PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,427 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 Silver Bell
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,427 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, though, it may be the power of the sound that undid this two-minded performer. Two decades on and that power, tragic as it is, has yet to diminish.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Focusing on the demos and previously unreleased stuff would do both Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side a disfavour. Both have moments of flash and grit, and yet showcase the more polished side of the band.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fed
    I believe that if you can get past the record’s obvious shortcomings, there is quite a bit of beauty to be found.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best thing about Rat Conspiracy is the reminder that this stuff feels fresh now, cutting edge, even timeless.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last Exit, while being one of the year's most cutting-edge releases, is, most importantly, a warm, friendly, entirely accessible pop album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Half of the album is magnificent, and stylistically contradistinct, while the other half exists in some offbeat and off-putting terrain that will either elude its listeners, or alienate them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Merriweather Post Pavilion finds Animal Collective tight and sharp, and it suits them. Animal Collective’s music is for everyone’s world.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not Songs for the Deaf manages to break through to the ever-fickle TRL crowd remains to be seen; those people with the patience to sit through this remarkable album a few times, though, will know the score.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a deep, darkly beautiful work. The interplay between these two men is exceedingly rare in any type of music. Ali and Toumani is profound and powerful, with a soft accumulating force, like the individual drips of ice that form a river.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who bought the album first time round may well feel tempted by the goodies on offer in the second disc. But for those unacquainted with High Land Hard Rain, or know Aztec Camera only from their 1988 hit “Somewhere In My Heart”, you are in for a treat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hell Hath No Fury stands as one of the most entertaining releases of the year, patched with glorious lyrical play, blinging exercises in fantasy and a jaunty half-seriousness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are less like a rarities collection and more like an unlikely greatest hits album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We're not left with the emotional impact I feel Saigon desired, but we are left with supreme evidence Atlantic should have put this album out years ago.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is hard to say that the “rehearsal” tracks will be accessible to many more than hardcore Soundgarden fans or musicians who can relate to the start-stop and voiceover style of pushing through a song and trying to get it right, but then again, it’s hard to imagine many outside-of-hardcore fans of the band forking over the $90-plus it costs to buy this collection. Those that have the money and the interest should definitely do so, however.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anthology is a welcome reissue, and will more than make you happy to have experienced it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond serving as an excellent follow up to The World Won't End, Yours, Mine & Ours reveals a whole new side to the Pernice Brothers.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    People are still willing to give music their time and money. With albums like To Be Kind, it’s easy to see why.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With just enough experimentation to hint at new and future directions, while seamlessly blending improvisation and smartly conceived songs, Hypermagic Mountain is Lightning Bolt's finest achievement to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result of this incredible journey, Memorial, is the first landmark post-metal release since Isis’ Panopticon, Russian Circles’ greatest achievement, and unquestioningly one of 2013’s true artistic masterpieces.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Volume 8 in the Bootleg Series, Tell Tale Signs, which gave us a new context for Dylan's recent output, The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 give us a new frame for his genesis.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For its epic length, the collection occasionally (rarely) drags, but when it does, it doesn't for long.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an impressive record to listen to--the compositions are even more beautiful than Ekstasis, even though they’re often more fragmented--but it’s also a frightening depiction of what it feels like to have a whole population making you up in its head.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Waits has given us another brilliant album in Bad as Me, his best in a long while (maybe since 1992's Bone Machine), but he also lays down a gauntlet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Put simply, Accelerando is an album filled with highlights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a sense of purpose here, of direction and clarity, shafts of accessibility that relegate the din to the background without ever compromising the potentially hostile underbelly of the band’s core sound.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may sound strange and unwieldy on first (or second or third) exposure, but those who stick with it will be rewarded with an album of surpassing intricacy, filled with an abundance of musical nooks and crannies, the likes of which reward sustained attention and concentrated effort on the part of the listener.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An embarrassment of singular and, yes, genius riches to be found in these albums, albums worth going through again and again for the steady stream of reveals, not the compounding of mystery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some of the most euphoric, mind-blowingly beautiful music we have heard in years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Bomb the Music Industry! may not have laid waste to the music business with this record, they have made an incredibly enjoyable listen that is clearly a product of talented musicians who love their craft.