PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,510 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:
7,510 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lamar concentrates the ideas of hip-hop narrative and nonfiction into such a form that's shocking for how simultaneously accessible yet full of depth it is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With this record, Skinner is now in a class all his own; nobody else is making music like this.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It was as powerful a set of players as Davis ever played with, but it also did its own thing, carving out a space that was equal parts eccentric and classic, innovative and authoritative.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's funky and fantastic, futuristic but retro. It's in a category of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Places of Worship is highly recommended for fans of Miles Davis, Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, Triosk and Fennesz.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Guitar Song quite firmly cements Johnson's place at the forefront of today's country music songwriters, performers, and singers. The fact that he had the courage to put out a 25-song album after achieving some success is not as significant as the courage he had to keep following his vision of what country music can and should be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An electronic album that is utterly original and not easily forgotten.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A big leap from the already high elevation of Michigan.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its girth, Shout! Factory's The Complete Beat isn't really complete....Complete still gives you three Peel Sessions, a mini-concert, and some fine dubs and 12" mixes along with the original albums.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is essential for fans of Texas singer-songwriters, Americana, idiosyncratic albums, or for anyone looking to have an intimate exchange with a sensitive man during a turbulent time in American pop culture history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rio is a full range of emotion, created on the spot. All these years later, Keith Jarrett remains great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Cities to Love exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Original Pirate Material, to put it plainly, is the most vivid evocation of life as a young person in the UK since Blur's Parklife, and yes, even The Clash's first album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tom Waits has never made an album quite like Alice before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's really good, good enough to make you wonder why you haven't heard of Candi Staton (more often).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a shame only Church and Remy Zero fans will be inclined to check this out because it is a masterpiece lying beyond the power of the descriptive word.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Funeral is a truly eccentric rock record: bizarre at turns and recognizable elsewhere, equally beautiful and harrowing, theatrical and sincere, defying categorization while attempting to create new genres.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vastly competent array of MCs each have their own distinct flow and pace, but very little--from Flowdan’s lightning-fast verbal gymnastics, to Rick Ranking’s slow-cooked esophageal rumblings, to Roger Robinson’s soulful melancholy--clashes in a way that dulls or vitiates the album’s impact.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout its 12 quality tracks, it's interesting enough to engage listeners and engaging enough to keep the listeners interested. It's a step well above most of the hip-hop that has been released in recent years and will be played frequently until a new OutKast album materializes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The human voice, the most striking change in Burial’s sound, renders Untrue superior to its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If, by chance, Spaces happens to be the very first record which you pick up by Nils Frahm, I must proclaim to be extremely jealous--you have a beautiful and highly rewarding journey ahead of you, my friend.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Z
    While parts of previous My Morning Jacket albums sounded sloppy, Z is crisply-produced and markedly more refined, in part due to co-producer (with James) John Leckie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark’s songwriting has a peculiar gap to it, and St. Vincent’s best moments are the ones that happen between sense and nonsense, between the long story and the primal reaction to it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RTJ2 is filled with such thoughtful, penetrating moments, tightly wound up in 11 bona fide bangers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Rounds isn't quite the jaw-dropping masterpiece that Manitoba's Up in Flames is, and despite the fact that the album lags on the meandering "And They All Look Broken Hearted", it's still a remarkable record, one that, like the work of Dan Snaith, gives a usually stale musical genre a undeniably human feel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Neon Golden is one of the most exquisite electronic albums to come out in ages.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A charming, witty pastiche of mashed up samples, beats, bangs, and bobs.... Truly a breakthrough in the world of dance music.