Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,793 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:
6,793 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A strong experimental record that draws on Cee-Lo's malleable style of rap... one of the year's strongest hip-hop albums to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The structure is as expansive and freewheeling as any strange trip.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    David Comes to Life is absolutely worth the commitment, a convincing demonstration of what can happen when a band works without limitations.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Gojira's best work to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Modern Jester is Dilloway's War and Peace. It covers practically all of his sonic obsessions, stretching them to lengths at which he can explore every detail and tangent. The result-- seven pieces encompassing four sides of vinyl-- feels like a major statement, even if it's made of wordless, sometimes harsh noise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haw
    Rarely does dark doubt sound quite so inviting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His latest, Way Out Weather, is the fully formed pinnacle of his career.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    OST
    Better to track down this decade's insane explosion of tangents individually than to be given a brief summary by a hit-or-miss marketing device.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Mysterious Production of Eggs might wrestle with unsavory topics, but it does so with a shrug of the shoulders, a wry smile, and a heart full of awe-inspiring song.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It is the Knife's most political, ambitious, accomplished album, but in a strange way it also feels like its most personal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    While it lacks the iconic significance of his debut, BLACKsummers'night is a record more than worthy of Maxwell's talents, because it trades the physical sensuality of his earlier work for a deep emotional resonance, the performance of an artist whose focus and attention to detail gives his expression a singular veracity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Whether bellowed by Philip Cope or sung with witchy intensity by Laura Pleasants, just about every song has a chorus that immediately stamps itself on your brain. In that sense, Spiral Shadow is damn near a pop album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As impressive and uniformly gorgeous a record as Rook is, the band's best work is likely still to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Party Music is an effort both entertaining and politically motivating, a feat which many have attempted but few have successfully pulled off.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best executed Harvey Milk album to date, and one of the most accomplished metal records you'll hear this year.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    What once again prevents Case from delivering a front-to-back classic is a perfectionist streak that accounts for Flood's mannered meticulousness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    By presenting a more rounded portrait of Guthrie in which politics is only one subject among so many, The Complete Mermaid Avenue Sessions shows just what Guthrie was fighting for and provides a persuasive rebuke to anyone who might whittle the man down to just one dimension.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    All these lurches and groans and crashes and bangs and stutters and roars come together to form one consistently rousing, emotionally immediate whole. From them to you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    So Beautiful or So What can be stodgy in its emotions and a bit too devoted to its motifs, but there's something humanizing about the album's shortcomings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A Victim of Stars doesn't offer much to anyone already immersed in that world. For everyone else this is an engaging scratch at the surface of a wide-open mind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Released today, it instead feels like a staggering transformation and a return to form that was never lost, an ideal adaptation by a group that many people didn't know they needed to hear again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In the process of recording another incredible album, he's discovered that light is most visible when it's flickering alone in the dark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Holopaw's cover art and Depression-era script logo might be indie-folk standard issue, but the music contained within is a refreshing, effective new use of the boundaries: a wood-paneled Powerbook.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Girls Can Tell is more mature and accomplished, but at the expense of the spark of spontaneity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fans of Stott's labelmates Demdike Stare, and all the other goth-n-screw artists out there at the moment, will be happy to gnaw on these bones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impossible Truth is Tyler's second richly satisfying and absorbing record of solo guitar in three years.