PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,423 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 Titles & Idols
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,423 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is adult music in the best sense of the phrase, emotionally sophisticated and uncompromising both in intent and delivery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the kind of indie rock record you wait all year for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of controlled kinetics and clockwork alignments, of bonding repetition and mindful invention; where words poke and play, bubble and pop, echo and disturbingly hang.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright certainly make sense, but the consistent personality of Strangers affirms Harcourt's unique talent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Genuinely great pop music that's experimental, catchy, and, most of all, weird.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an arresting album that doesn't let go of your attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few bands today are as good at telling a simple, straightforward, from-the-gut story like the Drive-By Truckers are.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When a band like the Dillinger Escape Plan is able to duplicate the intensity of the previous album, yet at the same time create music that actually possesses (gasp!) commercial appeal, daring to cause an uproar among dyed-in-the-wool hardcore fans, you know they're on to something memorable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A carefully layered, multifaceted album in terms of its sound, music, lyrics, and thematic cohesion -- in short, a great musical achievement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is simply a stunning accomplishment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cee-Lo is one of those rare artists who may indeed embody the fullest range of the black aesthetic (Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Dorsey, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Prince, are a few of the musical performers who come to mind).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A well-rounded record that shows their maturation from an underground rap collective to a matured group who have found their voice in a crowded and commercial genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This new album sounds fuller and crisper than Iron and Wine's earlier recordings, but the minimalist artistry hasn't changed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So fresh, so revelatory, so alive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a couple of hiccups (the clunky R&B of "Get By", the silly call and response of "Knock Knock"), it's every bit as good as Boy in da Corner, and sometimes even better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imperfect and ambitious, sometimes startling and always smart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a classic Costello record... arguably his most cohesive, magnetic collection of songs since Blood & Chocolate and the highlight of his middle-age years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Man Mountain is an explosion of cinematic orchestration and lush 1960s guitars, cerebrally chill and simply extraordinary.... One of the best albums of 2002.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most striking aspect of Gold Medal is the band's remarkable maturation process over the past two years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow, it just might be the pop album of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The rock energy that drove much of their early career has given way to a perfect sense for texture and sound. Reveal is a lush, dreamy pop mood-piece that hovers in the realm of rumination and introspection.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that a woman of Lynn's tenure can slide so easily into what is essentially an alt-country environment without losing any of her down-home authenticity simply underscores her versatility and timelessness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Shins dare to take some chances on this CD, and their boldness winds up elevating this album over their first one by a considerable margin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world of Two Way Monologue may find more by way of endings and duties, but even these can't dampen Lerche's contagious musical sensibilities, exhilarating vigor and downright stupefying songcraft.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tyrannosaurus Hives lacks its predecessor's cohesive vision, but it finds the band in excellent form, exploring universes beyond their own. One of the year's best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sung Tongs is an inch more sublime than anything they've done previously, with more phenomenal use of their manic choir of Motown vocals, less scattered, clique-ish dissonance, and more sideshow bubblegum-pop freaking out on god-knows-what powerful substance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plainly stated, Turn on the Bright Lights is the album modern followers of post-punk have been waiting for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's startlingly good, better than an eight-year-layoff album has any right to be.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The problem with Madvillainy, if it can even be termed a problem, is that Doom and Madlib just have too many ideas.