Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,853 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:
6,853 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Per Sunn O)))'s long-standing dogma, "Maximum volume [still] yields maximum results." But this time, there's enough musical range and temperance to usher even the most resolute naysayer into this intricate wonderland.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    As obsessed as Pallbearer is with endings, the music here is timeless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There's never a dull moment across AWLWLB's 38 minutes. It's all peaks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    That Complete Recordings has long gone out of print makes Black Tambourine an essential acquisition for current In the Red, Woodsist, and Slumberland loyalists. And even for old-school adherents, the bonus tracks included warrant a repurchase.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Mellon Collie is a Smashing Pumpkins record that just so happens to be 28 songs in length, stunning in both its stylistic range and overall excellence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It would be foolish, however, to think that you could get through a Nick Cave project this ambitious without a few clunkers. At least here Cave's missteps occur when his reach exceeds his grasp, and the songs that fail manage to do so dramatically rather than boringly. [average of scores of 78 for 'Abattoir' and 74 for 'Orpheus']
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Best of Blur serves as a document for an astonishingly consistent career full of hits over in Britain.... As with any retrospective, the track listing isn't going to please anyone.... Still, it's hard to argue with the material that made it to this record. The disc, though not sequenced in chronological order, covers all facets of Blur's career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The ultimate draw is Antony's voice, and within the first two seconds of the album, it should be very clear to even the most unaware newbies that Antony has an amazing Nina Simone/Brian Ferry/Jimmy Scott vibrato, a multi-octave siren that would sound painfully lovely no matter what he was saying. Lucky for us, he fills that promise with worthy syllables.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fishscale reiterates with cinematic verve that the most vital current Wu Tang Clan member's storytelling can match Biggie's in both excitement and humor. Yet Ghost's songs are unrelenting in their slavishness to density and credibility, and that can turn off casual listeners even as it intoxicates hip-hop purists.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Never before has his music possessed this much majesty, this much command, this much power.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s no doubt a conservative record, maybe even a deeply unfashionable one, but much of its strength lies in the fact that it sounds different from everyone else out there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With all the column inches and message board posts arguing about whether M.I.A. is an opportunist or a clever contextualist, genuine or a fraud, full of good intentions or no specific intentions at all, the closest thing to a truism about Arular is that it's a taut, invigorating distillation of the world's most thrilling music; a celebration of contradictions and aural globalization that recasts the tag "world music" as the ultimate in communicative pop rather than a symbol of condescending piety.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Flying Lotus has the notion that death should be the only limiting factor, and when he's put out a work that wrings beauty out of that very thing, what's the point of fearing anything?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    I'm sure there are kids out there that think Basement Jaxx is great dance music, but the odds are, they don't know much about jungle.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are enough instrumental interludes and understated melodies here to make the record a grower, and it eases into the sunset for much of its back half.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's also a meditation on a complex world, one devoid of the nostalgic innocence preached by the Mike Love-fronted Beach Boys of late, and its remastered, 2xCD Legacy Recordings release- the first CD release of the album since 1991--is astoundingly refreshing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many respects, Leaves Turn Inside You is the band's most ambitious, sweeping, and difficult outing yet.... I'm convinced that, if you've been following this band's development, the initial bewildered expression on your face will give way to total enchantment, and this new, boldly different Unwound album will have you in its grip for months to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What follows is surprisingly full and wide ranging, almost as much as the Bruegel painting that graces the album's cover.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Complex enough to reward repetitive listening and compact enough to encourage it, Blue Record is one of the year's most generous hours.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    You can feel the warmth pouring out of the music.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A flawed, overlong, hypocritical, egotistical, and altogether terrific album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drawbar Organ / Quiet Hour takes that fascination [with dub] and grinds it in the back molars, spitting out something lumpy, infirm, and wonderfully transformed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bored is one of 11 songs on I Love You, Honeybear, an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it's repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You get lost in it, and if you're wired a certain way that mixture of desire and confusion is easy to map on to the wider world. For 22 years, the only way to get there was through Loveless and its associated EPs; now there's another path, one many of us never expected to find.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're not inclined toward acoustic improvisation or unstructured abstraction, Orcutt won't change your mind. But anyone can admire the raw soul of his playing and the way he shoots out ideas in real-time, reacting so quickly it's as if he's creating a new language as he speaks it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yet another leap forward for a band that has constantly pushed itself in new directions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While its peaks fall just a whit short of those on its predecessor, Decoration Day's inward journeys nicely balance out Southern Rock Opera's bombastic expansiveness, and further confirm the Drive-By Truckers' status as the most poetic and insightful Southern rockers in existence today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The album naturally lacks the shock of the new, the jolt of Boy in Da Corner-- instead, it's a consolidation of his strengths, lyrically and sonically, and a more satisfying listen than its predecessor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Bad Seeds sound even edgier and more sophisticated on Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, providing a fitting pulpit for their bandleader's ravings.