PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 8,489 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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965-1966
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
8489 music reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Supreme musicianship cuts through a production job that is neither minimal nor ornate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Let England Shake is a rewarding and staunchly uncompromising piece of art from a master songwriter who remains as relevant as ever. If it all feels a bit foreign or new, it's because Harvey, as always, refuses to repeat herself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You won’t likely be amazed this time around, but be prepared to be thoroughly satisfied, all the same.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the metal album of 2013, and proof that Carcass still hold the tools of the trade to show all and sundry how to write a winning (“comeback”) album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When all three parts are taken together, though, it's obvious that somewhere in that mishmash of tracks, Robyn has truly crafted the Album of the Year. Body Talk, however, is not it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No other album made by the countless electronic composers delves this deeply into places people fear to face.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It captivates and betrays the listener who, unaware of the deceitful plan, falls victim of the most heinous crime in art: representation through deconstruction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is meticulously constructed and flawlessly engineered music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my view This Is Still It is chock-full of so much consistently great music that’s it definitely the equal of [Gang Of Four's] "Entertainment!," and may even be superior.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truer words were never uttered to describe tUnE-yArDs, though if you didn't know that before you got to the end of w h o k i l l, you weren't listening closely enough to it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of this material has leaked out onto other releases in the past, some of it as early as live LP in 1974, other tracks have popped up on recent deluxe editions, but there’s nothing like having it all in one place for one long celebration of the night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is not entirely strong and not entirely weak. It is not entirely anything. The strength, as always, lies in the couple’s songwriting aptitude.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Natalie Prass shows she’s got the complex stuff down pat, but getting back to the basics might be the next stage of development that takes her to another level.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As singer, songwriter, producer and bandleader, Simpson juggled his own destiny on A Sailor’s Guide to Earth without dropping the baby. Afforded creative freedom many felt would be stifled, Simpson’s latest musical offspring is a love letter we can all cherish. Ahmet Ertegun would be proud.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if you’re not much of a cerebral-rock person, take a chance with this one—it pays off.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Indecision and despair may be her favorite subjects to write about, but musically, Van Etten has crafted an assured, resounding triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its hype, its expectations, its blown up sound, and its many production flourishes, Bon Iver is nothing more than a solid placeholder album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This disconnect actually amps up the album's tension and energy, as if that first half was the uphill struggle, and the rest is the triumphant sound coming down from the summit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Southern Rock Opera is a complex work, a cohesive text that functions as a Bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story; as an exploration of cultural issues that have defined the South; as an autobiography of the Drive-by Truckers; and as a reclaiming of Lynyrd Skynyrd's legend and music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incendiary and intelligent, it is an album that propels an already lauded band into the realms of the truly legendary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This LP is carefully constructed and pushes all the right emotional buttons to great effect, balancing its angst-ridden lyrics with a sound that’s as clear as glass.