Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 8,394 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Metal Box [Super Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
8394 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Catharsis is Stickles' fuel, and The Monitor is a 65-minute endorsement of angst and opposition as the best way to present that combustible sorrow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album sounds ridiculously heavy, with many songs-- including the gurgling "I'm Slowly Turning Into You" and the Dusty Springfield cover "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself"-- easily trumping their studio counterparts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    High Violet is the sound of a band taking a mandate to be a meaningful rock band seriously, and they play the part so fully that, to some, it may be off-putting. But these aren't mawkish, empty gestures; they're anxious, personal songs projected onto wide screens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The combination of the music's essentials-- jackhammer riffs clipped from punk and metal, mid-tempo beats from hip-hop and electro, and supremely catchy sing-song melodies-- is striking on its own, sounding remarkably fresh and unlike anything else right now. But an even greater source of the record's appeal is how it doesn't sound especially referential.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Love Remains, because of its construction, feels like music that comes from inside, as if the act of listening completes it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With Body Talk, Robyn ups the ante for pop stars across the radio dial and raises her own chances of appearing on yours. And for all her three-album talk, she never forgets that cardinal rule of showmanship: Always leave them wanting more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If Broken Dreams Club is indeed an honest glimpse of what's ahead, it sounds as though Girls have much more to give.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This reissue of Peace Sells, celebrating a quarter century of Megadeth's second but first truly great album, is probably more a sop to those diehards than anything else, but if it turns one curious party into a convert then it's worth it, even in this time of bald cash-grab reissue ugliness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Real Estate have such a knack for classic-sounding melody that every song quickly engages on a musical gut level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Parallax feels like a more complete work than any other Atlas Sound record, with the differences between the songs less distinct and everything flowing together more naturally.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Drexciya reissue rightly returns the spotlight to the original electro's signature rhythms and analog palette.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Never before has his music possessed this much majesty, this much command, this much power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Death Grips appeals to the knuckle-dragging troglodyte and the smirking smart kid in us: thick-headed goonery and bookish, viscera-free nerdiness, making beautifully misanthropic music together.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's not just a collection of hits; it's an album, one that gives the project's familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's one thing to be heavy, and it's another thing to be hooky, but Slaughterhouse is the rare garage-rock album to do both so well simultaneously.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's the headphones album of the year from a producer with a long history who has come into his own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Though the songs themselves are wonderful, that's the powerful source Powers taps into here: if you feel like the dark center of the universe or simply need a little space, Wondrous Bughouse obliges.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Excavation gains power from gathering a little dust for a while, becoming a dark treat to occasionally sink into.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album cuts through a world of chatter and distraction because it practices what it preaches, transmitting its message directly through the primal, bone-rattling force of its songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Power and Hung have made either the year's most introverted party album or the most expansive loner's album; either way, there are few albums this year that offer this much space to get lost in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It sounds quite good, another weird and sloppy record from a guy who released a lot of them. And hearing it again with all the fantastic music that surrounded it, music that further cements Dylan’s Bootleg Series as one of the most important archival projects in modern pop history, it remains a beguiling artifact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
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    It's the humblest and most powerful wish I've heard on a record all year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cupid's Head is a dark, exquisitely detailed album that rewards patience and further cements the Field's reputation as one of modern electronic music's most satisfying auteurs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Once again, though, Baldi is simply unwilling or unable to stop writing hook-filled songs, rendering Here and Nowhere Else even more tense and thrillingly conflicted than its predecessor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For as much ground as he covers on It's Album Time, the music feels effortless, gliding from Henry Mancini-esque detective jazz to bouncy, Stevie Wonder funk like breeze blowing through the waffle weave of a leisure suit. Conventional wisdom bears out: The looser the grip, the tighter the hold.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Syro contains some of his most tactile music; it’s a headphone record par excellence, an hour-long feast for the ears.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The sequencing shapes the album beautifully, creating a sense of emotional fatigue while only hinting vaguely at redemption. Thematically, however, that cycle implies a romantic fatalism, as though every relationship is doomed to end painfully. That’s what makes Gentlemen at 21 such a compelling and necessary reissue, even if the album has never been terribly hard to find.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s a playful, fantastical response to some serious life changes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album has the particular aliveness of music being created and torn from a group at this very moment--tempered, but with the wild-paced abandon that comes with being caged and then free.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite the wide scope of her project, Herndon’s ambitious efforts are appealingly multifaceted and personal, and Platform may turn out to be the most thought-provoking experimental electronic music release of the year.