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 Eat Me, Drink Me
Score distribution:
2,104 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Listen carefully to Fantasy Black Channel, as the journey is slightly different with each listen. Every surreal note smacks with the infectious energy and vigor of youth, yet Late of the Pier’s musical proficiency and mélange of influences definitely belie their tender ages (early 20s).
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Has the album of 2009 been unleashed in January? I can’t see anything else coming near it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I'm gushing, I know, but listening to something as lovely and effusive as this album on repeat can only inspire those same qualities in those fortunate enough to hear. That having been said, consider Yesterday and Today for your next indiscretion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For all the over-arching themes, The Suburbs is the most rocking Arcade Fire album yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If this isn't an instant classic, it's only because it takes some time (and ears) to appreciate.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If there's been a better album, hip-hop or not, out this year, I haven't heard it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There is so, so much content, so beautifully and flawlessly presented that it can be baffling at times. The Suburbs, to many, was decade-defining music. Reflektor, I feel, through both content and design, will be artist-defining.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The members of 13 & God have created a genuinely rewarding record that is better than the sum of its parts.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly everything on Minimum-Maximum sounds astoundingly fresh.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between his willingness to experiment and a bountiful arsenal at his disposal, a spectacular range of dreamlike moods and sounds are created across Infiniheart's sixty-five minutes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Set Free is a triumph, full of tunes that affect well beyond their modest means.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Modest Mouse influence is apparent but in no way detrimental to Wolf Parade's sound.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It] turns out to be a proper Silver Jews rock album, which is to say it has the feel of a drunk snapping into his second wind long enough to belt out a few.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's still plenty about the group to satisfy long-time fans, and there's a wealth of quality and innovation to win them some new ones.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aceyalone can't do it by himself, and by finding a kindred musical spirit in RJD2, he manages to make an album as expansive as his talent continually hints at.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Man Man's music will irritate you, make you laugh, put you off and then bring you back for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike previous releases, when we were taken on several rides within a solitary track, the thrills and tempo changes have been stretched out to album length, making this offering essentially a forty-three-minute song, with each track becoming a spike or dip along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ballad of the Broken Seas is mysterious and theatrical and totally cool.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs sound as modern and fresh as if they were recorded last year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mono has upped the post-rock ante with You Are There.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of all the group's works, Pick a Bigger Weapon has a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strikes with a magnificent urgency.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Son
    Folk-ambient doesn't get any better than this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lean, focused record, Scale is Herbert's best record to date, and a must-buy for any dance-music fan.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes it breathe, what allows it to flourish above its glitchy techno, its processed wizardry... what untangles it from a mess of circuitry and power strips and anti-virus pop-up warnings, is Yorke's incredible, distinctive voice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Return to Cookie Mountain makes Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes look almost silly by comparison.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Donuts was Jay Dee's swan song, The Shining is a glimpse of what his work may have sounded like in the future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infectious, progressive, immediate dance music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Food & Liquor is the best hip-hop album of 2006.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although none of the new material is even remotely bad, a handful of diverse tracks on the album's second half exceed the high standards set by the hand-picked singles.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Orphans is something akin to taking a journey through a familiar yet entirely foreign dream-place.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Back to Black stands in testament to the fact that talent and originality still exist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a cohesive album and a personal statement, Sound of Silver is superior in most every way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Advance of the Broken Arm is at least two songs too long. Yet Stern's manner of weaving together fiercely subjective, lyrical daydreaming with Olympus-level fret-searing finally means that the album justifies the majority of its many decisions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They're a tight fit: Ant likes to experiment, and Ali's nimble enough to keep up and make it work.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is Kala a stark confrontation of set notions of authenticity and identity--and my new favorite record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rare is the album that's able to expand an established band's fan base while completely satisfying the cult of early flag planters, but Strawberry Jam has that chance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, Cave weaves yet another tapestry of characters.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rabbit Habits struck me most where it rescues the jazziness that's sorely missing from 2006's "Six Demon Bag." At the same time, though, the band continues to develop some productive tendencies from that sophomore outing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With In Ghost Colours, Cut Copy have created a record that is both en vogue and timeless, familiar yet fresh, full of glossy optimism, and unforgettably gorgeous from start to finish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its muscular confidence and stylistic purity make it a must-listen for the psychedelically inclined, as well as an easy candidate for one of the best records of the year.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of all the bands in the rock canon, Wire may be the best embodiment of the term “forward-thinking” that is so vogue nowadays, and Object 47 keeps with the mantra with stunning results.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs are classic Mogwai, only more sophisticated--and, as such, startling different.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dear Science is another highlight from a band whose career has essentially been an extended one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They reproduce, even with simple materials and simple words, complex emotions and ideas. And at the same time, they just make you want to sing, freak-out, and play beach-blanket bingo in a basement.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On The Door, there is a sense that the sounds happening are not the products of the people creating them but rather those of some inscrutable (and vaguely dangerous) pulsing energy below our feet. It’s an amazing effect. And it’s created through the sheer power of quantity and repetition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Public Strain improves on Women in every way, which is no small feat. It's 13 minutes long than its predecessor, but Women doesn't use the extra time to spread out. The band keeps the tension up by building the various lean sounds of that record into new, more muscular variations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The project is structured much like a high-end runway show, so although most songs work on their own, they’re far more revelatory as a group.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is something distinctly perfect about the naivety that the Pains of Being Pure at Heart seem to effortlessly inject into every bouncy ballad of young love and young living that makes their self-titled debut not only a welcome throwback but a much needed vacation from over-calculation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bromst annihilates all the expectations that have come to be expected of Deacon, without abandoning what made him everyone’s favorite dance-party czar.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    C'est Com..Com..Complique is superb, a monument that could only have been sculpted by the group's original hands.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two albums later, on yet another ingeniously titled album, Art Brut vs. Satan, the band members have done something no one expected: They’ve turned into socially conscious critics of their woebegone generation without losing the charm that made fans love them in the first place.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their fourth album, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, they've simultaneously intensified and refined that blend, even as they've shaved off one of their original four members.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a bit more playful and pop than its predecessor, but it retains Tiga’s signature finely tuned electrohouse sensibilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    McCombs still has an ear for language and roll-off-the-tongue singing. His voice coats the lyrics like thick warm caramel on this one. Though often obtuse and twisted, McCombs includes some straightforward lyrics, as well, with some political commentary to boot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    xx
    The xx recorded not only the year's best debut but also one of its best albums, period.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This Is for the White in Your Eyes is a come-out-of-the-gate winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It surpasses the previous Circulatory System effort, and stands to rival the best of Olivia Tremor Control's output.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real Life Is No Cool is essentially all pop structures. It's maybe an accident that Lindstrøm and Christabelle's project so successfully feels like something hip and modern, like a photograph hung in a museum or cut from an obscure magazine that's suddenly become part of the landscape.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Under Great White Northern Lights is a perfect explanation of the band's significance to doubters, now and in the future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Marling engaging is that her music presents scenarios without deliberately sounding like poetry or art. Her songs do not emphasize the beauty of sounds or musicality of words so much as clip insightful observations from conversations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's part of the final duality that makes The Way Out a success: learning how it was constructed is fascinating, but it's equally enthralling to go into it completely ignorant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Album of the Year stands as one of 2010's most innovative and adventurous albums of any stripe, incorporating traces of African jazz, latin music, psych, metal, and more in its relentless attack. It bangs hard from start to finish, and it's guaranteed to send producers scrambling to rerecord their drums in its wake.