PopMatters' Scores

  • TV
  • Music
For 7,391 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 A Grand Don't Come For Free
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,391 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that sounds as if it would be very much at home on any AOR radio station in the 1970s.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are less like a rarities collection and more like an unlikely greatest hits album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An early frontrunner for the UK album of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Consistently excellent, Okkervil River's Black Sheep Boy is a record that stuns on first listen, then manages the elusive -- it sinks deep into your soul.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A big leap from the already high elevation of Michigan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kano's album is ridiculously good.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The New Pornographers are a recurring reminder of how ebullient this kind of music can be, which makes them radicals of the form.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At once hip-shaking, high-brow, heartfelt, hallowed, and a hell of a good time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Craft stands as an example that it is possible to successfully branch out while keeping the roots of your culture alive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really distinguishes Apologies to the Queen Mary from just another ambitious rock album though, is the dynamic and accessible songwriting -- and the voices that propel those songs from the streets to the stratosphere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tracks here each carry a specific style and personality that speak to its theme of exploring love in all its forms. It's the usual theme for a country record, especially a modern one, but Yearwood's class as a performer shifts even the most standard dedication to love lost, contained, empty, potential, new, or dead, into an area all its own.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, The Naked Truth is a great musical and lyrical effort, as well as a timely response to the media and the peanut gallery.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The finest mainstream hip-hop album of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is great about this set is that one disc feels like enough, but once you hear the second you know it's necessary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full of Light and Full of Fire is easily one of the best albums of the decade.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best pop record of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    70 minutes to savor, to let the words run through you, to let the melodies wrap around you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Donuts is hip-hop, then, like “Howl” is poetry or Guernica is painting: the best aspects of a particular style, developed to their fullest and executed masterfully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is astonishing that after a 10-year long affair Arab Strap can make a record as compelling as this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are great pop songs put across in fantastic performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live it’s easy to ignore the subtleties of the songs, which makes Six Demon Bag a different, but equally great experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only about two hairs-breadth away from being a masterpiece.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    T.I. is the whole package: gritty, smooth, smart, dangerous, introspective, and wise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a very basic level, this CD is a fun, weird, nifty album of Brazilian pop music, and can easily be enjoyed as such. Unpeel the layers, and you will reap even greeter rewards, revealing a creative treatise on the rights of women in society.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devastating and exquisite, You Are There is the pinnacle of MONO’s discography thus far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But this isn’t a hoary breathing of air into faded songs; this is a sonic transfusion on the order of the Mermaid Avenue records.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pearl Jam is another straight-up collection of raw, blistered rock and moody mid-tempo balladry. The difference here, and the reason for excitement, is that the self-titled record more consistently achieves the grandeur, rage, and beauty they’ve always pursued, throughout its entirety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Drift--in all its nightmarish, bloody glory--is as bold and profound a comment on our times as has emerged so far this century.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a new album of expertly-crafted, touching, and refreshingly honest odes to life, Regina Spektor has grown without growing away from what makes her so special.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amputechture is the most complete, most listenable, and most accomplished album from the band to date.