Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,922 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:
6,922 music reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Where many concept albums run a high risk of being pompous, cryptic, and self-important, Monáe keeps things playful, lively, and accessible. It's a delicate balancing act, but Monáe and her band pull it off, resulting in an eccentric breakthrough that transcends its novelty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As rewarding as this new album is, it's even more impressive when you consider its context: Crystal Castles may have come on at the tail-end of the blog-house/nu-rave/French-touch mini-rage, but they've now transcended it, moving from scene linchpin to indie stars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nothing Hurts is full of that kind of excitement: the sound of a fast, fuzzy rock band racing from hook to hook, plowing happily through breakdowns and guitar blasts, springing through scrappy melodies with style. It's one of the happiest surprises of the year so far.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Immaculately produced, fantastically sung, and loaded with memorable choruses, this eight-song effort has plenty to please everyone from post-dubstep crate diggers to teen tweeters-- often at the same time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Promise is also a good demonstration of how Springsteen mines his unused songs from material, and shows how many ways he tried to record things before figuring out how they worked best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Magic Place, her first album for Asthmatic Kitty, stands above her earlier work in virtually every way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tomboy is a much more considered record, with thickly layered psych-style production.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What makes this whole thing work in an album context is that all the thematic and sonic pieces fit together-- these weird, morning-after tales of lust, hurt, and over-indulgence ("Bring the drugs, baby, I can bring my pain," goes one refrain) are matched by this incredibly lush, downcast music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Eye Contact-- the group's latest album-- is Gang Gang Dance's finest, weirdest, and most uplifting statement yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Past Life Martyred Saints is a fiercely individual record, made by a musician with a fearless and courageous approach to her art. Crucially, the desire to let such raw emotion out in song never feels forced.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At just over a half hour, Cults feels like the perfect length-- just long enough for the bus ride to school (or to work). But more importantly, it executes what it sets out to do masterfully while allowing the group room to grow and mature.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bakesale add-ons will mostly be of value to those who loved Sebadoh's first few years of all-over-the-place wildness, but it's not as if their second-disc inclusion can dull the parent album's punch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On Watch the Throne, they push each other and have fun doing it, and the result is a stadium-sized event-rap spectacle that still sounds like two insanely talented guys' idiosyncratic vision. That's worth celebrating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    He's brought all his skill to bear on Looping, as composer and arranger and texturologist, in order to build something this simultaneously sweeping and subtle, deep and immediate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Her best music, this album included, has the effect of putting one in the kind of treasured, child-like space--not so much innocent as open to imagination--that never gets old.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Compulsively listenable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The struggle between salvation and damnation has rarely sounded so lively or so gloriously conflicted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fin
    Bursting with color, nostalgic but never retro, easy-going yet slightly unhinged.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On Man With Potential Pete Swanson's ability to encompass many sounds and moods knows few bounds, if any.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Open Your Heart is smartly sequenced to metabolize genre and morph like a masterful DJ mix, subtly rationing out its true peaks even while seemingly going full-throttle throughout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The innovation on R.I.P. is to put as much effort into making things clean as making them dirty, and the result is a sense of contrast: Fog gives way to clarity; fat, puffy synthesizer sounds play off pinprick-sharp ones. Like all good contrasts, it's simple and eureka-like.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spontaneity is woven into the fiber of every track; it's easy to hear how some of them may have begun with the same sounds and patterns before the musicians' hands worked their magic on the filters, EQ, and delay, rendering each take unique and unrepeatable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dopesmoker is an infinitely explorable listen, the kind of record that will goad your attention through miniscule rabbit holes whether or not you're as stoned as the people who made it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Cancer 4 Cure's closest analogue may be Portishead's Third: the textures and tones are distinctly different from past releases, but it's unimaginable that it could be made by anyone else.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Each disc stands on its own as a powerful document; together, they genuinely earn the word "epic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Woody at 100 may be the most successful attempt to capture Guthrie's sprawling essence, but it's hardly the first.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For its breadth and complexity, [Blur 21] actually tells a simple story: Blur are a band that did an astonishing amount of different things really, really well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Their self-titled debut EP for Warp and LuckyMe spans 16 minutes of some of the year's most brazen, positively huge hip-hop sounds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Devotion marries her natural gift with throbbing instrumentation that breathes life into every single turn of phrase or sensitive vocal embellishment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mature Themes is as vital as anything he's ever recorded.