PopMatters' Scores

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For 9,220 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Queen Is Dead [Deluxe Edition)
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9220 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arca likewise refuses to ossify into a legible and easily recognizable shape, defying our expectations of the artist’s output while remaining untethered even to a clearly delineated internal logic. All of this evasion paradoxically pays off, and the resulting album is both emotionally enrapturing and conceptually thrilling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Summertime ‘06 is the kind of coming-of-age story that’s common to hip-hop, but Staples delivers his account with a furious passion and refreshing insight.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vulnicura is emotionally bare and, as a result, remarkably complex, demanding of an active listener, but it’s also one of Björk’s most poetic records in a long career. It also rewards those who join her on her emotional journey.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like its overall theme of love, Honeybear can be as intoxicating as it is messy. But given the rewards, it’s totally worth the plunge.
    • 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
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    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
    Numero Group has performed a great public service here for aficionados of joyful noise. Anyone who spent time left of the dial during the heyday of college radio should pick up this collection.
    • 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
    Unheard Songs is a revelation; a more fitting tribute to a troubled artist could not be imagined.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole, In Color is a vibrant, warm distillation of Jamie xx’s genre-spanning influences, one which could easily result in a meteoric rise in his profile.