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
    • 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    Despite a somewhat stifled mix, and the fact that Butler’s romanticism has been replaced by moments of bitterness, and in some instances petulance, what makes the new CD a worthy successor is what made us fall for this band in the first place: the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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brillant, beautiful album whose very nature allows it to work equally well as music for the background, where it serves as utterly unobtrusive wallpaper, or the foreground, where the little details can be noticed and treasured.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Innocence is Kinky might be a more clear distillation of Hval’s vision, but that’s only because the gaze is fixed so intently from performer to perpetrator.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With American Ride, Willie Nile joins their ranks and proves he can do it just as well as the best of them, sometimes better--Springsteen included.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Suburbs offers several observations comparable to the ones above but fails to combine them with a greater mixture of moods and topics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new editions of Gish and Siamese Dream (especially Siamese Dream, which handily outclasses its companion release in all areas) are steps in the right direction, being sumptuous reminders of the heights the group once attained back when it had everything to prove and nothing to lose.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sadies' best album yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result: an album where he sounds more like himself than ever before. For a guy with nothing left to prove, Fulks sure seems determined to show off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The production and arrangements truly shine, showcasing Griffin in a new way, one that discards the easy (and limiting) concept of Griffin as a songwriter’s songwriter, and which places the spotlight back on her ability to perform.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here, the Weeknd thumbs its nose at mainstream R&B's hollow hedonism while simultaneously creating a flawless soundtrack to a blackout house party. What you should do with the track, ultimately, is press play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seven Swans easily does the job of securing Sufjan Stevens as one of those songwriters you must become familiar with.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A. has given us one of the albums of the year. Bravo.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's as well assembled as one could hope a box set of this type to be assembled. But the excessiveness of the content here suggests that this box set would have been better served in a career-spanning retrospective, not one limited to just the debut album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    FKA twigs, more than any of her weirder colleagues, seems to understand how to fuse experimentation, traditional pop frameworks, and pop-star packaging into uniquely viable, potent formula for breakthrough success.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is innovative but still rooted in a firm roots tradition. It is socially committed but not predictably or boringly so.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best tribute to Lester Bowie, of course, is to do something original and surprising. And Dave Douglas manages that here by using a smaller band that remains rich, subtle, impressionistic, and versatile--but still fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though not quite as spectacular as Rings Around the World, Phantom Power is still one of the most refreshingly original and fun releases of the summer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a consistently enjoyable album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part Lies, is absolutely the definitive collection to come from R.E.M. – the one to own and cherish and keep – and this one goes out to the ones who love what they've heard on the radio, but are unsure where to begin the begin.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The New Pornographers have made such a great album, tuneful, overdosed with hooks, that all the past sins of our Northern neighbors are forgiven. Well, maybe not Rush, but close.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Maintaining the integrity of the groove but exploiting it to near-unrecognizable lengths is a stylistic tightrope that the DFA dares walk.