PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 8,998 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 Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
8998 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Shins dare to take some chances on this CD, and their boldness winds up elevating this album over their first one by a considerable margin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world of Two Way Monologue may find more by way of endings and duties, but even these can't dampen Lerche's contagious musical sensibilities, exhilarating vigor and downright stupefying songcraft.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tyrannosaurus Hives lacks its predecessor's cohesive vision, but it finds the band in excellent form, exploring universes beyond their own. One of the year's best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sung Tongs is an inch more sublime than anything they've done previously, with more phenomenal use of their manic choir of Motown vocals, less scattered, clique-ish dissonance, and more sideshow bubblegum-pop freaking out on god-knows-what powerful substance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plainly stated, Turn on the Bright Lights is the album modern followers of post-punk have been waiting for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's startlingly good, better than an eight-year-layoff album has any right to be.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The problem with Madvillainy, if it can even be termed a problem, is that Doom and Madlib just have too many ideas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a singer, Morrissey has never sounded better than this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Review #1: <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/smithelliott-fromabasement.shtml" TARGET="_blank">A decisive triumph, and probably a personal best for Smith</A> [score=90]; Review #2: <A HREF="http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/smithelliott-fromabasement2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">May be Smith's finest.</A> [score=90]
    • PopMatters
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has never sounded stronger on record as they do here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike the overstuffed Silver or Seacaucus, The Meadowlands manages to reveal the expanse of the Wrens' vision without trading on their intimate charms.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/deathcabforcutie-transatlanticism.shtml" TARGET="_blank">This album is a beautiful trek through time that pays tribute to the human condition with simple melodies and honest storytelling, a nearly perfect pop record.</A> [Review 1, Score: 100] <A HREF="http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/deathcabforcutie-transatlanticism2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">For old-school Death Cab supporters, it's gut-check time: Did you like these guys for their "rock" or their "indie"? While the secret is out, the music is still too emotionally honest and infectiously witty to hold at a distance.</A> [Review 2, Score: 80]
    • PopMatters
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That level of "realness", the way that the songs ring true whether he's bragging or self-criticizing, joking or praying, is what makes The College Dropout more than worthy of all of the attention that it's getting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most musically rich, catchy, smartly written "new new wave" record since Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this album isn't quite as good as the now legendary Stillmatic, it is one of the best hip-hop discs to drop in some time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is without question their finest hour since the classic Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Concept albums can often be difficult affairs, more geared towards scratching their creators self indulgent itch than providing listeners with an enjoyable experience. While Mount Eerie is not on the same level as The Wall or Tommy, it is a remarkable effort by a brilliantly talented band.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the best mixtape, The Magnificent glides from songs that are destined to be underground classics, party tracks, songs to get our swerve on to, and the straight head nodders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White Hot Peach proves that they cannot be dismissed as mere one-hit wonders. Primitive Radio Gods have created one of those rare recordings that is not only great, but is nearly essential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's electrifying, hypnotic songs are hard to shake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earnest and straightforward, as rock and roll should be.... The Last DJ is clearly an expression of what Tom Petty feels right now, and his honesty -- coupled with his talent -- is revitalizing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes The Great Destroyer surprising is how seamlessly they balance all these moods and sounds. Not to mention courageously. This is an album, not a collection of Low songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a fantastic album, no less so than the one before it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His appeal isn't just in the wedding of hip-hop to the American folk tradition; other artists from Beck to Timbaland have taken respectable shots into that acoustic barrel. Buck 65 is doing something more ambitious: reading a tradition of American storytelling through 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Woman King is, in essence, the sound of a songwriter with an intuitive grasp on his craft, swiftly acknowledging the studio's crucial supporting role in his songs' structure and rearing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an accessible album, but one containing challenging contrasts. In the end, what's most impressive is how Arulpragasam powerfully weaves a consistent theme of rootlessness throughout the record, drawing on her experiences in both the third world and modern London, from civil war to Western urban culture, and her own, highly unique, bastardized form of pop music is the extraordinary end result.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely do records come around that are such a great mix of a physical adrenaline rush combined with intellectualism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The effect is one of musical theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chesnutt has rarely sounded better... expressing a full array of vivid and contrasting emotional states.