PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,222 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 Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9222 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though there are eight months left in 2016, it’s impossible to imagine any album having nearly as much personality, experimentation, or superb songs as Fool does, and will certainly be one of the best albums to come down the pipeline this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark’s songwriting has a peculiar gap to it, and St. Vincent’s best moments are the ones that happen between sense and nonsense, between the long story and the primal reaction to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Way There from Here is packed to bursting with influences from country to pop, tons of different instruments, happy songs, sad songs, fast songs, slow songs--but each in such a measure as to blend to near perfection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brainwashed is a rich musical treasure trove well mined in execution and production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smart, unpretentious, and classy all the way through.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mountain Goats have just added a further chapter in an ongoing saga of (micro) relationships examined against a backdrop of (macro) global concern, We Shall All Be Healed being the most explicit yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise is yet another masterpiece in its creator’s canon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Made in the Dark is a great album, varied and surprisingly heartfelt.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    2011 may reward us with releases that are just as bright, witty, and engaging as Generation Indigo, but it is unlikely that someone as singular as Styrene will be behind them.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that a woman of Lynn's tenure can slide so easily into what is essentially an alt-country environment without losing any of her down-home authenticity simply underscores her versatility and timelessness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the fiercely competitive pop world, the coalescence of earworm melodies, lush production, and dynamic performances is usually the unlikely result of an ensemble effort of high-salaried professionals; alone, Boucher beats them at their own game and then some with one of the most rebellious, uncommonly bizarre records of the young post-modern pop era.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who only know Amy Ray as an Indigo Girl, or as a socially active label owner will find this record a snarling, beautiful surprise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sadies' best album yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her bold delivery and fresh take on classic tropes show she’s a master of detailing the chaos of life. She’s a double threat who can write ‘em and sing ‘em.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through music, Kuti received redemption and power. The Best of the Black President gathers his best singles in one place. Here are the strongest moments of a musician that never played a single unnecessary note.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you only know them through “Come on Eileen” then I urge and implore you, give this a listen and then work backwards through the rest of their catalogue. You’ll be rewarded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Powerful drums drive most tracks, joined by a host of other instruments: kora strummed to perfection, ferocious electric guitars, and, of course, each and every voice. Every member gets ample opportunity to shine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we’ve all come to need is balance and perspective before death, and Pelican provides that with perfect precision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album commanded by machines, few releases could tap into our terrifying mortality like this.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record seems to outweigh the previous album in terms of quality and depth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IRM
    IRM is a swirling mess of sounds and signifiers, tied together in how irresistible it all is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yamagata's voice is one of those rare gifts, a vocal quality that is instantly recognizable and distinctive, yet somehow classic, with an incredible range that covers both the sensual lows and the tender, melancholy highs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing on America feels forced, and notably, Deacon never loses that underlying essence of fun that has followed him throughout his career.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No other album made by the countless electronic composers delves this deeply into places people fear to face.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Allo Darlin' and Europe indeed do have what it takes to be a band and album that mean so much to the particular people to whom they mean so much to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, swirling in there with Yorke's apocalyptic surrealisms and his band's tricky rhythms, there's a beating heart that feels almost animal. If The King of Limbs doesn't feel alive to you at first, give it some time to wake up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s better than much of what has come out thus far this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really distinguishes Apologies to the Queen Mary from just another ambitious rock album though, is the dynamic and accessible songwriting -- and the voices that propel those songs from the streets to the stratosphere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Caveat emptor: for anyone thinking of shelling out $40-to-$60, be warned that the extra Stones material and the DVD are both less than 30 minutes in length. For Stones enthusiasts, this newly unearthed bounty is essential and price should be no object.