Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 8,555 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Liquid Swords [The Chess Box]
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
8555 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Florine feels bracingly intimate and original, in its hieroglyphic way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Field Songs is Whitmore's seventh full length (not counting a collection of demos in 1999), and stylistically, it's right in step with his previous albums.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
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    Somewhere underneath all the high-gloss, ornamental swirlies and lacquered doilies are haphazardly camouflaged well-written songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    While Primrose Green is a great statement for a '70s freak-folk cosplayer, I just hope it’s not a career-defining one for Walker.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Most rewardingly and remarkably, Nudes, Singles & Backsides manages to present a fairly detailed portrait of an artist who found himself suddenly back on the pop music margins.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The music evolves so gradually, it's easy to find yourself wondering how you've wound up at a given point; there's a sense of traveling without moving, of zooming in and out between broad strokes and pinpoint details, toggling between distracted reverie and close attention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    You might find it too retro, or just not hip enough, but there is zero second-guessing on Avery's part: never does he glance over his shoulder with a nod to UK bass culture or a capitulate to a straight house track.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    There are sonic Easter Eggs for a thousand listens here, and it would take six pairs of headphones and an equal number of high-grade strains of weed to track them all down. Happy hunting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The album isn’t quite the overwhelming achievement that Ten Freedom Summers was, though the refined ensemble playing of Smith’s newly convened “Golden Quintet” is consistently ravishing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Few artists could assemble a group of musicians like that those found on Hubris at all, but Ambarchi lets everyone do their part, then fade into the background. It's the difference between hubris and vision.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The triumph of Life Will See You Now is how it suggests that the 36-year-old Lekman has never been more skilled at his craft, or had more stories to tell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Locrian chose to slow down and create consecutive meticulous albums. They are isolated and involved worlds of sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's deeply refreshing to hear an artist who exudes such depth and consideration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s not his most revelatory performance, but it’s certainly his most joyful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If You See Me may lack some of the tension and menace of Wye Oak’s best records, but that’s a fair tradeoff for an album this personable and at peace with itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Andorra will undoubtedly win Caribou a lot of new fans and rightfully so; it's a big, bold, tuneful collection that impresses with its ambition and meticulous arrangement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I wouldn't mind hearing Hollenbeck use the group to explore his softer side, because the pulsing comedowns on this record are some of its most arresting moments, even though the in-betweenness makes it unique and enjoyable on its own merits.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Although its best moments don't reach quite the altitudes of his prior releases, Skyscraper National Park, as a whole, is the most complete and coherent album in Hayden's catalog, a delightful listen from track one through track eleven.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    There are enough solid songwriting chops behind the facade to sustain him, and there's just as much-- if not more-- to be said for the production. T-Bone Burnett, Rick Will, and Arthur himself each take co-producer titles, and what results is a raw, endearing sound that blends each instrument perfectly while remaining crisp as a bell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    XXX
    His gleeful love of words not only elevates some pretty heavy subject matter; it also helps distinguish XXX as one of the most compelling indie rap releases in an already strong year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With Chill, dummy, P.O.S avoids retreating into the program of Never Better, while also one-upping his prior outing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    His lyrics have grown more sophisticated. Humor was always part of his music, but on b’lieve i’m goin down it’s an animating principle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Boy
    Her work on Boy should be sufficient to satisfy her longtime followers and perhaps draw some new onlookers into the fold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    So the weird, winsome Whole Love is certainly Wilco's least consistent LP in a while, but inconsistency has its own rewards.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With J Robbins producing and the vastly improved sonics, you have a much clearer idea of what everyone is doing. Little things are important with this band, and here, you can actually make them out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The band splits the difference between old and new into a compact sound that skews more Sex Pistols than Foo Fighters. It’s comparatively gaunt for Against Me! as of late, but it yields the stage to Grace’s voice, which has never sounded better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If Blood Mountain, their brilliantly upsized and unrelenting third album, doesn't confirm their position as the greatest big-time metal crew on earth, I demand a state-by-state recount.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Full Communism is an album-length exercise of that responsibility. Downtown Boys have two horns and plenty of aggression in their arsenal and, as they play, they force you to acknowledge the world around you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    On its own modest terms, Blue & Lonesome offers promising proof the Stones can still be a band instead of a brand.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Torres has traded away some pieces of the humanity that colored his earlier work in favor of a conversation about something elemental that's still waiting to be discovered. That doesn’t make for an immediate record. It makes for one full of enigmas, of beautiful and undefinable things that promise further revelations to come.