Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,908 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:
6,908 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These two releases [Gish and Siamese Dream] still resonate, as both a nostalgia fix underscoring how it was so easy to fall for Smashing Pumpkins in the first place, and as the best introductions to their music any newcomer could want.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Being from her country means contending with the legacies of some of West Africa’s most internationally successful artists; at this point, I’d say Traoré fits comfortably alongside her forbears.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    But while the album is stylistically and sonically brilliant, it still suffers from the primary flaw of the band's four previous albums: Their songwriting hasn't made the same leap as their chops.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Creek Drank the Cradle is made of small epiphanies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Voices From the Lake is a triumph of care and exactitude, the kind of well-executed work of art that feels effortless despite its obvious complexity.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Even if we're not taken by the subject matter, we're taken by how beautifully and personally Sufjan is taken by it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Kala is clattering, buzzy, and sonically audacious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Phantom Power sees the down-to-earth Welsh band moving away from genre-hopping and rough juxtapositions, and beginning to blend their influences into an evenly spread melange that simply sounds like a highly evolved pop band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Part Lies makes a good case that their later period has value too, and that the group had raised the bar so high for themselves that merely being very good could be interpreted as a failure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every song on this singles/rarities set, for better or worse (and I’d argue it’s much more for the better), even the cover of Joy Division’s "Disorder", is instantly identifiable as Bedhead. They staked out the boundaries of an aesthetic, and they were not particularly wide boundaries; differences between their albums are subtle. But they explored every inch of terrain inside of them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Their peppy, gleeful, headstrong guitar pop sounds a hell of a lot like yesteryear's Britpop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A formula ain't necessarily a bad thing: Think of it as a carefully considered training technique, designed to flex and strengthen certain sonic muscles in aid of achieving ever more impressive results.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On Let England Shake, Harvey is not often upfront or forceful; her lyrics, though, are as disturbing as ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect hybrid of dance and rock music's values as you're likely to ever hear.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As a whole, though, Surgical Steel succeeds brilliantly in its return-to-form mission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With Body Talk, Robyn ups the ante for pop stars across the radio dial and raises her own chances of appearing on yours. And for all her three-album talk, she never forgets that cardinal rule of showmanship: Always leave them wanting more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The relative warmth and light here gives the music a nostalgic cast, which was at the heart of what made Endless Summer so memorable, but Bécs also possesses an added layer that doesn’t necessarily work in its favor. Fennesz once illuminated the beauty of a digitally scrambled memory, but Bécs is a memory of a digitally scrambled memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One Word Extinguisher shows a range of emotional grappling usually foreign to instrumental hip-hop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    More than simply an expression of her music, Time (The Revelator) is a glimpse into the artist's personality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The vocals: a cloying, toying mix of insouciant sass and arty call-and-response jabs, all delivered with an unhinged sense of preening and play. That's pretty much the Method Actors method condensed, and it plays out to deliriously rewarding and consistent effect on a CD that collects songs recorded from 1980 to 1981.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This unguarded, individualistic expression encourages strong identification in listeners, so don't be surprised if this record earns Garbus a very earnest and intense cult following.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Delineated acts aside, the disc maintains a certain sonic consistency, carefully balancing discord with grace; the structure does pay off, however--particularly the first two-thirds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This album is an affirmation of global connectivity and an emerging global culture that transcends and repurposes tradition as it sees fit--the sound of Mali merging with the world at large.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A warm, intimate debut album that leaves space for darker contemplation—those stray thoughts that light you up at the end of the night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Are We There may be her most present-tense album to date, her most immediate and urgent--the peak of a steady upward trajectory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a rare thing for an album to have such a strong sense of what it wants to be. Bon Iver is about flow, from one scene and arrangement and song and memory and word into the next-- each distinct but connected-- all leading to "Beth/Rest".
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    What makes How I Got Over work is its sense of purpose. After the jaw-clenching stress rap of their last two excellent Def Jam releases, Game Theory and Rising Down, this record operates as a slow-build mission statement on how to overcome.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If ever an album rewarded repeated listening, it's this one.