PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,424 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Titles & Idols
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,424 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Review 1: <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/stills-logic.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Logic is a certifiable classic.</A> [score=100]; Review 2: <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/stills-logic2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Every bit the equal to [Interpol's] Bright Lights. </A> [score=90]
    • PopMatters
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the year's top 10, if not top five.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prewitt doesn't waste a second of Three's near-hour length, filling it with an affinity of bouncy rhythms and pop goodness, in turn eclipsing the output of many of his underground rock contemporaries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart further underscores how brilliantly anomalous and unfashionably brilliant GZM are.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little Sparrow contains some of the most beautiful and affecting music Parton has ever made...
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They are basically just the Archies for our generation, a transcendent bubblegum band that works its ass off to make all this stuff look easy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Built to Spill's latest album is mellower, dreamier, and more laidback than their previous recordings.... Yet the album is as much of a rock-guitar masterpiece as anything they've done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brainwashed is a rich musical treasure trove well mined in execution and production.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Home is a definite top pick for 2002, and certainly kicked country music in its ass once again when it needed it the most.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every so often there is a true musical "moment" when an act breaks through that is so complete, so utterly surprising, that as a music critic, I can't help but throw my hands up in the air and leave behind any hope of real criticism as each spin pushes me further into fandom. Lemon Jelly is that act of the moment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    #1
    It's shallow, pretentious, flamboyant, catchy, and just plain freaky at times, but unlike all the empty pop music you hear on mainstream radio today, this is one pop album that gets it right for once, and what a pure blast it is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These eight tracks positively bristle with energy and exuberance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At 36 minutes, Girls Can Tell packs more hooks than most bands fit into their entire discography... This is truly one of the most intense pop records since This Year's Model.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Nick Drake, he's a master at crafting melodies so simple, so memorable, it makes your heart melt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Send, Wire strike the right compromise, pushing their songs to brink of chaos without ever allowing them to disintegrate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such perfectionism can easily be construed as soullessness, but I think what Deakin and Franglin are actually striving for here is to strike a balance between the warmth and humanity of their music's sounds and the machine-like grace of its flawless production.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no other way to say it: Tammy Ealom is one of the most unassuming and perfect songwriters in modern pop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The New Pornographers have made such a great album, tuneful, overdosed with hooks, that all the past sins of our Northern neighbors are forgiven. Well, maybe not Rush, but close.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best pop albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who only know Amy Ray as an Indigo Girl, or as a socially active label owner will find this record a snarling, beautiful surprise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In some sense, it is true that any of these new songs could fit comfortably among his earlier works. Yet now there is an even more polished grace to the undertakings, as if age and experience have refined and further honed what already was smooth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album marks the high point of an amazing band's amazing career.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A whole lot of fun to listen to.... Anna is one of this year's best records.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gutterflower will undoubtedly take the Goo Goo Dolls to greater success, and deservedly so, such is it's quality and consistency.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    13 tracks which magically blend heavenly guitar weavings with penetrating melodies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Red Devil Dawn, Crooked Fingers have made huge strides towards becoming one of the most fascinating bands in some time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sense of humor is definitely required, as is an appreciation for everything rockin'.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sadies' best album yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last Exit, while being one of the year's most cutting-edge releases, is, most importantly, a warm, friendly, entirely accessible pop album.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new pop classic...