Pretty Much Amazing's Scores

  • Music
For 376 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Carrie & Lowell
Lowest review score: 0 Xscape
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 376
376 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Deep in the Iris is more concentrated than anything Braids have released to date. If its runtime is more approachable, the songs themselves are also more intense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It builds on the promise of his mixtape, extends itself into new territory, and in the process reveals some of the shortcomings of Rocky’s craft.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The brew of Anything In Return is strong enough that its overly sugary moments don’t ruin the experience of the album, and it’s certainly strong enough to merit many, many plays.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    20/20 is a total blast. You have to hand it to Justin Timberlake. Few pop artists have the skill and bravery to make such a stunning mess.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of Marnie’s music are fully aware of what an album of hers going to bring, and on The Chronicles of Marnia, she brings it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The elements are still there, but they aren’t fused in a way consistent with the hopes of those who foresaw The Strokes being the best rock band of our tim
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The nonchalant attitude Wavves approaches music-making with provides a cap to the height it can reach in terms of producing something truly excellent or groundbreaking. However, that’s kind of the whole point.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bankrupt! doesn’t inspire the covetousness of their early material, but rather it takes its natural place as an album to be consumed en masse by Phoenix’s hefty fan base.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Vile has added another seemingly effortless 70 minutes’ worth of straightforward, easygoing golden tones to his consistent discography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Twelve Reasons to Die is a straightforward concept album, and it’s very well done.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Little Boots knows how to write a hook.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It does not always work, but in short, orchestral bursts, MS MR demonstrate that they can transcend the confines of goth synth-pop, and produce one of the most memorable debuts of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is an album that needs to be experienced in its entirety, but in the age of remixes, the blogosphere, and Adderall, who will have the time or patience to dig into Impersonator? Those who do will find parts of it beautiful and rewarding, if they can stomach the emotional drain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a whole, Lesser Evil can be a lot to take in: it’s hyperactive, unstable, and disoriented. Most of the time it feels like all three at once. Yet Doldrums’ ability to hop genres with ease, write catchy melodies, and--above all--sound like he’s having fun doing it renders his place unique in an overcrowded genre, and his debut a promising one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The freedom of expression and thematic irregularity that we hear while listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a fabulous release from the traditionally despised contract that constrained Ebert’s first and former band, Ima Robot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    II
    Although a little too short for the grand mood it builds for us, it’s a beautiful summation of what Moderat’s visions aim to create.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    No Age may not have delivered another knockout, but An Object compensates for its shortcomings by being a mature and often moving album, a first for the duo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hesitation Marks proves greatness remains within Trent Reznor’s grasp.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the subsequent inconsistency may hold The Worse Things Get back from greatness, it does make it honest, and when it comes to art I’ll take honesty over consistency any day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tales of You is all rather beautiful, but also rather quiet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Punitive, scientifically exacting, and obstinately anti-melodic, Factory Floor is a bizarre, kinetic manifesto that rewards your attention while it screams at you to move your body.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although Beal has demystified his sound, the notion that Nobody Knows is more a passing sight than a rest stop is pretty unshakeable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nothing Was the Same is filled with beats that are a joy to listen to and Drake often has worthwhile things to contribute. But, more and more, his confidence is getting the best of him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it’s no masterpiece, Pure Heroine is unique and engaging enough to keep the conversation going.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If another goal of art could be said to remove humanity, if only for a moment, from the physical world by using the tools of the very same physical world, Interiors has followed all the rules of architecture to make a building that floats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While of Montreal aren’t exactly strutting 2007-style again, their tweaked, re-energized sound has them strutting nonetheless. And that’s what they do best.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    New
    Sure, the lyrics are sometimes a little silly, and the musical hooks are sometimes a trifle too easy. But even at its worst, this is fun stuff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But for the most part, Magpie provides us with another bundle of easygoing tunes from a band that seems to have a limitless supply.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the album itself bleeds originality, the solos themselves are almost interchangeable, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rapor is an absorbing and accomplished 80’s sheened synth-pop EP infused with heartache and imagination.