PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,114 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 A Crow Looked at Me
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9114 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They could have coasted gracefully the rest of the way and nobody would have complained. But they did push themselves like they’ve never done before, and they’ve rewarded their millions of worldwide fans with a late-career zenith.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Soft Bounce may not be the best album of the year, but it’s certainly one of the most enjoyable listens to come along within these first seven months. And with its lack of date-stamping, it’s surely one to which we can return time and again without the slightest whiff of nostalgia for 2016, 1996 or 1966.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, the greatest testament to David Comes to Life is how it feels like there's more and more to it, even when you're already on sensory overload as it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure it comes with its imperfections, but it's this humanity that makes music so life affirming. Like all great rock bands that have gone before them-allow Baroness the opportunity to change your life. They just might succeed in doing so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The hooks and riffs are just so, so pummelling and intoxicating, it’s as though every element of this record was plotted and constructed to maximum effect. And yet, Antipodes is an all out effortless feeling effort, with a natural flow that feels almost as though it was pulled out of a magician’s hat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Man Mountain is an explosion of cinematic orchestration and lush 1960s guitars, cerebrally chill and simply extraordinary.... One of the best albums of 2002.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ware gives her most understated performance on the record, and ironically her most anonymous, but the track's hypnotic, uneasy lurch calls for this delivery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band never merely repeats itself here, creating a record that sounds at once cohesive and loaded with singles. It's a rare feat, and one that usually gets overlooked by critics shooting for the zeitgeist. Good for us that we didn't miss out on this one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the album moves forward, the number of moments, musical and lyrical, that sneak up on you and tear you apart increases.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This talented duo has made one hell of an album, actually one of the best of 2008, in the process.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing that Fever Ray does is as immediate or soaring as a track like 'Marble House' but Fever Ray makes up for the lack of highs by being an even more all-enveloping experience than the last few Knife records.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Demons makes it clear that Chesnutt's dark and solemn songwriting is naturally suited for a band like Cowboy Junkies, and should go a long way toward furthering Chesnutt's own legacy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Older, wiser and with nothing to lose other than hair, Madness has gone and released an album that’s virtually flawless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can call it selling out. You can call it mainstream. Just don’t call it bad. Call it the best album of their career. Scratch that: call it one of the best of 2006.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here, Jukebox the Ghost give me everything I need and more. For those mourning the loss of Jellyfish, Beulah, Blur, or the sounds of XTC's or Squeeze's heydays, purchasing this album is a direct order, and not up for debate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eminently powerful work of rock ‘n’ roll from start to finish, Slave Vows hasn’t saved the soul of rock music, but it sure as hell has revitalized it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mostly, Iyer defies comparison other than in convincing you that he belongs in august company. If this first solo recital was a historical test, then Vijay Iyer gets an A.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with these toe-dips in fuzzier, darker grooves, there's still a sanguine blanket that covers Nine Types of Light -- and, astonishingly, it doesn't come off as a wallow in overdone pathos.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their fifth LP Discontinued Perfume this is true again. They're not doing anything all that differently, yet it seems like a giant step forward, and their best album yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a poignant, reflective, and very often frank portrayal of humanity’s dual impulses authored by someone who has lived several chapters, yet knows the story is constantly being rewritten.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Judas Priest have exceeded all expectations and made one of the best albums of their storied career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than rest on his laurels or deliver a bigger and better sequel, Tillman has instead created an album that covers a wider variety of subject matter with more focused and rich songwriting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Soul Position album is even more appealing than the Deadringer "Final Frontier" single, as topics and production are pushed beyond what seems to be the visible limits of hip-hop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It] could be annoying if it turned into a game of "spot the references", but somehow it never does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is nothing if not dazzling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately it’s a reaffirmation of that original gambit and breakthrough, a renewal of vows between artist and audience, and a reminder that second acts are possible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An Americana capstone, artists present and future should aspire to reach the heights of You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Merriweather Post Pavilion finds Animal Collective tight and sharp, and it suits them. Animal Collective’s music is for everyone’s world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Private World of Paradise [is] clearly one of the best albums of this young year so far.