Pitchfork's Scores

  • Music
For 6,480 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 Source Tags & Codes
Lowest review score: 0 nyc ghosts & flowers
Score distribution:
6,480 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The record will remain, something that channels the past but sounds like little else right now, an album about rediscovery that's situated in the constantly-shifting present.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Although they've expanded their sound, the Arcade Fire's transition into extroversion isn't always smooth or graceful. Neon Bible is full of clunky lyrics, revealing Butler's tendency to overstate and sensationalize.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene, Wilco's aging new album is simply a masterpiece; it is equally magnificent in headphones, cars and parties.... No one is too good for this album; it is better than all of us.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's among the most fascinating music I've heard and deserves a listen by anyone with even the remotest interest in the possibilities of sound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Phrenology completely realizes The Roots' talents and potential, maintaining its cohesiveness despite its many disparate elements.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Celestial Lineage feels like the contemporary American scene's defining statement after San Francisco group Weakling's seminal 2000 offering Dead As Dreams.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Within these songs is the struggle in realizing that self-esteem comes more from estimable acts than outside validation. Is Survived By should receive plenty praise anyway, but Touché Amoré lead by example.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the album’s heady diversity originates in Hval’s malleable voice, which alters style, approach, timber, and tone from one measure to the next.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The bulk of The Suburbs focuses on this quiet desperation borne of compounding the pain of wasting your time as an adult by romanticizing the wasted time of your youth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These two releases [Gish and Siamese Dream] still resonate, as both a nostalgia fix underscoring how it was so easy to fall for Smashing Pumpkins in the first place, and as the best introductions to their music any newcomer could want.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Being from her country means contending with the legacies of some of West Africa’s most internationally successful artists; at this point, I’d say Traoré fits comfortably alongside her forbears.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    But while the album is stylistically and sonically brilliant, it still suffers from the primary flaw of the band's four previous albums: Their songwriting hasn't made the same leap as their chops.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Creek Drank the Cradle is made of small epiphanies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Voices From the Lake is a triumph of care and exactitude, the kind of well-executed work of art that feels effortless despite its obvious complexity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What makes this whole thing work in an album context is that all the thematic and sonic pieces fit together-- these weird, morning-after tales of lust, hurt, and over-indulgence ("Bring the drugs, baby, I can bring my pain," goes one refrain) are matched by this incredibly lush, downcast music.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Even if we're not taken by the subject matter, we're taken by how beautifully and personally Sufjan is taken by it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Kala is clattering, buzzy, and sonically audacious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Phantom Power sees the down-to-earth Welsh band moving away from genre-hopping and rough juxtapositions, and beginning to blend their influences into an evenly spread melange that simply sounds like a highly evolved pop band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Part Lies makes a good case that their later period has value too, and that the group had raised the bar so high for themselves that merely being very good could be interpreted as a failure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Their peppy, gleeful, headstrong guitar pop sounds a hell of a lot like yesteryear's Britpop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A formula ain't necessarily a bad thing: Think of it as a carefully considered training technique, designed to flex and strengthen certain sonic muscles in aid of achieving ever more impressive results.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On Let England Shake, Harvey is not often upfront or forceful; her lyrics, though, are as disturbing as ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect hybrid of dance and rock music's values as you're likely to ever hear.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As a whole, though, Surgical Steel succeeds brilliantly in its return-to-form mission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With Body Talk, Robyn ups the ante for pop stars across the radio dial and raises her own chances of appearing on yours. And for all her three-album talk, she never forgets that cardinal rule of showmanship: Always leave them wanting more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The relative warmth and light here gives the music a nostalgic cast, which was at the heart of what made Endless Summer so memorable, but Bécs also possesses an added layer that doesn’t necessarily work in its favor. Fennesz once illuminated the beauty of a digitally scrambled memory, but Bécs is a memory of a digitally scrambled memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One Word Extinguisher shows a range of emotional grappling usually foreign to instrumental hip-hop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    More than simply an expression of her music, Time (The Revelator) is a glimpse into the artist's personality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The vocals: a cloying, toying mix of insouciant sass and arty call-and-response jabs, all delivered with an unhinged sense of preening and play. That's pretty much the Method Actors method condensed, and it plays out to deliriously rewarding and consistent effect on a CD that collects songs recorded from 1980 to 1981.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This unguarded, individualistic expression encourages strong identification in listeners, so don't be surprised if this record earns Garbus a very earnest and intense cult following.