Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,416 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Exile On Main Street [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
6,416 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Masta Killa has delivered one the most urgent, straightforward Wu releases since the group's debut over a decade ago.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Simply put, this album sounds absolutely huge, its relentless attention to detail eclipsed only by the stunning emotional power it conveys.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However convoluted things get, you still wanna pump fist and bang head, even if you're not always sure when you should be doing so.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lush, melancholic, gregarious, generous, both precise and a little bit unhinged--this is the most original American dance album in a long while.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Young Man in America, is just as ambitious [as her last release, Hadestown], but it's more intimate and accessible than its predecessor, focused on the textures of everyday life and the odd, stirring power of Mitchell's voice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the risk of overstating the case, Life Is People--the work of a 69-year-old family man, and the work of a lifetime--confirms its maker's own thesis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    His restless style makes each piece sound three-dimensional, as shards of songs pass each other in a storm of string activity. It makes for exhilarating, sometimes exhausting listening. But it also makes for music that, though it hints at structure, never sounds predictable and rarely settles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Estudando o Pagode is an impressive album, musically, conceptually, and lyrically, and the cast of musicians and singers Zé assembled delivers on his singular vision.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Her pop fun is a bit knowing-- she's 26 after all. But trust the Swedes. They know what they're doing with this sort of thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This stuff would sound great behind just about any garage-rock hack, but it turns Finn's dirtbag chronicles into something epic and huge and molten and beautiful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The songs, interludes, pacing and sequencing are all as they should be, helping to make Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Califone's best record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    BSP's performance art antics and throwback posturing come with a distinct set of innovations and surprises, and The Decline of British Sea Power proves that BSP have the song-power to back up their bullshit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Their best album to date-- a bold claim to the upper echelon of rock.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This record explodes with song after song of endlessly replayable, perfect pop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yeah, it's a fun album, and it's probably the most affable thing they've done so far together. But don't take that for a weakness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a career overview Minimum-Maximum far surpasses The Mix. This record's "importance" in the Kraftwerk story is up for debate, but there's no question it's a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's respectful of tradition, quietly ambitious, and deeply personal, a wonderfully considered album from an artist who was starting to seem a lot like a forgotten gem in the wake of mishandled promotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It’s expansive and ambitious, and divorced of all the tweedy preening and aw-shucks raggediness the idea of “folk” has accumulated in recent years. It's dark, it’s angry, it’s even sexy, in a sly, subtle way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Though they certainly do their fair share of sampling, they tend to use fragments as a means of fleshing out the battling, overdriven guitars, triumphant trumpet lines, and drum assaults that seem to break through walls with the barreling force of a thousand Kool-Aid men.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    As when the biggest guy in the bar has your back, Vee Vee is filled with extra spittle and bottomless bravado.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    We'll never be able to parse every lyric or tease out every technical intricacy - though somebody will probably try - but that is what Halcyon Digest is all about: nostalgia not for an era, not for antiquated technology, but for a feeling of excitement, of connection, of that dumb obsession that makes life worth living no matter how horrible it gets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its obviously short shelf-life, Welcome Interstate Managers is delicious power-pop, unpretentious, loose and perfect for teenagers driving down to Ocean City for the weekend.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With its subtly joyous tones and lustrous songwriting, 'Sno Angel Like You turns out to be a labor of love with endless rewards.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's the headphones album of the year from a producer with a long history who has come into his own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The live album (recorded in Stockholm in 1994) and disc of rarities and demos put the finished product in context, while the array of EPs show off the wide stylistic range of everything the Breeders could do well.