PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,161 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 A Crow Looked at Me
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9161 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those that didn’t enjoy Skull Orchard before won’t be won over, but it doesn’t change the fact that those naysayers have conspicuously terrible taste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This record is where it all began before they [Welch and Dave Rawlings] (with the help of producer T Bone Burnett) put out their first disc. In other words, Gillian Welch fans will appreciate hearing the original sounds of the band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Saint Etienne will always be interesting, and may still have a classic album in them, but maybe they need to drop the intellectual tendencies and simply embrace the music of the idols whom they so clearly adore.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They have limited their ensemble to traditional rock strictures with the odd brass section and string quartet thrown in at opportune moments, and there’s very little else that you could do to describe it. As they say, it is what it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not bad, and it’s not great. What it is, however, is Antique Glow Part II. And that is a shame.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sure, it may be slightly too familiar to some tastes, but Slugger still manages to be both comforting and challenging as a piece of pop music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Deer Creek Canyon is full of songs to curl up with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The precipice looms and, for now, the band seems content to wallow close to the edge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Kylesa stick to their home-brewed brand of lyrically ambiguous sludge metal meets psychedelic rock with touches of Americana, some ‘80s goth moments, and a hearty smattering of doom.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Riggins' talent for shape-shifting, his ability to play comfortably with both Common and Paul McCartney, carries over to Alone Together. Riggins is full of ideas, and he wants to share them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Demolished Thoughts is stripped down, acoustic, almost drumless, but full of strings, evocative, but emotionally distant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What we’re left with is an album that retreads a lot of familiar ground, but does it well, exploring a narrow but richly developed arc of ‘60s-influenced indie-pop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Happy Hollow doesn’t astound lyrically, though, it swings with force musically.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though the record cleans up some with the drifting “How Might I Live” and a quick hit of sadness from closer “Navigator”, these are but mild highpoints in a waste of still-milder mediocrity
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes Pratt’s nervousness about being looped into a scene extends to her album’s production. Some songs are cloaked in hissing tape, and her lyrics can be difficult to make out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So while Fordlandia may be his prettiest record, it’s arguably his dullest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He lets his imagination paint the details. That's the role of an artist. And while he may be singing lies, that's okay, because one can find the truth in the fiction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sun
    Even with its missteps--[Sun] is her most patient and generous record to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Comes across as kinda dull.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album’s biggest failing is that it sounds too much like his past three albums. But this also gives this record strength.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hot Shit immediately announces its intention to be a purposely difficult listen, and the difficulty persists through the album's eleven tracks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Revival is neither the great album nor the disappointment many are proclaiming it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Sainthood is heavier than previous efforts, both lyrically and musically, and old fans will probably appreciate what this pair has accomplished together. However, for a new listener, the album might come off as a somewhat hard swallow; the songs are often too produced, and may even lack some honest musicality at their core.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bishop’s self-indulgence stunts any suggestion that anyone other than a serious aficionados is going to express anything more than passing interest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On this, their second album, MONEY have created a difficult listen on two levels. Firstly, in creating a collection of songs which, if not directly about suicide, often convey a hopeless state of mind and heart. Secondly, owing to the awkward collision of some fine playing with a largely monotonous production and some painfully strained singing from vocalist/guitarist Jamie Lee.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Antenna is lacking in every sonic department they previously thrived upon and sounds exactly what fans of old feared: immaculate, sterile guitar production; rigid, radio-ready song structures; and an end to the dynamic, cosmos-exploring sound that elevated Jupiter to a stunning success.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Wolf is a primer on self-actualization, but AWK's sharpened focus comes at the expense of creating memorable tunes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album’s structure collapses under its own weight thanks to questionable production and a plot that never becomes cohesive. Still, Monch’s bars are among the best in the game. Put his words over shoestring production and your jaw would still drop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Local Business has lots of fascinating things to say about control but sometimes it gets lost in its own unruly order.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s another solid chapter in Friel’s musical story. In spite of that, it’s also an album that sometimes feels like its missing a layer or two.