Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,788 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:
6,788 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most of Lost and Safe is pleasant enough but not much more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Excavation gains power from gathering a little dust for a while, becoming a dark treat to occasionally sink into.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a portrait of this ageless artist as a truly young man, Sugar Mountain is an invaluable document--and a pretty compelling one, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Instead of coming from noise and chaos, they're rooted in pastiche and show business-- especially on their one midtempo song, the 50s pop knockoff "Find Another Girl." Your parents might dig this album as much as you do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Abstract, yet brutally honest, Burma shame the transparent, insecure and phony, reminding us that ideals can be standards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Given its fragmented genesis, it's surprising how listenable and of-a-piece Fall Be Kind is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Even the most direct songs here have a precision craftsmanship rarely heard in something that is still, at heart, a rock album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feels is an excellent record, one that, despite a more conventional approach, happens to get better over time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Its curious track listing is split between a disc of Wyatt-as-frontman and a disc of Wyatt-as-guest.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Alpha plays like a clearinghouse more than a finely-edited set but, largely thanks to its bevy of well-chosen live tracks, its sidelong view of Wilco is worth a peek.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Each fluorescent strike of noise, incongruous tempo flip, and warped vocal is bolted into its right place across the record's fast 40 minutes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ten deserved better than Ten Redux and the paltry bonus tracks. Fortunately, the reissue also includes a DVD of Pearl Jam's 1992 performance on "MTV Unplugged".
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Through whatever process they use, the band has also managed to create yet another wonderfully singular indie rock record, unafraid of unfettered passion or self-sabotage, and which affirms a shrouded, hybrid style as unquestionably theirs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Blues is as thoughtfully and carefully constructed as either of Matsson's albums, revealing the nuances of his sound and subtly putting the lie to the notion that he needs anything besides his weathered voice and beat-up guitar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The tendency to descend into new age goo is still present, and Takk, like all of Sigur Rós' discography, is not for the viscerally-minded. Regardless, the record is more than just meaningless wisps.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anyone expecting a revival of the Delfonics sound we all know and love very well may walk away disappointed. Taken on its own terms, though, the record works.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    He's an excellent pop craftsman who knows how to turn the power up for maximum effect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
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    For the most part, the tracks hang together and flow relatively well, orbiting the shimmering dreampop mass that serves as the record's unstated inspiration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the rest of pop culture infantilizes itself with cussing puppets and manufactured bands who willfully dangle like marionettes, Waits is serving up vintage brittle fusion and somehow breaking the law of diminishing returns. [Review of both Alice and Blood Money]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even in falling short of Jay's classics, Reasonable Doubt and 2001's The Blueprint, it manages to eclipse 1999's brilliant Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter as his third-best album-- which in itself still makes it one of the year's best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    My issue with Copia-- the thing that keeps this record from greatness-- is Cooper's approach to piano.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Serpent & the Sphere reveals a familiar Agalloch that you’ve never quite heard--evermore patient, risky and, mostly, free of fault.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Somehow, The Worse Things Get is Case’s tightest record and also her strangest. With its off-kilter arrangements and eccentric turns of phrase, it’s a world unto itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Crucial parts of the album don't sound as intriguing today as they once did-- namely, all of the voices.... On the other hand, the rhythm tracks still kick ass 10 ways to Sunday.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Burn Your Fire for No Witness conjures the past without ever imitating it, swirling its influences into something intimate, impressionistic and new.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The second Bangs & Works is a marked improvement over its predecessor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    There is a unique magic to the sounds of the Sahara. Imidiwan captures that magic with skillful grace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Winsomely balancing frivolity and gravity, the Decemberists assemble an oddball menagerie of the usual rogues and rascals, soldiers and criminals, lovers and baby butchers-- but they've got a lot more tricks up their sleeves than previous albums had hinted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The officially released version of Extraordinary Machine remains a decent-to-good album, one that showcases Apple's considerable vocal and key-pounding talents.... The shame of it all is that Apple, after six years of silence, could've made a more definitive, progressive statement rather than something familiar and similar-- and we've got the bootlegs to prove it.