Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,851 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:
6,851 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The lyrics are wrung out with the same shaved-down discipline as the music, where nothing ever topples over into over-wrought emoting. Despite this rigid adherence to restraint, much of this material proves to be emotionally affecting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Rips mostly finds the band walking away from Timony's established voice and pushing toward something more direct and energetic--embracing the past, but also blowing things up and starting again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Pretty Toney far surpasses 2001's Bulletproof Wallets, finally finding the missing link between street cred and commercial respect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The more anthemic crowd-pleasing numbers littered throughout The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree boast such endlessly repeated refrains as "Hey/ It's the Sun/ And it makes me Shine," which lose a lot of their appeal when taken out of their natural habitat (the live setting) and placed between your headphones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is a bold and inventive work, brimming with ideas and sublime moments of brilliance. But it's also unfocused and top-heavy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    1966 is one more piece to a puzzle that will never be complete--which is of course how Dalton herself would have had it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For the first time, Kozelek has put out an album whose meticulous sequencing yields more than just a random scattershot collection of great songs, but rather a complete cohesive musical statement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The results are as free-wheeling and inspired as the group has sounded in years-- Super-er and Furrier.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A deliriously ambitious record packed with neo-psych lullabies and swooning choruses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Earthless are incredibly indulgent, sometimes to a fault, but they’re much too excitable to be called selfish or masturbatory. The dudes are once again just riffing here. It’s a trip worth taking, at least a few times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Street Horrrsing" was a great record, but Tarot Sport is a cut above. Perhaps surprisingly, it's also a welcoming album--and one of the best of this already fruitful year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Disbanded in their prime before they grew stale or flat, they still feel pregnant with promise, tantalizingly unfinished; like an actor cut down in youth, they've remained an irresistible lure to the imagination of pop romantics ever since.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Our Love is a very assured record, from its unconventional, austere arrangements to its unrelenting focus and thematic consistency.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Heavy Ghost is, in Stith's words, "more like life:" sometimes challenging, sometimes confusing, but, in the end, rewarding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Do Make Say Think have presented us with their best work yet, a varied and unpredictable album capable of imparting the chill of the winter and the warmth of celebratory joy to you without ever presenting you with a human voice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Everything is intricately wrought and calculated, perhaps in an overly accommodating response to fears of linearity. This fashionable awareness lends an almost palpable weight to the sound. It succeeds in adding depth and texture to the album, but sometimes overshoots the mark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Shepherd's Dog is Iron & Wine's most diverse and progressive album yet, a deft transition to a very different sound that explores new territory while preserving the best aspects of Beam's earlier recordings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Listen to Multiply once and you'll be struck by how reverent it is; listen to it three times and you'll start to notice the microscopic digital artifacts and subtle tweaks that give it personality and pop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Electric isn't quite electrifying in the way that Very and Introspective and "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" are, but nearly every track has a moment or two that ignites seemingly long-gone enthusiasm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A U R O R A can be heard as Frost’s attempt to create something physical, and it stands above the rest of his discography.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As was the case with "Popular Demand" and even the split he did with Fat Ray from earlier this year, you get the odd feeling that Milk put his heart into his work, and yet it feels slightly impersonal, save for the career summary 'Long Story Short.'
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Along with the more lived-in sonics, Modern Vampires has the band taking a leap forward into emotional directness. Koenig and Batmanglij truly seem of one mind here, as the vocals and music interact with each other in an effortless flow.