Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,531 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 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
6,531 music reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Madvillainy is inexhaustibly brilliant, with layer-upon-layer of carefully considered yet immediate hip-hop, forward-thinking but always close to its roots.... Good luck finding a better hip-hop album this year, mainstream, undie, or otherwise.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's both epilogue and prologue, yet these songs retain their own specific flavor, as R.E.M. map the borders between small clubs and large venues, between underground and mainstream, between rhythm and melody, between outrage and hope. That in-between quality still sounds invigorating so many years later.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    So while two straight discs of Fela is exhausting, it's probably the most suitable way to digest him.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of course, Grace Jones is the star here. Five of the original album’s nine songs are covers, though rather than fealty to the source material, Jones sounds as if she’s shredding the songbook with her bare teeth.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Live at Reading effectively grants you side-stage access to the band in their mosh-pit-stoking, drum-set-toppling, putting you as close to the action as the band's mysterious friend Tony, who's seen flailing onstage throughout the show like an epilpetic Bez.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is both the best career-spanning snapshot of and single-purchase introduction to Talking Heads-- odd accolades for a live record-- and a treat for longtime fans.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The worthy additions in this "super deluxe edition" are nearly all visual.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though omissions are certain to be an issue for cratedigging obsessives, this collection is as flawless a primer as has ever been made available on a single disc.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Essentially perfect... It remains a landmark that hasn't aged a day.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    By dividing the sessions into what amounts to an overview of his career, My Dusty Road detracts from the recently discovered source material, making it both an incredible find and a missed opportunity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spontaneity is woven into the fiber of every track; it's easy to hear how some of them may have begun with the same sounds and patterns before the musicians' hands worked their magic on the filters, EQ, and delay, rendering each take unique and unrepeatable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For its breadth and complexity, [Blur 21] actually tells a simple story: Blur are a band that did an astonishing amount of different things really, really well.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The appeal of the Miles at the Fillmore material is obvious: This is an amazing band and they rip, but they never leave traditional ideas of rhythm and melody behind.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With Sunbather, Deafheaven have made one of the biggest albums of the year, one that impresses you with its scale, the way Swans' The Seer did last year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s challenging, then, to appreciate the boldness of No Depression, the extent to which the members of Uncle Tupelo insisted on interdependency, on an American story. We don’t have to do that anymore--folks don’t self-identify in the same way, and hardly anyone loves just one genre monogamously--but there’s still something furious and prideful here, something worth hearing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If Brighten the Corners signaled a turn to the serious, the 32 outtakes and radio-session cuts compiled here give Pavement plenty of room to, as one B-side aptly puts it, "fuck around."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The end product, neatly compartmentalized into three style-segregated discs, is about as perfect a summary of Waits' appeal as can be found on the open market, a shadow greatest hits that offers testimony to his unique and diverse talents without recycling any of his album material.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Woody at 100 may be the most successful attempt to capture Guthrie's sprawling essence, but it's hardly the first.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Dizzee's despairing wail, focused anger, and cutting sonics places him on the front lines in the battle against a stultifying Britain, just as Pete Townshend, Johnny Rotten, and Morrissey have been in the past.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Certainly Archives' first volume contains enough audio and visual stimuli to keep a Neil Young fan busy till the next edition arrives (presumably) in 2029.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Channel Orange is stuffed with one-of-a-kind details and characters, its overall scope is grand, as is Ocean's.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Satanist is a terrific coil of most everything Behemoth have ever done well, a strangely hopeful vision of hell wrested away from its very grip.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Therein lies the contradiction of The White Stripes. How do you combine the shit-hot with the "twee?" Elephant's shortcomings suggests the enterprise is futile.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It helps that Labor Days is as terrific a record as anyone could ask for, really, and you should buy it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This reissue-- available in a 2xCD, budget-priced Legacy Edtion set and as a more elaborate $60 4xCD Deluxe Edition-- doesn't attempt anything quite so ambitious. Instead, the main impetus is bringing a remastered version of the original Bowie mix back to market.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big Boi's Speakerboxxx coolly upstages its counterpart: though it, too, provides the world with one earthshaking single, it differs from The Love Below in that it also manages to maintain consistent brilliance and emotional complexity throughout.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Home, Like NoPlace Is There is emotionally relentless, but a relentlessly catchy record as well.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a box set, Higher really does reinforce how creatively rich a band Sly & the Family Stone were, while making it seem almost unbelievable that their peak only lasted seven years and seven albums.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Unto the Locust does fall off a bit toward the end, but that's largely because the first four tracks add up to just under 30 minutes of the most exciting metal you'll hear all year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The miracle of this album is how it ties straightforward rap thrills--dazzling lyrical virtuosity, slick quotables, pulverizing beats, star turns from guest rappers--directly to its narrative.