PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,111 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 In Our Gun
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9111 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A big leap from the already high elevation of Michigan.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Carrie & Lowell is tough to nail down, but it’s also tough to listen to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lal and Mike Waterson’s Bright Phoebus more than lives up to its legendary status. Long lost, it’s a necessary purchase for fans of British folk.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Cities to Love exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its girth, Shout! Factory's The Complete Beat isn't really complete....Complete still gives you three Peel Sessions, a mini-concert, and some fine dubs and 12" mixes along with the original albums.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is essential for fans of Texas singer-songwriters, Americana, idiosyncratic albums, or for anyone looking to have an intimate exchange with a sensitive man during a turbulent time in American pop culture history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rio is a full range of emotion, created on the spot. All these years later, Keith Jarrett remains great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Original Pirate Material, to put it plainly, is the most vivid evocation of life as a young person in the UK since Blur's Parklife, and yes, even The Clash's first album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tom Waits has never made an album quite like Alice before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's really good, good enough to make you wonder why you haven't heard of Candi Staton (more often).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a shame only Church and Remy Zero fans will be inclined to check this out because it is a masterpiece lying beyond the power of the descriptive word.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Funeral is a truly eccentric rock record: bizarre at turns and recognizable elsewhere, equally beautiful and harrowing, theatrical and sincere, defying categorization while attempting to create new genres.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vastly competent array of MCs each have their own distinct flow and pace, but very little--from Flowdan’s lightning-fast verbal gymnastics, to Rick Ranking’s slow-cooked esophageal rumblings, to Roger Robinson’s soulful melancholy--clashes in a way that dulls or vitiates the album’s impact.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout its 12 quality tracks, it's interesting enough to engage listeners and engaging enough to keep the listeners interested. It's a step well above most of the hip-hop that has been released in recent years and will be played frequently until a new OutKast album materializes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The human voice, the most striking change in Burial’s sound, renders Untrue superior to its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a little short in the tooth, but a little always went a long way with this band.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If, by chance, Spaces happens to be the very first record which you pick up by Nils Frahm, I must proclaim to be extremely jealous--you have a beautiful and highly rewarding journey ahead of you, my friend.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol.1 tirelessly catalogues the beginning of the story for this band, and it will be a delight for enthusiasts. It is however almost certainly not the place to start for absolute beginners; it would be an overwhelming introduction.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Z
    While parts of previous My Morning Jacket albums sounded sloppy, Z is crisply-produced and markedly more refined, in part due to co-producer (with James) John Leckie.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RTJ2 is filled with such thoughtful, penetrating moments, tightly wound up in 11 bona fide bangers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Rounds isn't quite the jaw-dropping masterpiece that Manitoba's Up in Flames is, and despite the fact that the album lags on the meandering "And They All Look Broken Hearted", it's still a remarkable record, one that, like the work of Dan Snaith, gives a usually stale musical genre a undeniably human feel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Neon Golden is one of the most exquisite electronic albums to come out in ages.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A charming, witty pastiche of mashed up samples, beats, bangs, and bobs.... Truly a breakthrough in the world of dance music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An embarrassment of singular and, yes, genius riches to be found in these albums, albums worth going through again and again for the steady stream of reveals, not the compounding of mystery.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the songs are two minutes too long and the album is sometimes so breezy it nearly dissolves, but Dylan’s lyrics are in top form and his band is impeccable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    HoboSapiens is still dense and difficult for much of its running time, but the challenge comes from following the author through his many compositional twists rather than sitting through passages that drone on far too long.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, though, it may be the power of the sound that undid this two-minded performer. Two decades on and that power, tragic as it is, has yet to diminish.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vocals still send chills down the spine and everything becomes more grand and obtuse with every song. FKA twigs is striking, stunning weird and if her debut album assured that, this follow-up only strengthened her case.