PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,504 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Doolittle 25
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,504 music reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amputechture is the most complete, most listenable, and most accomplished album from the band to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lambchop have long been one of America’s greatest bands, and Damaged is their greatest achievement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new album may be very No Wave and avant-garde influenced but it is a truly original record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is nothing if not dazzling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Trials of Van Occupanther is such a nuanced, finely layered work that Midlake has certainly crafted one of the best releases of 2006.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can call it selling out. You can call it mainstream. Just don’t call it bad. Call it the best album of their career. Scratch that: call it one of the best of 2006.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m not saying this is the easiest music to deal with; those with more vanilla tastes will not want to come anywhere near this. But for avant-garde multi-genre music from Japan, it’s awfully cuddly and adorable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply, Nashville is a necessary addition to the collection of anyone who respects the tradition of great singing and storytelling.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compiled from various stages of his career, with varying fidelity but weirdly without varying quality, Orphans is the singularly odd cutting-room comp that serves as an equally decent introduction to a career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a cohesive, serious album. It is distressing, depressed, isolated, alienating, and probably the best Of Montreal album to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her voice shares the same dusky, stained-glass quality as Chan Marshall’s, strident but capable of fracturing at any moment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a rare album that is not only great on it’s first listen, but just as remarkable on it’s tenth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By taking the piss out of himself and the cynicism out of his outlook, Bird’s songs are not only smart and sensible but joyous and full of hope.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As great as Chavez Ravine was, My Name Is Buddy is more thoroughly successful, possessing a stronger musical identity and top-notch songwriting throughout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For anyone who has enjoyed even the briefest of flirtations with pop music, The Magic Position is as bold and captivating a record as you will surely hear all year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cassadaga is an assured and accomplished album; a classic constructed from classic elements.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Reminder is an exceptional album that should be experienced solely on the merits its stunning musicality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A soulful, sad, yet ultimately hopeful document largely about putting a brave face in the midst of a dissolving relationship, indulging influences from Bill Fay to Charles Wright to Steve Miller, Sky Blue Sky is the rare, mature album where said maturity is seldom compromised by banality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of You might end up being the best R&B album of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album, like all great albums, somehow transcends all the factors that makes it work, absorbs them in a seamless whole and breaks your heart in the process.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a demanding and complex album that has proven to be one of the best albums I’ve heard in years, a universal soundtrack to a life that requires no visuals to imagine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fresh and familiar is a consistent hallmark of the Austin band, and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga proves to be no exception.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing that prevents Fantastic Playroom from being a wholly perfect creation is the simple fact that, as good as it is, this is still only their first album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequencing is what makes this disc such a divine pleasure: we get to hear a band grow from grinning upstarts to tension-battered road warriors.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It never feels like those doing the picking had to lower the standards or tack things on to fill out a weak selection, and like a greatest hits album from any band worth its salt, the biggest criticism to be found here is the failure to include certain songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The entirety of Emerald City seeks to elevate to the personal and the timeless, and top to bottom it is a success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a lot of clever, cutting lines in this album, lots of references to taking many drugs and then taking even more, and in the hands of a less assured band these things would come off sounding callow and glib.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A. has given us one of the albums of the year. Bravo.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More cinematic than "Twin Cinema," more cohesive than any other record released this year, Challengers is so very good it almost compels you to think in the cliches of music criticism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is Meshell Ndegeocello’s most complete and fully integrated record and a defining work that in evading category seems to generate its own rules of engagement and enjoyment.