Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,788 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:
6,788 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lyrical inscrutability peppered with the occasional waft of clarity has always been a Boeckner trademark, and Face Control continues that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Finding unique ways to handle empty space and unorthodox arrangements has always been Cohen's greatest strength, and here that skill helps to mottle his most straightforward material to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Apple's Acre sounds homemade in the best possible way. It is a quality that speaks to not only the intimacy of the recording, but also the confidence and comfort that Nurses now have in their delicately shambolic sound.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    None of the tracks leap out on first listen as obvious show-stoppers, but Pearson's nonetheless collected the most rhythmically diverse selection of tracks to appear on a Kompakt-branded mix in quite some time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TRE3S, their third long-player (released by the Canadian supergroup's Arts & Crafts imprint), finds them continuing to home in on shapes and textures of their own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Though these solo works are not as fleshed out nor quite as transporting as the highlights of Red Hash, they provide a fascinating document of a young songwriter finding his voice, and leave behind lingering questions about what might have been.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    There's a natural path forged between all the shifts, a sense that the abstraction feeds off the structure and vice versa. As such, Black Is Beautiful nears something that could readily be branded as Blunt and Copeland's aesthetic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The production on The Block Brochure series roams a little wider and farther than the Revenue Retrievin series did, which helps when approaching such a seemingly undigestible block of music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A handful of guests aside, though, none of G.O.O.D. Music's personalities do much to justify their newfound prominence. If Cruel Summer is meant to be an argument for the label's other talent, it makes a weak case.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    She has indeed stepped outside with S, but perhaps not far out enough; as it stands, Moss’ journey isn’t done just yet, but the final stretches of her expedition are in sight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    It's ultimately debatable whether or not Four is the "real" Bloc Party, but revisionist history isn't supposed to be a duller version of the real thing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    New Chain, with it's gorgeous smattering of vivid synth patterns, is "Despicable Dogs" reupholstered: It still feels like a sunrise bike ride with a head full of weed, but this time in full-blown technicolor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Crime Pays has a lonely, defensive, and vaguely desperate Kirk Van Houten vibe--more noticeable than a lack of breakout bangers or guest spots is a palpable and inexcusable lack of excitement and spark.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Traffic and Weather finds them treading water in the worst possible way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    His is the ambient music of someone else's party, happening far away from where you are, and the distance is part of the allure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    It's a shame to waste the term "spectacular" on such a mundanely depressing, blatant cash-in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Scott already has his songwriting tools in place; once he finds his voice, look out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    In theory, Diamond Rugs should prove extremely comforting, a celebration of rawk and male friendship in the face of vaguely rendered but all-consuming sexual denial. And yet, there's no catharsis or viscera.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The album is at its best when Jones delivers brisk, bright rock with endearing hooks... Things begin to lag when Jones drops the tempo and tries his hand at balladry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    With In Blank, Davis has tapped into something vital that even the best backing band can't automatically afford: confidence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Work finds these former Next Big Things railing against maturity while tacitly embracing it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I'm hard-pressed to find a song that's more interesting at its three-minute mark than it is after 10 seconds: 2:54 exposes a band that knows how to make a good first impression but not a lasting one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The box is scattered, as expected, but the songs collected go a long way to indicate that, contrary to popular belief, Pollard has a measure of control over his songwriting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Houdini sounds like an attempt to escape from the predicament of the sophomore album, making more nuanced use of orchestration and sticking with a comfortingly sweet and naïve tone while also expanding its perspective.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Lonesome Dreams' instant knock of familiarity will prove comforting for some, but it gives these tracks something of a plug-and-play feel. Many songs are dramatically assembled, and all of them move, but when they move in pretty much the same ways as another, spryer band, it's that much harder to get caught up in their attendant drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unsurprising, and not much of a main course, but a tasty and satisfying side dish nonetheless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unexpectedly, though, some of the record's best moments come when Byrne strips away the rhythmic accessories and relies on basic orchestral backing... And yet, the majority of the album still relies on primal, swinging grooves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Like Japanese toys-- The Dream Workshop, and the Furby and Tamagochi before it-- Tortoise obviously spend hours in the lab honing the science, but the finished product comes with a one-time novelty factor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, these high points are surrounded by plenty of semi-coherent nonsense about the wanderings of their fictional protagonist soldier boy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The Ponys make good records, and Turn the Lights Out is no exception, but I'm still waiting on the great one I've always felt they'd had in them.