Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,666 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 0 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
6,666 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A Victim of Stars doesn't offer much to anyone already immersed in that world. For everyone else this is an engaging scratch at the surface of a wide-open mind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Released today, it instead feels like a staggering transformation and a return to form that was never lost, an ideal adaptation by a group that many people didn't know they needed to hear again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In the process of recording another incredible album, he's discovered that light is most visible when it's flickering alone in the dark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Holopaw's cover art and Depression-era script logo might be indie-folk standard issue, but the music contained within is a refreshing, effective new use of the boundaries: a wood-paneled Powerbook.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fans of Stott's labelmates Demdike Stare, and all the other goth-n-screw artists out there at the moment, will be happy to gnaw on these bones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While they continue to prove themselves a more convincing classic rock act than should be possible in 2008, there's a tension in this album's lyrics between old-fashioned storytelling and breaking down the fourth wall. Stay Positive is their mostly successful bid to have it both ways.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though briskly paced, Bleach is a front-loaded record, the maniacal/melodic contrasts of its stellar first half--anchored by the epochal anti-love song 'About a Girl'--ceding to the more period-typical grunge of its second.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It takes a colossal effort to back Molina's candor, and given what a departure this record is for the band, it's not surprising that some of the songs get bogged down here and there. It's also not much of a problem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Murs' strongest all-around album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For its moments of gravity and excellence, Hail to the Thief is an arrow pointing toward the clearly darker, more frenetic territory the band have up to now only poked at curiously.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Laulu connotes this youth, motion, and playfulness in various states of repair and construction, and it does so by alternating well-formed, multi-faced pop songs with abstract head-scratchers, each component as warmly evocative and strangely necessary as the last.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues' analytical and inquisitive nature never tips into self-indulgence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Beauty and the Beat sounds like a record made by someone who once devoured the catalog and history of his favorite artists, traced their lineage as far back as he could, and has discovered his place in the genealogy. With that enlightenment, Edan is no longer an impersonation of his idols, but one of their peers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sky Burial will likely land as one of the year’s great breakthroughs for a heavy act.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With more developed ideas than Mass Romantic and a more cohesive sound than Electric Version, it's their most consistent, confident, and best album to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Benji sounds more like Kozelek relating events instead of crafting them, which makes the continuity and reflexivity of the record feel both uncanny and the work of protracted genius.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Phrases like "rare talent" are thrown around all the time these days, but this compilation makes painfully clear just how unique and valuable this music is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even at its most dissonant and abstract, this record is human to the core, and if you're ready to face a few demons, it's as inspiring as music gets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dense, beautiful, intricate, haunting, explosive, and dangerous, this is everything rock music aspires to be: intense, incredible songs arranged perfectly and performed with skill and passion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Wild Beasts have remained an act with no intention of blending in. Smother, their third full-length, is just as the above quote promises: completely uncompromising. And that's why it succeeds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You can feel roots going down and an edifice being built. Her voice has gained depth and she sings with more force and clarity, so that's part of it. And the arrangements are more judicious and draw less attention to themselves (some tracks are just harp, others add horns, strings, and percussion, but with a lighter touch). But the bigger difference seems to be the overall mood, which is expansive and welcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    They've found a way to be ambitious while also elemental, a difficult trick that Sleep pulled off on Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker, and one that High on Fire have nailed here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's deeply satisfying, constantly rewarding, and I'm not entirely sure what I was doing before it came into my life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Really, in a world far too concerned with backstories and far too lacking in good old dedication to craft, Grizzly Bear's just about as boring as they come: four guys who very quietly set out to make a fantastic record. And so they did.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quarantine the Past doesn't replace the albums, but it's a highly listenable alternative that is as much a treat for nostalgic older fans as it is a valuable gateway for new listeners.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Here, it stands behind so many other newly apparent strengths--a testament to the leaps and bounds Longstreth has made as a songsmith and Dirty Projectors have made as a band.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Devotion marries her natural gift with throbbing instrumentation that breathes life into every single turn of phrase or sensitive vocal embellishment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    So this is what A Ghost Is Born is supposed to sound like.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.