come and gone. There's no waffling or concessions for people who won't get it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's playing the same old marshall vs shady real-or-fake game as usual and its as interesting and complex as it ever was.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An uncompromising, energetic monster of a record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Remarkably intricate and razor sharp compositions... more accessible than anything he's done before, yet it surpasses them insofar has he has shown the beginnings of a total sonic mastery of each subtle aspect of a work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    None of Smith's previous records-- and in fact, very few indie releases this year-- have flat-out rocked like this one, with blaring trumpets signaling snares to exact their force beneath sweeping multitracked vocal choruses that simply won't stop crescendoing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Maybe that's why this album has such an incredible pull: It doesn't make an atmosphere so much as a space to spend time in, and Adebimpe doesn't become a narrator so much as a witness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album that's sonically deep, dark, and one of 2006's finest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lush, melancholic, gregarious, generous, both precise and a little bit unhinged--this is the most original American dance album in a long while.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The canniness of Album's production choices and the scuzzy depression of the lyrics and the gut-level songwriting instincts, along with everything else about the record, add up to something elusive and fascinating--maybe even heartbreaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Above all else, it's the best M83 record yet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "Bloom" is also what these 10 songs do, each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While there's no question that Grizzly Bear's last two records have sounded gorgeous, critics of the band have wondered if that's enough. Shields, the band's fourth and most compositionally adventurous record, should put those concerns to bed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You get lost in it, and if you're wired a certain way that mixture of desire and confusion is easy to map on to the wider world. For 22 years, the only way to get there was through Loveless and its associated EPs; now there's another path, one many of us never expected to find.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Surrey duo have not only made 2013's best dance record so far--they've also concocted one of the most assured, confident debuts from any genre in recent memory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fake Train and New Plastic Ideas hold important places in the history of 90s music, not to mention those of punk and indie as a whole. And they set the tone for unimagined Unwound greatness to come (which will be chronicled in subsequent volumes of the box-set series). But those two albums, and the tracks that accompany them on Rat Conspiracy, transcend time, place, attitude, and even the sprawling continuum of influence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many respects, Leaves Turn Inside You is the band's most ambitious, sweeping, and difficult outing yet.... I'm convinced that, if you've been following this band's development, the initial bewildered expression on your face will give way to total enchantment, and this new, boldly different Unwound album will have you in its grip for months to come.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Out Hud also back up their flash with remarkable substance, setting their music apart from anything as one-dimensional as standard club offerings or moody trance cuts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Profound, innovative, and absolutely vital.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song contains its own small epiphany, but they never quite add up to the one big sweeping epiphany that you'd hope for.