Prefix Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,104 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Icky Mettle [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 10 Necessary Evil
Score distribution:
2,104 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In 2010, when oversharing is the norm, Pinkerton can seem almost quaint for its willingness to hold back. All told, it's roughly 10 percent as confessional as the average overheated Tumblr post or Gareth Campesino! lyric sheet. Maybe that's why, to this day, "El Scorcho" is still the sort of song that lonely teenage boys vigorously lip-synch to when they think that nobody's looking. Its lyrics can be vague enough ("I'm a lot like you...") to fit all sorts of specific yearning.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As expected, the album's highlights are its patient explorations.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Twisted Fantasy is an album full off melodic ideas, copious guest features, winding songs, unexpected twists, and improbable pairings.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When listening to Icky Mettle, you feel included, like they're the crew you've known your entire life. The fact that it's both very relevant today and a thrilling snapshot of the restlessly creative 90's underground is no small achievement.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mountain of shambolic, livewire B-sides and covers of heroes and influence ranging from the Fall to Echo and the Bunnymen, help add a sense of balance and ballast to Brighten the Corners. It makes for an expanded vision of the original while at the same time proving that the original’s vision wasn’t quite so narrow after all.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Orphans is something akin to taking a journey through a familiar yet entirely foreign dream-place.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Lamar's no impressionist, however; his lyrical gifts weave a complex, yet uniquely-West Coast set of influences into something that feels new and forward-thinking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vast in scope and breathtaking in its beauty, Illinois may very well be the album that heralds Sufjan Stevens as one of this young century’s most talented artists.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty isn't just an expertly produced and performed slab of brilliantly odd, futuristic dance music. It isn't just the best rap album of the year so far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z
    By trimming thirty minutes off their standard record’s length, the members of My Morning Jacket have paradoxically managed to broaden their sound, cutting the fat to give us ten songs that jive, moon-walk and cock-rock in equal measure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Modern Times may not contain a single song that would rank among Dylan's all-time best, but it doesn't have to.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For all the foot-stomping vitriol that seeps out here and there, The Idler Wheel... is the sound of a brilliant songwriter putting away childish things, and waiting tensely for what comes next.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Has the album of 2009 been unleashed in January? I can’t see anything else coming near it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's impossible to guess what kind of album would've turned out had this seen the light of day two years ago, when it was originally expected. Chances are, though, we wouldn't be talking about intensity or hunger or survival with the same emotion in our voices.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re only going to buy one Belle & Sebastian album (and shame on you if you are), make it this one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It proves that with the same attention, wit, grace and intellect that these musicians gave to their songwriting, they can indeed construct a retrospective that not only reflects the brilliance of their band but heightens and intensifies it as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only Built for Cuban Linx...Pt. 2 is top-to-bottom brilliant, and it's energy and emotion is too infectious not to inspire a dozen great hip-hop records to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Throughout it all, it still feels like essential, singular Waits, like moody and manic are two sides of one very marked coin.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dear Science is another highlight from a band whose career has essentially been an extended one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Return to Cookie Mountain makes Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes look almost silly by comparison.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who choose to fixate on Bejar's lack of a pretty singing voice are missing the point. Much like John Darnielle, everything outside of Bejar's verse should be seen as peripheral -- a means to deliver the lyrical ends.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a grownup album, made for grownups.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does The Woods jumpstart a moribund genre, it also serves as a wake-up call for the zeitgeist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tame Impala possesses an uncanny ear for reconstructing psychedelia that spans decades while remaining undeniably present.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is pure, unadulterated energy, seething catharsis taken out on throats, fingers, fretboards and drum heads by a band going on 22 years, and showing no signs of weakness or irrelevancy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They deliver on [Sun Giant EP's] five-song teaser's promise and then some with their first full-length, a self-titled gem that already seems set to wind up near the top of any right-thinking person's year-end list.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although it's certainly inventive in approach and execution, there's no denying that Person Pitch sees Lennox working within decidedly pop-centric parameters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, Cave weaves yet another tapestry of characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most satisfying, a nearly unclassifiable mammoth of sound that manages to weave brutality, atmosphere, and aching melody into a body-enveloping cocoon that sticks around longer than the average Hollywood movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bilal and McKie place emphasis on the craft of each song and the arrangement of each instrument. Bilal's voice is treated as one of these parts, so there is a flat quality to the sound. This may frustrate fans of Bilal's voice or those expecting a conventional star-centric album that places the spotlight on a voice or an instrument. Instead, Bilal's feelings are the centerpiece here. That alone makes Airtight's Revenge a welcome return for a needed voice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    xx
    The xx recorded not only the year's best debut but also one of its best albums, period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some Funeral devotees may be disappointed by the more straightforward approach on Neon Bible, but their numbers will likely be easily replaced.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For all the over-arching themes, The Suburbs is the most rocking Arcade Fire album yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is Kala a stark confrontation of set notions of authenticity and identity--and my new favorite record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Harvey's singing delivers the material by juggling unwieldy emotions with care and empathy. And she makes the experience sound natural -- like a true no-brainer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a cohesive album and a personal statement, Sound of Silver is superior in most every way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    However, like so many singular artists, Wyatt's presence spans the record and ultimately gives it its necessary gel. His multi-octave voice booms, croons, and cracks across the album with stunning clarity and consistency.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The indie-rock universe hasn't coughed up a record as rhythmically thrilling as Mirrored in ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hercules & Love Affair is a testament to the great foresight and control is required in a disco producer to keep the track from lunging into an abyss of low-blow kitsch, and to be able to stimulate the ears and feet at the same time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly everything on Minimum-Maximum sounds astoundingly fresh.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beautifully (which is to say, lightly) remastered album, and the warts 'n all bonus disc shows us just how good of a band Sebadoh were, and why they became far more than just the band Barlow started after he left Dinosaur Jr.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yet, even though the steady presence of featured performances helps beautify Cosmogramma, this is essentially Ellison's crowning achievement. The album is sequenced with a sense of purpose, evidential from the promo being presented as a long continuous track.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ali can do this, can take the familiar, the overly confrontational, even the trite and overdone, and make it riveting, because he has a voice that strains syllables so that the meanings of his words are made perfectly clear--you can't escape what he's saying--and a flow that loads and unleashes relentlessly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is Chance’s ability to transition fluidly between self-imaginings that makes him such an impressive and likeable rapper. It’s also part of what will make Acid Rap one of the major hip-hop releases of this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Case's genius as a writer, evident from track to track, stems from her ability to write lyrics that conjure up amazingly clear images but that still leave the songs as a whole up to interpretation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Unsurprisingly, The Lost Tapes is a masterpiece in his own right, much like previous revolutionary releases Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What makes New Moon succeed is something similar to what Shakespeare gets at in many of his sonnets: the ability of art to beat death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Have One on Me isn't at all a ploy for greater likability. It's an affecting, indulgent, and thoroughly fleshed-out monument to Newsom's considerable ambition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It plainly improves Grizzly Bear’s sound, and lends itself well to multiple spins, because each repeated listen reveals another perfectly crafted shard you missed on the last go-round.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bitte Orca is the kind of album that is best taken from start to finish, where the songs and musical themes are allowed to grow, endear and impress.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On Devotion, Ware demonstrates a knack for weaving everything together. And just like in the best-tailored clothes, it's difficult to see the seams.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Chemistry of Common Life is not a technically proficient album despite its epic leanings. Like most albums primarily consisting of anthems, its impact tapers off slightly on repeated listens. But the sheer power of the album is key.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    the majority of the album is exactly what indie rock has been lacking for over a decade, and this is too crucial a release to get caught up in nitpicking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ys
    From the lavish orchestration courtesy of Van Dyke Parks to the richness and sheer abundance of language at Newsom's disposal, Ys is a supreme achievement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From its painstaking production to its dense lyrical constructs to its mammoth choruses, High Violet is likely to be one of the year's best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's his finest work yet, which is saying something, and the kind of record that will resonate for years not just because it's reveres history, but because it understands it and isn't afraid to demand answers from it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kind of like the whole idea of a disco album, a collaboration with a visual artist about African-Americans' tragic history is something you would never expect from Destroyer, and yet once you listen, it seems perfectly authentic, inspired, and essential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ghostface can rest easy in the fact that Apollo Kids shows that the drop in quality on Wizard of Poetry was just temporary, and amongst rappers who are 40-years-old or older, he's the definite champ. There aren't even many graying rockers making art as vital as Apollo Kids, radio play or not.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The true brilliance of Cancer For Cure is its refusal to find common ground, to come to the middle and meet anyone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This Is Happening is a record that knows -- made by a band that knows -- that disco is better when it's just not so satisfied with itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Donuts is a big black pot of sonics, comparable only to Madlib's 2002 effort, Blunted in the Bombshelter, the difference being that this is all original material.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best part of Treats is that it makes you rethink the possibilities of this kind of music. It is possible for a former girl-group member and a former hardcore guitarist to get together to make an album that is more daring and more fun than anything you'll likely hear on Top 40 radio this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of vocals may initially turn off some, but in time the new style melds with the old, much in the same way that what has come before sits comfortably next to what is yet to come throughout this forty-two minute album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By investing a now-classic catalog with immediacy, freshness and a delicate, humbling charm, Sugar Mountain not only stands as the best argument for the Archives series and illumination it could provide, but as a classic live record in its own right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs sound as modern and fresh as if they were recorded last year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I think The Shepherd's Dog is probably Iron & Wine's best record to date (Beam has never once even made a mediocre album, so this says a lot).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tronic isn’t quite hip-hop’s "Smile," but Black Milk is certainly open to pushing similar boundaries of possibility.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Total immersion in the passion of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah reveals the true power of music as a means of artistic expression.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tha Carter III soars because of Wayne’s to-date under-appreciated ability to turn himself down.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Body, The Blood, The Machine is the holy grail of anti-political/anti-religion records to come out in the last seven years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wake Up The Nation comes across as a lean, physical record with enough lucid zingers to make you hungry for more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As the name suggests, the tracks on Early Fragments are disjointed in terms of their release date and the band’s maturity. But this is to their credit, as the juxtapositioning only adds to the unpolished, lo-fi nature of their material.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ugly is ultimately an album that finally finds the Screaming Females completely confident in their own identity, no longer trying to straddle the line between their headier rock aspirations and the DIY punk scene that gave birth to them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Food & Liquor is the best hip-hop album of 2006.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old
    Old is Brown’s best work. Complex beyond its two-sided structure, it is filled with narratives that collide, sentiments that conflict and resolutions that come to nothing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We're now at a place where we can pretty well look at Dylan's career as, essentially, an entire body of work--and, even when considering all of the obvious highlights of his past half-century, Tempest still stands out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Modest Mouse influence is apparent but in no way detrimental to Wolf Parade's sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If this isn't an instant classic, it's only because it takes some time (and ears) to appreciate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Majesty Shredding is one of the finest rock records of 2010.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Flag is the creator of an absurdly good album, one of the most vital of 2011. Wild Flag is not a supergroup. They are a super group.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Except for the intense, melodramatic middle mentioned above, every other track on this album could be a successful single.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    23
    23 is one of the more enjoyable musical experiences I have encountered this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If there's been a better album, hip-hop or not, out this year, I haven't heard it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It helps that Teen Dream, Beach House's third album, is the best thing the band has done. Legrand and her bandmate, Alex Scally, have been ready for a homerun shot since 2006's selt-titled debut, and they cracked this one into the stratosphere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Come for the shrill dopamine triggers like you knew you would, but stick around for the miles and miles of quiet rolling country rendered in this multitalented artist's flooring instrumental sweeps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambient record that doesn't bore or get bogged down in its insistence on fading into the background.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the kind of music we should be hearing all the time, instead of the deathly boring muzak we (and our ears) generally expect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The conviction in Stern's direct, bare voice is what turns the album into the kicking, clawing, emotional frenzy that we get.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nothing seems to rattle them, and hearing that Zen-like outlook on record is immensely refreshing and inspiring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the narratives are harder to follow, and the refrains more verbose (or simply absent), this music is still full of youthful anger. The nature of it is simply more suitable for a recent-high-school-graduate-aged kid grappling with more knotty insecurities. It’s also probable that much of Earl’s younger audience has grown up with him, and will relate to this impressive record even more deeply than his first.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Honeys is the band's ultimate thesis statement, grounding their past triumphs in cruel reality that, if not buffered by their expert sense of humor, would hit too close to home too many times to count.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Writer's Block isn't a life-changing musical statement, but it is a superb collection of finely crafted pop songs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With his band's fourth studio album, frontman Will Sheff stakes a claim here for the right to be called the best songwriter working right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where You Go I Go Too takes the meaning of the term "full-length" quite literally, stretching his already epic electronic disco into works of effortless symphonic grandeur.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call the album the band's most accessible to date is no slur. There's nothing wrong with accessible indie rock when it's this pristine and polished.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a great record, full with a daring, hard-earned hope, and a deep emotion. And that's something a lot of records could really use these days.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There Is Love in You is expertly sequenced, played, and produced from start to finish. It's the work of a restlessly creative auteur circling back and turning out his most confident, definitive work to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bleak, distant, polarizing, and beautiful, Wolfe’s fourth album makes a gargantuan impact.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Their voices and sound may be immeasurably more ragged and weathered, but if Neurosis' idea of "consistency" continues to include this kind of additional exploration at this point in their career, may their journey never end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is an incredibly dense record and may take several passes before you can even begin to peel away its layers. That sense of rigor, though, is what makes it so arresting.