PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,124 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% 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 Elephant
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,124 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has never sounded stronger on record as they do here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike the overstuffed Silver or Seacaucus, The Meadowlands manages to reveal the expanse of the Wrens' vision without trading on their intimate charms.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/deathcabforcutie-transatlanticism.shtml" TARGET="_blank">This album is a beautiful trek through time that pays tribute to the human condition with simple melodies and honest storytelling, a nearly perfect pop record.</A> [Review 1, Score: 100] <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/deathcabforcutie-transatlanticism2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">For old-school Death Cab supporters, it's gut-check time: Did you like these guys for their "rock" or their "indie"? While the secret is out, the music is still too emotionally honest and infectiously witty to hold at a distance.</A> [Review 2, Score: 80]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That level of "realness", the way that the songs ring true whether he's bragging or self-criticizing, joking or praying, is what makes The College Dropout more than worthy of all of the attention that it's getting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most musically rich, catchy, smartly written "new new wave" record since Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this album isn't quite as good as the now legendary Stillmatic, it is one of the best hip-hop discs to drop in some time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is without question their finest hour since the classic Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Concept albums can often be difficult affairs, more geared towards scratching their creators self indulgent itch than providing listeners with an enjoyable experience. While Mount Eerie is not on the same level as The Wall or Tommy, it is a remarkable effort by a brilliantly talented band.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the best mixtape, The Magnificent glides from songs that are destined to be underground classics, party tracks, songs to get our swerve on to, and the straight head nodders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White Hot Peach proves that they cannot be dismissed as mere one-hit wonders. Primitive Radio Gods have created one of those rare recordings that is not only great, but is nearly essential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's electrifying, hypnotic songs are hard to shake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earnest and straightforward, as rock and roll should be.... The Last DJ is clearly an expression of what Tom Petty feels right now, and his honesty -- coupled with his talent -- is revitalizing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes The Great Destroyer surprising is how seamlessly they balance all these moods and sounds. Not to mention courageously. This is an album, not a collection of Low songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a fantastic album, no less so than the one before it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His appeal isn't just in the wedding of hip-hop to the American folk tradition; other artists from Beck to Timbaland have taken respectable shots into that acoustic barrel. Buck 65 is doing something more ambitious: reading a tradition of American storytelling through hip-hop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It] could be annoying if it turned into a game of "spot the references", but somehow it never does.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Woman King is, in essence, the sound of a songwriter with an intuitive grasp on his craft, swiftly acknowledging the studio's crucial supporting role in his songs' structure and rearing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an accessible album, but one containing challenging contrasts. In the end, what's most impressive is how Arulpragasam powerfully weaves a consistent theme of rootlessness throughout the record, drawing on her experiences in both the third world and modern London, from civil war to Western urban culture, and her own, highly unique, bastardized form of pop music is the extraordinary end result.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely do records come around that are such a great mix of a physical adrenaline rush combined with intellectualism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The effect is one of musical theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chesnutt has rarely sounded better... expressing a full array of vivid and contrasting emotional states.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] freedom to push things to extremes is what makes In Case We Die such a thrill ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    E is one of the best songwriters America has to offer, and he has made as personal, poignant, and ultimately redeeming an album that you are ever going to hear.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Devils & Dust does not break new ground. In many ways, it is rather conventional -- a mostly acoustic collection that hearkens back to Bruce's origins as a singer-songwriter -- but it is this conventionality, in its acceptance of older American forms of music, where the disc hits its mark.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's already on my list as one of the absolute best albums of 2005.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's her darkest and most complex record to date, an examination of the centripetal destruction that consumes lives at the point of no return.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/spoon-gimmefiction.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Review #1:</A> The sound of Gimme Fiction is as ideal a conceptualization of the band as could be imagined. [score=100]; <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/spoon-gimmefiction2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">Review #2:</A> "Gimme Fiction" has a sense of mischief and curiosity that renders it more consistently varied and just plain more listenable than "Moonlight". [score=80]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no other hard rock band around who can match the audacity, intensity, progressive nature, and accessibility of System of a Down, and with Mezmerize, they've simply topped themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Demon Days is fantastic.
    • 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.