PopMatters' Scores

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For 7,160 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 Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,160 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few bands today are as good at telling a simple, straightforward, from-the-gut story like the Drive-By Truckers are.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a couple of hiccups (the clunky R&B of "Get By", the silly call and response of "Knock Knock"), it's every bit as good as Boy in da Corner, and sometimes even better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a poignant, reflective, and very often frank portrayal of humanity’s dual impulses authored by someone who has lived several chapters, yet knows the story is constantly being rewritten.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has never sounded stronger on record as they do here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes Cash is a little wordy and other times Leventhal’s melodies kind of drift off, but mostly the two mesh together well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Balanced, not bombastic, long-practiced, and utterly identifiable even when playing across different styles--that's a great band. And Historicity is the album they had to make.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s easy to say this is a post-Hüsker Dü album, but the story of Workbook is a more complicated one than that, and 25 years later it still plays like a story worth hearing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/5161/los-lobos-the-town-and-the-city/" TARGET="_blank">Review #1:</A> Stands as one of the band’s best efforts. [score=70]; <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/5257/los-lobos-the-town-and-the-city1/" TARGET="_blank">Review #2:</A> The Town and the City is just as tight and adventurous as anything else coming out this year. [score=90]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    World Without Tears is a complex, multifaceted album that musically highlights Williams's continued blurring of musical genres and poetic lyrics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Things finds Low's measured atmospherics and gentle melodies further enhanced by layers of instrumentation -- for instance, cello, violin, piano, mellotron and trumpet. Moreover, it finds the band's melancholy and affecting textures coalescing even more into traditional song structures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Somewhere in its utter hugeness, it breaks down barriers between listener and music, between sound and reaction to that sound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This remastered version includes seven bonus tracks. One is an alternate version of “Jenny”; the other six are additional songs recorded for this album and unreleased until now. Thematically and musically they fit in well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The melding of Plant’s hard rock vocals and Krauss’ sweet sound requires them both to stretch their talents in unexpected ways. The new album’s triumph lies in the fact that they both seem to do this so effortlessly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their work, especially that displayed on Refinement, stands as some of the more original and evocative music being produced today, smart and technical without sacrificing atmosphere and feeling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Let’s Stay Friends is a fitting fourth album for Les Savy Fav. Assured and confident in an established style, the band also finds new ways to express its visions of frustration and celebration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most musically rich, catchy, smartly written "new new wave" record since Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Airtight's Revenge joins Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun, Van Hunt's Popular, Meshell Ndegeocello's Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, Rahsaan Patterson's Wines & Spirits, Joi's Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, and Sy Smith's Conflict as a generation-defining masterwork of unflinching vision that captures the artist at the very moment in time that it is released.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gas Mask is simply a strongly appealing hip-hop record with just the right balance of guests to keep his voice from becoming stale.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tigermending has everything that a superb record requires: heart, soul, mysticism, unpredictability, and complexity, which is never sacrificed for accessibility.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excavation is entirely capable of conjuring up all sorts of images in your mind while the music plays, but Virgins keeps you focused instead on what’s happening inside of it; for music with so few conventional entry points, Hecker has again managed to make his work structurally and viscerally gripping.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    xx
    Above all though, xx is a thoroughly cohesive, moving and accessible album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Channeling whatever ceremonial endeavors (or imbibing whatever substances) are required, Goat has come up with an exuberant album filled to the brim with potent mysticism; World Music is fittingly possessed by a sprit of pure adventurousness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As foolish as it seems to say that any music is 100 percent new, I've never heard anything like this before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has no chance in hell to answer to all the hype and buzz around it, it’s not going to impact the dance music scene that reveres the robots so and you might as well be playing it on shuffle, but it’s a rich and warm musical experience that suits both the dancefloor and concentrated headphone listening in equal amounts that forms an important part of the duo’s musical journey.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a somewhat stifled mix, and the fact that Butler’s romanticism has been replaced by moments of bitterness, and in some instances petulance, what makes the new CD a worthy successor is what made us fall for this band in the first place: the music’s unflagging passion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A carefully layered, multifaceted album in terms of its sound, music, lyrics, and thematic cohesion -- in short, a great musical achievement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At once ancient and modern.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phenology is stunning, ranking right up there with the best hip-hop music of today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What they might lose in flair, they gain in severity, perspective, focus and the strength of their connection to the well of deep sadness at the center of the country-music tradition.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In every other respect, this album finds Touché Amoré at its strongest, emphasizing those qualities that have made it such a draw in the past and improving those ones that had been holding it back previously.