Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,518 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 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
6,518 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues' analytical and inquisitive nature never tips into self-indulgence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's deeply refreshing to hear an artist who exudes such depth and consideration.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's both epilogue and prologue, yet these songs retain their own specific flavor, as R.E.M. map the borders between small clubs and large venues, between underground and mainstream, between rhythm and melody, between outrage and hope. That in-between quality still sounds invigorating so many years later.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is music that digs deeper and burrows beneath the level of shared associations to discover the sparkling emotional potential of carefully arranged vibrations moving through the air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is probably the most uplifting album of his career... Exhilarating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The duo taps into a power greater than itself to address impossibly vast and elemental topics-- friendship, lust, revenge, art, self-actualization-- with songs every bit as big.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The band's least ornate batch of songs to date builds upon Longstreth's most direct and identifiable lyrics ever. Which means that Dirty Projectors have upped their emotional and structural accessibility all at once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This album sounds every bit as absurd, chaotic, and exhilarating as it did 14 years ago.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Every sound is lovingly recorded and given a cradle of space.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If it doesn’t quite show the knack for experimentation and variety hinted at via Inspiration, Wings is a quietly amazing document of Otis’ doggged determination over the quarter century between leaving the business and the first Inspiration reissue.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The record will remain, something that channels the past but sounds like little else right now, an album about rediscovery that's situated in the constantly-shifting present.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Beyoncé seized the powers of a medium characterized by its short attention span to force the world to pay attention. Leave it to the posterchild of convention to brush convention aside and leave both sides feeling victorious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    They’ve made the first record of their career that feels like it might teach you something over time. It is rare, and special, for a band to be this effortlessly and completely themselves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album is loaded with songs whose greatness is revealed slowly, where the simplest, most understated chord change can blow a track wide open and elevate it from simply pretty to absolutely devastating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The appeal of the Miles at the Fillmore material is obvious: This is an amazing band and they rip, but they never leave traditional ideas of rhythm and melody behind.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Definitely Maybe is the sound of people who feel like they need to scream to be heard—and even then, the chances of anyone actually listening seems depressingly unlikely. And yet, not wholly impossible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The title of this album is a challenge as well, as How to Dress Well’s modern masterpiece is conducted with the most eternal transparency--Krell asks “what is this heart” and lets you look right into his own.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
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    FKA twigs is not a masterful lyricist, at least not yet; some of her couplets feel clunky, like she's grasping in the dark for rhymes and coming up with the objects closest to hand ("If the flame gets blown out and you shine/ I will know that you cannot be mine"). But when she zeroes in on the essence of a thing, she hits hard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    No matter your feelings on the mic work, though, you can't help but notice the musical talent at play here, be it in the unusual song structures or the unobtrusive, color-adding use of the organ behind Dante DeCaro's unpredictable chords.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The least bullshitting, most accomplished and first consistently great release from Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Ghost have emerged as one of the most formidable (and important) rock bands I know. And Hypnotic Underworld is their rollicking masterwork.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Blueprint is possibly the least sonically inventive hip-hop chart topper in years-- stunning and captivating for sure, but still loungily comfortable enough to sleep to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Suffice to say, Menomena are a hugely creative band, and with I Am the Fun Blame Monster, they've managed to make an album that's extremely accessible yet entirely unconventional.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    To what some chortle is a limited palette, the Clientele adds some new instrumentation-- steel and Spanish guitar, field recordings, violin, chimes-- to create a dense yet rich tapestry of hazy pop, like Felt at their most impressionistic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Though they certainly do their fair share of sampling, they tend to use fragments as a means of fleshing out the battling, overdriven guitars, triumphant trumpet lines, and drum assaults that seem to break through walls with the barreling force of a thousand Kool-Aid men.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I'm Wide Awake weaves the personal and the political more fluidly than most singers even care to try, and the consummate tunefulness just strengthens those moments where he pinches a nerve.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cam's flow is a thing of beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This stuff would sound great behind just about any garage-rock hack, but it turns Finn's dirtbag chronicles into something epic and huge and molten and beautiful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Behind this happy clash of stylistic preferences is a subtly but surely revivified Malkmus, confident to experiment more deliberately than ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Beyond production, Grizzly Bear have stepped up their songwriting in every way, assembling melodies that proceed in a logical fashion but never sound overused or overly familiar. Yellow House is a much better record than we could rightfully have expected from these guys, better, even, than we could have imagined them making.