PopMatters' Scores

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For 7,303 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 Histoire de Melody Nelson
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,303 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since We Last Spoke continually subverts expectations of what an Rjd2 album is about, yet the songs all stick together in a cohesive way, and the album still somehow bears the distinct personality stamp of the RJ we already knew, even as some of it diverges wildly from the path he's been on so far.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is another great Low record: weighty and airy, compelling and quiet, eminently beautiful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like their fellow New York area bands The Strokes and The Walkmen, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have crafted yet another accomplished first album, but theirs is the best-produced and the most promising of the bunch, and the band shows that they're not only ready to transcend all the hype that's been building up; they've already started.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A powerfully emotional and poignant album that reclaims the American spiritual from the depths of the irrelevant past and rewrites it for the post-modern age.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a work that blends a preoccupation with both the maudlin and mundane with the musical sensibility of the Factory Records collection.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 16 songs that appear on Rejoicing in the Hands, are so striking in their sound and so original, that no producer could've have imagined them. If anything, they affirm Devendra Banhart as one of the most unique musical talents to emerge in quite some time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elephunk drops non-stop hook and hump, an album with almost no missteps and more than its share of undeniable, thumping joy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Parachutes was impressive, but Coldplay's new album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, is stunning, the amount of growth from Album One to Album Two equally so.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From sparse DIY fragments to string-enhanced ballads and well-wrought pop, the material on Isolation Drills is as diverse as it is consistently compelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Universal Truths and Cycles is not only Guided By Voices strongest record in some time, it is also the best rock record this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best album of Björk's career
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rush has emerged with more edge and energy than some bands can even dream of.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A charming, witty pastiche of mashed up samples, beats, bangs, and bobs.... Truly a breakthrough in the world of dance music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new Idiology takes the acoustic experiments of Niun Niggung even further, and it's this combination of electronic and "traditional" music -- melding keyboards and synthesizers with french horns and guitars and trumpets into a seamless whole -- that points the way through the dead-ends of most electronica.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    *The* hook-saturated, dance-rock record of 2002.... A near-perfect hybrid of perpetual rhythm, flow and hooks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The painstaking arrangements, dynamic shifts and tempo changes of Dear Catastrophe Waitress equal or surpass the chamber-pop perfection of the group's earlier work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Review #1: <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/g/graejean-thisweek.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Rock solid, thought-provoking, entertaining and frequently wonderful.</A> [score=90]; Review #2: <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/g/graejean-thisweek2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Exceptional.</A> [score=90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strummer's best solo effort and one of the best rock records of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's so much more musical depth on Room on Fire, that it makes most of the band's earlier songs sound stale in comparison.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Might be one of the most original albums you'll ever hear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Italian Platinum isn't as thoroughly pitch-perfect as Lifestyle, but the albums share similar peaks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tom Waits has never made an album quite like Alice before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is saved from clich&#233; and pretension by its combination of a fascinating story with restrained and consistently inventive musical backing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly the most absorbing rock album of 2002, if not the best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredible album from a band that continues to redefine its boundaries.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The disc is incredible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    De La Soul returns to classic form relishing their status as one of hip-hop's longest running acts and flaunting their roles as hip-hop's cerebral older brothers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exceptional album filled with passionate, intense, and highly personal songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is adult music in the best sense of the phrase, emotionally sophisticated and uncompromising both in intent and delivery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the kind of indie rock record you wait all year for.