PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,158 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Achtung Baby [Super Deluxe]
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9158 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an album worthy of Radiohead’s peerless catalog, a rich addition to what is the most vital and important string of rock albums of the last 30 years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a work that blends a preoccupation with both the maudlin and mundane with the musical sensibility of the Factory Records collection.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Singer Theo Hutchcraft's voice is dramatic but elegant and carries each melody with a sense of purpose. His delivery is calm and composed, but he lets the words he has written speak for themselves; there's no ambiguity in these words.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    never has he put together something as perfectly formed and structured as this. It’s a journey from the inside out; it slowly unravels its form until the pieces are mere threads, floating in the breeze.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clearly the product of a great deal of work and expressive of a fascinating atmosphere of weight and tension, Acrobats is one of the finest returns of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is the natural progression and refining of everything the band has done prior to it; it encapsulates and exemplifies all at once.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telephantasm is a potent reminder that heavy music can be brutal yet intelligent, that music that's dissonant and gnarly can achieve mainstream acceptance, and that it's been far, far too long since most alternative/indie rock has rocked this hard so well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Loyalty is an exceptionally affecting masterpiece, at once timeless and very much of its time, highly personal in its specificity and universal in its emotional accessibility and resonance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The final number is “All Creatures of Our God and King”, a traditional hymn sung with piano only, and it showcases Griffin’s voice at its most pure, a fitting and mesmerizing end to an album that, regardless of one’s belief, is an uplifting, moving, and exquisite listening experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The true appeal of 1989, in its perfect evocation of our hugest, most teenage feelings, isn’t the socio-political purity so many critics seem to begrudge Swift for failing to embody, its an aesthetic purity--the purity of feeling, the life-affirming way pop music like hers can force us to drop our pretenses of sophistication for the length of an album and feel on a visceral, unfiltered level
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a dedication and an ardor in play that cannot be denied.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics might not make much sense, and there's nothing groundbreaking here, but with songs as ridiculously catchy and fun as these, who cares?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is simply a stunning accomplishment.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could spend weeks with COW/Chill Out, World! and still feel the thrill of discovery with each new listen.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Elitism for the People 1975-1978 functions as a veritable primer for not only those interested in the band, but also those looking to explore the possibilities of popular music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as difficult as black metal gets, often so difficult that the ”you” of the title seems leveled at the listener as much as at the rest of the world, but it’s also as perfect as black metal gets and the logical end goal of everything the Body and Thou have been working towards, separately and together, since they began.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a confident, balanced work of mass art with only extremely minor flaws.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Icky Mettle might have a reputation for containing a one-trick pony and the band's singular best known moment in the form of "Web in Front," but there's a wealth of material to really dig into and enjoy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It reveals Lekman as a maturing songwriter and human being who’s able to roll with the life’s uncertainty and continue to make beautiful art about it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music for uncontrollable giggle fits, playing fetch with over excited border collies, and sledding down steep, snowy hills with your kids; this is music that makes you feel intensely alive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There simply isn't another singer working in pop music now that holds a candle to Jones.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The truly impressive thing about Piñata is that when the album is at its top level, it’s nearly untouchable.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blonde is the sound of an artist urging his listener to be patient, and in this age of instant gratification, it is a refreshing, rewarding triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Black City represents the dark night of Dear's soul, Beams is the neon-lit dawn of an accomplished artist at the height of his creative powers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both "Meek Warrior" and "Love Is Simple" are strong albums, but there’s a sense of unfulfillment in them--Akron/Family seems to be testing itself in new areas rather than completing a task. On new album Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, though, that changes, as the band delivers a masterpiece.