PopMatters' Scores

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For 6,924 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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 Love Songs For Patriots
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
6,924 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
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    Ys
    For my money, Newsom has demonstrated more nuance, depth of feeling, and originality than a hundred bedazzling pop divas.
    • 92 Metascore
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    At Carnegie Hall staunchly carries with it the brand characteristics that launched this cultural exchange.
    • 96 Metascore
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    This is genre-defying music, but anyone with an interest in hearing a blueprint for trip hop or a master class in the depiction of desire in pop music, should be sure to listen to this mysterious, timeless, contradictory album.
    • 96 Metascore
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    It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to declare Keep an Eye on the Sky an indispensable cornerstone of any serious music fan’s collection, and one of the greatest box sets ever assembled. Finally, Big Star get their due chance to shine.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Us
    This album is so near-flawless it would be easy to go on and on about how you need to hear it as soon as possible.
    • 93 Metascore
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    However delayed Live at Reading‘s official release is, thankfully fans can finally rejoice and celebrate its long-awaited arrival. Few live shows are able to communicate a band’s heart and soul the way Nirvana’s is brilliantly encapsulated here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Raw Power is one of his definitive statements, and it is presented here in superb form. You owe it to yourself to get this.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, few people will doubt Pinkerton's power, and whether you're hearing it for the first time or just for the first time in a few months, it remains as visceral a listen as ever.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Six years later, Kanye is undoubtedly the most openly self-aware MC. And the music world should be grateful to have him. I know I am.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Because half these songs are already widely available elsewhere, this collection has slightly less archival impact than the Gentile Elvis's Sun Sessions or last year's widely-circulated Never Mind the Bullets, Here's Early Bob Seger. Musically, though, it's in their league.
    • 99 Metascore
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    No matter how many releases we get from the Davis archives, no matter how familiar you are with his mid-'60s work, LIVE in Europe 1967 will surprise you and remind you that, even in lean times, even when the trends of the genre he championed were moving away from him, even when his country stopped caring, Miles Davis found a way to press forward, to reinvent, and to give us yet another classic sound, and perhaps the final thrilling word on Jazz as he knew it.
    • 96 Metascore
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    This release reorients us around familiar material, but outdoes all previously existing versions in the scope of its execution and comparative completeness.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Upon further reflection, an Achtung Baby shorn of any extras should be more than enough to satisfy you, after all-that's how it's been served for the past two decades. Everything else is mere garnish on top of a flat-out genius work.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The bonus CD makes it alarmingly clear that the Pumpkins could have assembled another cracking album from the Siamese Dream castoffs before embarking on the road to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)...The new editions of Gish and Siamese Dream (especially Siamese Dream, which handily outclasses its companion release in all areas) are sumptuous reminders of the heights the group once attained back when it had everything to prove and nothing to lose.
    • 70 Metascore
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    The most impressive album ever painstakingly assembled across space and time.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The album that Pink Floyd made in 1979 marked a milestone in progressive rock, and this box set captures everything perfect and imperfect about the album.
    • 78 Metascore
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    This is an album that is simply, in the most awe-inspired sense of the term, absolutely golden from end to end – a real treasure and an utter delight to experience every time you play it.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Cryptic and daunting, "Dopesmoker" is the quintessential stoner metal track. Sixteen years since its birth, it remains unsurpassed.
    • 98 Metascore
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    This entire collection proves one thing: Paul Simon and Graceland will remain as one of the most relevant pop records of all time.
    • 92 Metascore
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    If none of the new songs are essential, they'll still be a boon to completists, while those who only know Guthrie's most famous songs will get a much more rounded overview from Woody at 100.
    • 99 Metascore
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    In four and a half hours, Wadada Leo Smith writes one of America's defining events in sound, and the story is all of ours.
    • 91 Metascore
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    It was as powerful a set of players as Davis ever played with, but it also did its own thing, carving out a space that was equal parts eccentric and classic, innovative and authoritative.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Newcomers are strongly advised to absorb and understand Inspiration Information (and the two albums that preceded it) before passing judgment on the new stuff. That said, for anyone fearing the worst, they exceed any reasonable expectations.
    • 78 Metascore
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    It’s one of the most honest albums I’ve heard, but even better, it’s told with expertise.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It sounds as relevant, fresh, vital and modern as if it were recorded this year. It’s a classic in the making.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The result of this incredible journey, Memorial, is the first landmark post-metal release since Isis’ Panopticon, Russian Circles’ greatest achievement, and unquestioningly one of 2013’s true artistic masterpieces.
    • 92 Metascore
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    If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Around these four brilliant sets, we also get three bonus cuts from the Fillmore West in April of 1970. These sets [are] a bit murkier in quality--the four proper sets here are pristine--but they make for compelling contrasts.
    • 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]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the year's top 10, if not top five.