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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Modern Times
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
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    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.