PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,756 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Keep An Eye On The Sky
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,756 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s concise and endlessly intriguing (even when the music itself is lacking).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a dedication and an ardor in play that cannot be denied.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, the production is grand, the band tight, and the songs are clever, but Hunter’s voice is the main attraction here. He sings with an ache that never breaks, even though he always seems to be reaching for a note just out of range.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Syro is hardly alienating. On the contrary, it is by turns raw, intricate, and intimate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Young Man in America is born from sorrow, suffering, shattered dreams and incendiary youth "waiting on oblivion", yet it's one of the most life-affirming musical journeys you'll have all year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Fay's fan base is likely to remain meager, those who Life is People touches are unlikely to hear a more inspiring album this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This superb recording is as good a place as any to find a decent map.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a very basic level, this CD is a fun, weird, nifty album of Brazilian pop music, and can easily be enjoyed as such. Unpeel the layers, and you will reap even greeter rewards, revealing a creative treatise on the rights of women in society.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Really, the most impressive thing about Robyn is just how timeless it is proving to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Separation Sunday won't win over the masses, but that's not what its intentions should be. The Hold Steady's record is a testament to what good times are really like, if you're paying close attention. That, and it will make you air-guitar. For certain.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blues Dream is one of those rare instrumental records that neither bores or infuriates.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    British Sea Power have the talent and vision to be a truly inspirational new guitar band.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rings Around the World might be stylistically all over the place, and some people may think it sounds like Super Furry Animals are desperately trying to show the world how clever they are, but it's so much fun to listen to, that it hardly matters. It's a near-perfect album, and we all should be thankful there are bands out there willing to throw everything they've got into a record just to see what happens.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it starts to coast a bit near the end, You Forgot It in People is still a highly enjoyable, effervescent, endlessly inventive album that crosses genres with astonishing ease.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So what's the problem? It's too, uh, perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with a weaker Side B collection of songs, Kaleidoscope Dream is a thrilling listen that draws comparisons to D'Angelo's Voodoo or Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part One on first listen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I Was an Eagle is a bold work that, in theory, shouldn’t work--a lengthy, near-concept album about emotional availability--but Marling makes it into one of the year’s essential releases.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ridiculously innovative.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Remastered by Weston as fuzzy or sharp, this generous re-release (the second in a series by Merge Records, founded by Superchunk) should win Vee Vee another devoted following.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Halcyon Digest is, to my mind, the best we've seen from Deerhunter, and a hint that their best is still to come. It's a fascinating document to study, but I'm not sure that makes it all great music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Welcome Interstate Managers is the welcome aural equivalent of a great collection of short stories, each song offering a little snippet from a life, and presenting a range of characters to fill this musical spectrum.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has the producer been as sharp (or as murky) at the boards as he is here, seamlessly tuning long-winded drones with slavedriver clangs into hypnotic locked grooves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, as a package, LSXX is useful if you actually want to go out and make your own version of Last Splash to get over the particularities and weaknesses of the record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Romano builds that most welcome of atmospheres: a straight-ahead, honest collaboration between like-minded artists committed to the songs.There is simply no note out of place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jaar's emotional honesty is not without lenses though, and, just when you think he's going to address the listener directly, he draws on electronic music's endless sound possibilities to clutter and even drown voice, rhythm and melody with spontaneity and a young dreamer's aimless drift.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At 59 and 48 minutes each, with space left to fill on both CDs, the label’s lack of curiosity about these more obscure sections of the Blur discography seems negligent.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Musically, the album benefits greatly from a mid-listen hoe-down trilogy that brings her scrappier Pistol Annies self to the surface.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It] could be annoying if it turned into a game of "spot the references", but somehow it never does.