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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rush has emerged with more edge and energy than some bands can even dream of.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At 52 minutes, it is no longer than your standard album, and yet it has seemingly bottomless depths and wide-open horizons that reward the listener with the possibilities of unending exploration. The fact that it can never be fully known makes it all the more revelatory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most impressive thing about My Father's seething, swaggering intensity is that it keeps it up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without any context, White Men sounds like it could have been made at any time in the last few decades, it simply defies general tags (both in time and genre).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Death Dreams is another stellar album from another stellar band that has come out of one of Canada's most fertile music scenes-an essential and raw purchase for rock lovers everywhere.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has the producer been as sharp (or as murky) at the boards as he is here, seamlessly tuning long-winded drones with slavedriver clangs into hypnotic locked grooves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To hear one of the greatest bands of all time make this sort of conscious evolution in front of an audience is something special and something that fans rarely get to experience. This is as close as many of us will get with the Velvet Underground, but it’s more than worth it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Airtight's Revenge joins Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun, Van Hunt's Popular, Meshell Ndegeocello's Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, Rahsaan Patterson's Wines & Spirits, Joi's Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, and Sy Smith's Conflict as a generation-defining masterwork of unflinching vision that captures the artist at the very moment in time that it is released.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is fresh, original, and points the way.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best of Gloucester County announces itself as superlative--a high standard to meet for an artist that has already achieved such a distinct identity across so many compelling albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you listen to Familiars--and you probably should because it is very great--it is crucial to do so with an open heart and an open head.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alicia Keys decided to make something so raw, so honest, so palpable, that it should be all but impossible for soul music lovers to ignore this release.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swimmin’ Time showcases the best of both old and new music, the idealized past and the disgusting, bloody, senseless present. Lyrics to make the soul shake loose from out of your chest meet harmonies that will convert new audiences through pure emotive conviction.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their work, especially that displayed on Refinement, stands as some of the more original and evocative music being produced today, smart and technical without sacrificing atmosphere and feeling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gutterflower will undoubtedly take the Goo Goo Dolls to greater success, and deservedly so, such is it's quality and consistency.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This latest disc really seems to cement the notion that the collective combination of the songsmiths Owens and White simply cannot do no wrong, that all of that time spent kept away from the pleasures of modern music, at least in one member's case, has simply fostered an entity that is bemused and bedazzled with the charms of the past's reflective prism.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does Young accomplish his goal of creating a musical storyline that transcends the tedium and self-indulgence of your average concept album, but he's also crafted his finest set of songs since at least Freedom and Ragged Glory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a stand-alone release, it’s impressive; as a document and celebration of the greatest band of 21st century (sorry, Radiohead), it’s imperative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the LP is smart and funky as hell, it distinguishes itself because it's part of a series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although Forget might not usher in a new musical era, it's a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we've ever seen. It might not change your life, but it will bury itself deep into your brain and make you feel good and warm for a couple of days.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a rare record that gives us a call to action, something to act on after the beats drop out and we’re left in silence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few contemporary pop albums have spoken to the human condition so eloquently, and given the listener so much pleasure in the process, than Dark Night of the Soul.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forever Today succeeds in every way that Forgiveness Rock Record didn't, and you can only hope that Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning and company are taking notes from the scene-stealers based out of Sweden. This is sticky sweet stuff, and it's a must listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Red Devil Dawn, Crooked Fingers have made huge strides towards becoming one of the most fascinating bands in some time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt, though, that the Mermaid Avenue albums played a major role in sparking a revival of interest in Woody Guthrie-both in his home state, his country, and the world at large. And that renewed interest has finally allowed people to see Guthrie for who and what he truly was and continues to represent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be less exuberant and therefore harder to love at first, but it delivers the goods just as surely. And with Paul Simon now old enough to face the ultimate questions and to do so with a stunning musical sophistication, it may just be a complete classic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Small Craft on a Milk Sea gives us the classically transportive experience that Brian Eno excels in creating.