PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,421 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 Achtung Baby [Super Deluxe]
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,421 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's truly great stuff. The future is, apparently, now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Cobblestone Runway, he proves once again he's one of the best songwriters out there, and easily the best Canadian songwriter working today.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Old Ramon is a brilliant mopey stroll through San Francisco's slate gray streets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Optimist LP is a treasure chest of sparkly baubles and rare gems, and from top to bottom it is precious and priceless.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By the time she comes up with "Old Tin Tray", you are aware of two things. One is that this is a year-end top 10 album, and two, that she is getting better with age.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply, one of the year's best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simultaneously adventurous, beautiful, and full of depth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elliot, in 2003, is better than they have ever been, period.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record seems to outweigh the previous album in terms of quality and depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Soul Position album is even more appealing than the Deadringer "Final Frontier" single, as topics and production are pushed beyond what seems to be the visible limits of hip-hop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghosts of the Great Highway represents an expansive, continent-traversing narrative that evokes the literary style of John Steinbeck and the vivid imagery of everyday American life captured in the watercolors of Edward Hopper.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is going to be on a lot of year-end lists.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rings Around the World might be stylistically all over the place, and some people may think it sounds like Super Furry Animals are desperately trying to show the world how clever they are, but it's so much fun to listen to, that it hardly matters. It's a near-perfect album, and we all should be thankful there are bands out there willing to throw everything they've got into a record just to see what happens.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As ambitious as anything in recent pop music memory.... One of the most invigorating and arresting works of her career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While his lyrics are both timely and powerful, the album's power lies as much in the superbly crafted grooves and songs, which are the best Franti has delivered yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Private Press is a more diverse collection of styles and sounds, and still surpasses anything else out there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous, (let me say it again) gorgeous album that totally stands on its own.... About a Boy is one of the best albums of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sexy record, of a kind that no one else seems to be making anymore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of assured breadth, filled with a renewed self-confidence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The seamless combination of the genres makes the album stunning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No!
    This is pure unadulterated fun, masterfully executed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich in heart-rending beauty, tough-but-lovable gutter poetry, and plenty of genuine emotion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, Starsailor may be part of bloated hype-fest, but it's important to remember that sometimes things get hyped because they deserve it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the best of what Ashcroft does best: thoughtful incantations teeming with emotion, clarity, and vision.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phenology is stunning, ranking right up there with the best hip-hop music of today.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time will tell, but Black Foliage has all the marks of a major pop masterpiece -- brilliant tunes, innovative arrangements, clever lyrics, a thoroughly adventurous spirit, and a musical depth that always reveals something new on repeated listenings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all its gonzo, crackpot gestures, Source Tags & Codes is a remarkably coherent work. It stands as the most melodically-inclined album in their catalogue and boasts their strongest songwriting to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from being a one-note repetition of life in the Big City, Malin's production has turned The Heat into a multifaceted rock and roll onslaught.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mountain Goats have just added a further chapter in an ongoing saga of (micro) relationships examined against a backdrop of (macro) global concern, We Shall All Be Healed being the most explicit yet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a masterful effort, taking the most memorable elements of their past work and alchemically changing it to something completely new but no less great for the difference.