PopMatters' Scores

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For 9,192 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Queen Is Dead [Deluxe Edition)
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9192 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Love Will Prevail is an ambitious, often great record, but in its ambition, in the risks it takes, it strives for a careful balance it can't always achieve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like all their albums, it's haphazard, but never before have the highs been this high.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is no direct need to see the film to appreciate the record for its own merits-especially if hushed dark atmospheres and seemingly (but probably not) random key plinks are your thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The likes of Velocity Girl, the Sunflowers, and the Belltower are indie pop that happens to use the odd distortion pedal. Not unpleasant, but only marginally part of the story, if that. By the last couple discs, you have bands like Blind Mr. Jones which are rehashes of the “classic” sound of Slowdive et al, but with a flute.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Real Emotional Trash falls short of "Pig Lib," it’s because we’re spending too much time in the tunnel, and not enough in the funnel to the tune.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Finn has succeeded in differentiating his solo material from his Hold Steady work, but sometimes I wonder if his low-key musical approach highlights the depressing nature of his storytelling a bit too much. But most listeners know what they’re signing up for with Finn at this point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album explores multiple reasons for obsession with drugs – spirituality, fantasy, genetics, compulsion, to avoid suicide. None are delved into as creatively as on the debut album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All other songs have excellent moments in them, assuring that Grapefruit is indeed a good album. Had they happened more frequently and with shorter intervals though, we’d be looking at a great one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's more theatrical than early Stew albums, bringing the unique sense of a stage composition: varied instrumentation, clear evocative vocals and honest-to-goodness storytelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The slight inconsistency of The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is enough to convince listeners that if this were a proper album and not merely a stopgap release to satiate the fans, the overall quality of the material would be stepped up considerably.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    McCandless has a great voice, and when Young Galaxy gives her strong material their songs really work. But she can’t do it on her own, and the middle chunk of Ultramarine proves that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite being unsure whether or not to cater to the academic impulse of hardcore funk enthusiasts, Earthology is still a unique release that unabashedly flaunts its contradictory influences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By the end of the album I unfortunately just feel a little numb to the vocals. I’m willing to give this album a break because I love the production here, and when Sufi’s really hitting, he’s certainly a unique presence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bramwell strings together fine, grabbing lyrics, but he's become too enamored of his literary bent, trying to pack together poetic devices that head off to nowhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You’ll want to listen to some tracks over and over again, some just once, and some for 30 seconds or less. Nevertheless, the tracks that work demonstrate what put Surfer Blood on the map in the first place: power pop ambition, surf rock style, and an implacable conviction to swim forward even when the waters seem too rough to handle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite several hackneyed moments on his debut, Hughes has crafted a solid set of songs that causes feelings as it explores them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ten Thousand and One Injuries maintains a relatively tepid pace compared to their previous efforts, but Love is All haven’t exactly mellowed either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just that 44-odd minutes of affecting, tasteful acoustic minstrelry is rather, well, inertia-inducing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Reputation will end up being another glaring piece of evidence that fits in perfectly with whatever spin someone is trying to sell, but maybe in a couple of decades when we look back at it all, we'll see it for what it is: a solid if unspectacular set of pop songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While some may disparage Blackberry Smoke’s generic stance and the fact that Holding All the Roses seems so overtly radio-ready, there’s something to be said for a band that can rock so relentlessly and still maintain its melodic appeal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rebel Heart is very much the first Madonna album that’s actually about Madonna with a majority of these tracks commenting on her own history and accomplishments with varying degrees of success.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Luckily, she pushes forward more than she retreats back on this solid record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    African Electronic Music 1975-1982 is, after all, a bit of a hodgepodge compilation, and that Bebey was indulging his creative spirit more than he was creating music for a mass audience. Still, the more structured tracks serve notice Bebey was an accomplished composer who had several big hits in his native land.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws, Our Earthly Pleasures is a good record of mostly up-tempo UK indie rock.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Tongue ‘N Cheek is easily more instantly gratifying than Rascal’s previous albums, it lacks the unique perspective and replay value of his more nuanced work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ash manage to connect more often than not, and when the songs do work, the riffs and hooks achieve a surprisingly effective balance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Looking backward lyrically while pushing forward musically, Fite's made a mature album that hasn't lost sense of either youthful energy or concern.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Graveola always shoots for the moon, and often hits its mark, playing with electronic and tropical sounds that add layers of complexity and intrigue to its indie rock. Even when it misses the mark, though, there’s something to be learned.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's still nothing I'd recommend to the casual listener, but there are interesting ideas at work here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album will not please everyone, but it is unique when compared to Tankian's work up to now, and that is what's best for everyone.