PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 7,221 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Love And Theft
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
7,221 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If the whole album had the strength of the final track, I would be seriously pleased. But it does not. Rather, Manic Expressive as a whole sounds like a failed attempt at a) minimalism, b) ambient, and c) IDM.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There seems to be little craft in the results; Solex hasn't found much art in her noises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What's most shocking is the number of forgettable tracks, something Merritt typically manages to avoid.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    American Supreme accomplishes little more than tarnishing their chrome-plated punk and sending it on a winding downward spiral.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Life is too short to spend valuable time with a record as essentially inessential as Seven's Travels.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dangerous Dreams is either an homage to an homage or a flimsy extension of a fading movement; regardless, its been-there, done-that mediocrity is ultimately what defines it best.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are worse things you could spend you money on, but buy one of BMG's DVD's if you want to entertained by them; pass on this forgettable CD.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just one long drag.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This collection of warmed-over power pop wouldn't have shown up on anyone's radar if it weren't for Wilson's day job as Weezer's drummer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Kills make the least of their limitations -- rather than magnifying the importance of each choice, the simplicity of the Kills reveals how little thought went into any choice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Way too much of Bazooka Tooth is purely ego nonsense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hooks so catchy, voices so belty, organ so loud and . . . organy -- the whole experience overwhelmed my ears and hurt my brain. Listen at your own risk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    HaHa Sound's biggest flaw is its total lack of immediacy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Espinoza opts for cheap sentiment beneath layers of grandiose atmospherics.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even with several excellent songs... it's the lyrical inanity that makes the most lasting impression.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The majority of the album is just not very interesting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Oddly, nothing about This Is for Real feels sincere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yet, it would be too convenient and, frankly, unfair to simply blame the production. These songs, like Moorer's picture in the liner notes, are all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The songs are so generic that the only thing left at the record's conclusion is the feeling of how hollow and insubstantial the whole thing is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's pretty much what you'd expect from the diva -- cheesy, danceable and largely forgettable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A bloated misfire.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A very disappointing step backwards.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    His insistence on teasing us with a good line and immediately pulling away to something else, without even a rhyme as an excuse, is simply frustrating.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Lost and Found is ultimately a pointless album, one that might have sold well six years ago, but comes across as drab and hopelessly passé today.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For the discerning music listener, JackInABox is only bound to be a disappointment at best, and annoying at worst.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not that any of the songs are horrible; it's just that they are so shamelessly middle-of-the-road that you become sickened by the ambivalence that they instill.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The once fist-raising anthems for the Lilith generation have been replaced by the bland.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Mraz apparently has some skill, and maybe if he gives up on showing that skill off, his next record could be a respectable one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Where Wildflower fails is in almost everything.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Eitzel's amateur electronic dabbling, dated and nondescript, suffocates the already stagnant snippets of recycled melodies and exhausted tempos.