PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,816 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Up In Flames
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,816 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new pop classic...
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Shake the Sheets lacks the subtle, nuanced excursions of its predecessor, it's redeemed by an urgent, unrelenting focus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best album the Beasties have put out since Paul's Boutique.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every aspect of the project is an improvement on the last.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pearl Jam has made some of the most vital music of its career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He and his producers have constructed a monument to this New New New South. And you don't really have to believe in it in order to appreciate what a great record this is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A defining moment for the band.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure, unadulterated aural pleasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Welcome Interstate Managers is the welcome aural equivalent of a great collection of short stories, each song offering a little snippet from a life, and presenting a range of characters to fill this musical spectrum.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not Songs for the Deaf manages to break through to the ever-fickle TRL crowd remains to be seen; those people with the patience to sit through this remarkable album a few times, though, will know the score.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thompson is more comfortable than ever with his musical abilities and songwriting craft, and you hear the experience and the confidence on every track.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As foolish as it seems to say that any music is 100 percent new, I've never heard anything like this before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like any worthy match, the coming together gives each aspect assets that they'd be wont to find otherwise, the eletroclashy bursting with depth and the indie-croon thankfully adrenalized.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterwork filled with heavy violins, silky woodwinds, a driving soprano sax, a haunting bass guitar, and expert melding of jazz and rock, with Latin beats and bluesy overtones.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her albums have matured exponentially with every release, and with Blacklisted, an album that will get your blood pumping and give you goosebumps at the same time, Neko Case emerges as a true original.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tougher, funkier, and downright rocking album.... M!ssundaztood deserves to be the pop album of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyricist [Eric] Johnson's faculties for observation are what turn sonic pleasantries into vehicles of magic and myth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surpassing the merits of Lost Souls, one of the best albums of 2000, is no mean feat, but to do it in such breath-taking fashion is something else, something special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nineteen track salvo of glorious musical mayhem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unreasonable Behaviour is far from an easy listen. While Garnier is usually highly accessible, here he deviates in favor of a record much more tempestuous, menacing and genre-pushing -- all of which, though foreboding, is wholly more gratifying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics might not make much sense, and there's nothing groundbreaking here, but with songs as ridiculously catchy and fun as these, who cares?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that handily bests anything that they've put out in the last 15 years, and can stand head and shoulders against their best efforts of the '80s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mixing the grit that was The Stooges with the bounce that was Gang of Four, Liars and their debut release are everything that should be praised about Brooklyn's music scene.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cellar Door challenges its listeners emotionally and intellectually, without ever feeling pretentious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite how or where the new album fits into the contemporary music landscape isn't clear, but what's recognizable and of import is that somewhat out of time, Basement Jaxx have produced their best sustained effort so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album should solidify them among Americana's best.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apropa't pulses with sensual rhythms, lush harmonies, and ethereal forms that weave together to create a truly amazing aural experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There simply isn't another singer working in pop music now that holds a candle to Jones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album fully delivers on the crackling promise of "Mad World" with an accomplished set of hard-won folk-rock.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has a playful, at times otherworldly style which brings to mind children's fairy tales.