PopMatters' Scores

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  • 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
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Commemorative repackage or not, Lifes Rich Pageant is a must-listen rock record that is too often overshadowed by more chatted-about releases.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through music, Kuti received redemption and power. The Best of the Black President gathers his best singles in one place. Here are the strongest moments of a musician that never played a single unnecessary note.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This set feels like two complete albums-Some Girls One and Some Girls Two-and the sequel nearly manages to match the original's vital power.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    However delayed Live at Reading‘s official release is, thankfully fans can finally rejoice and celebrate its long-awaited arrival. Few live shows are able to communicate a band’s heart and soul the way Nirvana’s is brilliantly encapsulated here.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Love and Theft" sees Dylan roaring back from Highway 61 at full bore, reminding us -- as he did on Blonde on Blonde, The Basement Tapes, and Blood on the Tracks -- that, like him or not, there isn't anybody else who can do his job.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Upon further reflection, an Achtung Baby shorn of any extras should be more than enough to satisfy you, after all-that's how it's been served for the past two decades. Everything else is mere garnish on top of a flat-out genius work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bottom line: whether you're a casual fan or a more obsessive one, this is the definitive issue of L.A. Woman.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the most comprehensive portrait of her significant body of work yet, it’s the perfect opportunity to listen closer to the whole picture, to see what overarching stories Parton’s music offers, to think about the rich bounty of stories and ideas that live in her songs.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The overall presentation of My Dusty Road, however, falls far short of the standard achieved by The Asch Recordings.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the Impossible Past is an impeccably crafted melodic hardcore record by a group ready for it's close-up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Biokinetics remains their unequivocal masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blur 21: The Box documents [the band's evolution] with a staggering breadth of material-even the B-sides and unreleased material feel uniformly strong. It's a complete and necessary document for a band so important to their country's music and to music in general.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Around these four brilliant sets, we also get three bonus cuts from the Fillmore West in April of 1970. These sets [are] a bit murkier in quality--the four proper sets here are pristine--but they make for compelling contrasts.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down could have tremendous cathartic power for this who are aware of history and its knack for repeating itself. For those who are willing, this is a good place to start an education.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deafheaven’s audacity and artistry are hard to deny, which is but one of many reasons why Sunbather is an essential listen, and one of 2013’s boldest works of art.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may never occupy the place in the indie rock canon that "Slanted and Enchanted" has, and it may not be regarded as the band’s high point like "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," but 11 years later, this album still sounds great, maybe even better in its old age.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If none of the new songs are essential, they'll still be a boon to completists, while those who only know Guthrie's most famous songs will get a much more rounded overview from Woody at 100.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At Carnegie Hall staunchly carries with it the brand characteristics that launched this cultural exchange.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is an album that can be loved as both an achievement and an experience, a document and a revelation; it is simultaneously a problem to be solved and a spectacle to simply witness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Because half these songs are already widely available elsewhere, this collection has slightly less archival impact than the Gentile Elvis's Sun Sessions or last year's widely-circulated Never Mind the Bullets, Here's Early Bob Seger. Musically, though, it's in their league.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may hard to both live up to hype and craft something distinct in a young career already brimming with excellent releases, channel ORANGE finds Frank Ocean rising to the challenge with a class unlike anyone in music these days.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These discs should be played loud, but not to ramp up the cinematics. Rather, they should be played loud to highlight the intimate details, to convince you just how uniquely, impossibly good these guys were when they played together.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You will be hard pressed to find another album that is as essential and equal parts human and inhuman as The Satanist, a world-beating return from near death for Behemoth’s enigmatic emperor.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each album, from the White Stripes to De Stijl to White Blood Cells, has shown their evolution from Blind Willie McTell cover band with a pop sensibility to full-fledged, honest-to-goodness rock 'n' roll gods, a status finally reached on their latest disc.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Raw Power is one of his definitive statements, and it is presented here in superb form. You owe it to yourself to get this.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imperfect and ambitious, sometimes startling and always smart.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The London performance has yielded one of the finest live albums to come our way in a long while.