Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,785 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:
6,785 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The slate of beats on Cilvia Demo unites into a consistently immersive, complete album package that's just as ruminative as the lyrics.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Home, Like NoPlace Is There is emotionally relentless, but a relentlessly catchy record as well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The album finally makes good on the post-punk and metal influences that have forever lingered at the edges of Wovenhand’s output.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Are We There may be her most present-tense album to date, her most immediate and urgent--the peak of a steady upward trajectory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    He’s strip-mined one thing he loves in order to drive another. In doing so, he’s found a wonderful, unexpected kind of combustion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The soul of Shabazz Palaces is pairing next-gen sounds with classic brass-tacks show-and-prove emceeing, and Lese Majesty tugs those extremes as far as they've ever been pulled; that it never shows signs of wear speaks to the strength of the bond.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A sprawling, complex, and fascinating document of American indie rock.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    As immersive and deep as the lake around which it revolves, Meshes of Voice adds a new dimension to the output of both its makers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    YOB’s latest record stands as one of their densest, so it's good that the band's greatest asset, their impeccable pacing, remains intact.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Go-Betweens' endless enthusiasm for their own work is what propelled them out of that Brisbane bedroom in the first place, and the richness of context that this box provides makes it a deeper pleasure than its component albums are on their own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's the first good 2002 album I've heard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you think intelligence in indie lyrics must come at the expense of coherence, take in a couple of these impeccably linear narratives.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    At 45 minutes, Can Our Love... is Tindersticks' most concise album yet, and it sacrifices nothing in content. Eight songs may not seem like much for a full album, but it's all this band needs to make a fully rewarding listen that only gets richer the more you visit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    That the archaic should sound this fresh is at least a mini-miracle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    From the first song it sounds rich and original.... It's as major a step as you'd expect-- really, as you'd demand-- from someone like Why?, not only for its sheer inventiveness, but the continuity that turns these lyrical snapshots into moving portraits.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Creek Drank the Cradle is made of small epiphanies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Sumday is all glorious, throbbing heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Do Make Say Think have presented us with their best work yet, a varied and unpredictable album capable of imparting the chill of the winter and the warmth of celebratory joy to you without ever presenting you with a human voice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Those expecting the dense, powerful, and insistently upbeat onslaught of Mass Romantic will no doubt react to Electric Version with some degree of initial disappointment. Repeated listens, however, reveal that Electric Version not only displays Carl Newman's brilliant and unique pop sensibility, but allows it enough space to reveal previously obstructed layers of emotional depth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Murs' strongest all-around album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Phrenology completely realizes The Roots' talents and potential, maintaining its cohesiveness despite its many disparate elements.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    There's also the fact that you won't hear another record like it this year, possibly ever-- all the comparisons that can be made to Tom Waits, Lambchop, Grandaddy and Vic Chesnutt will only tell a small part of the story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Though reference points like Daft Punk and Prince have rightly been thrown around, Radical Connector is in fact a strange album that doesn't sound like much else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Do some of the more standard-issue runs seem a bit labored? They do.... But the emotion buzzing out of these songs keeps a great number of them stunning, like indie-friendly versions of scores from period epics or superhero movies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Earle's music doesn't simply mirror the transcendence of its creator; it lends transcendence to the listener as well, as all excellent music will. But what truly makes this one of Earle's best records is that he refuses to be pulled down by musical decisions. It's as if he never faced a problem of whether or not to add this or that instrument, or to veer off in this or that direction. He simply had the idea and went with it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The tracks on The Concretes are easily their most accomplished, fluid statement to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Primal Scream have always understood the power of a groove and a lyrical grenade. Their entire career reaches a melting point on the raw, caustic Exterminator.... The album has its shortcomings. "Keep Your Faith" and "Insect Royalty" dip a bit too much into the more sentimental song-based style of the last record, Vanishing Point, and "Swastika Eyes" needs no reprise. But the fighting spirit keeps Primal Scream ahead of the pack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In its punchy production and eagerness to mix hard rock with boppy little guitar leads and cheeky catchy choruses, Kiss & Tell is a direct throwback to that fertile crossroads between thickheaded 70s AOR and the pop/new-wave nexus of the early 1980s.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    With an open approach to queer sexuality and radical politics, The Smell of Our Own offers an alternative to the saccharine teen spirit we're so used to sniffing. It's a sensual celebration of stinky, real-life sexuality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    More than simply an expression of her music, Time (The Revelator) is a glimpse into the artist's personality.