Pretty Much Amazing's Scores

  • Music
For 267 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 The Next Day
Lowest review score: 0 Xscape
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 267
267 music reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Beyond some excellent beats and a few flashes of lyrical prowess, Magna Carta... Holy Grail doesn’t invite the kind of intrigue that Jay-Z is capable of. He spends the whole album reminding us that he is the center of attention but by about halfway through most people will be doing something else.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This Is… Icona Pop is not revolutionary, original, or inventive.... What This Is… Icona Pop, and Icona Pop as an artistic duo, possess that few others can lay claim to, is a firm grasp on the musical zeitgeist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    What it really lacks then is quality control and what it requires is a good deal of patience but, despite the occasions when it falters, elsewhere it’s consistently good, and sporadically brilliant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Poliça flirt with greatness often enough to make Shulamith more than worth your time, but it’s not as brave as we’d like it to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While the rest of Outside may not deliver in such a manner [as “A Forest at Night”], it still showcases one of North America’s more unique and talented producers on his own terms.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There are moments on Julia where he succeeds in creating the important and honest music he wants to make. Of course, when you’re using a shotgun, you’re bound to hit something.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Five tracks, two very good, three just good, and three remixes, one worth your while, and two that don’t fight to be heard by anyone other than fans of the band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Clocking in at 61 minutes, Alternate/Endings haphazardly splices together twelve breath-stealing drum & bass tracks recorded throughout 2012 and 2013; the result is more a tasting menu than an actual statement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It is a diffuse album, constantly but immeasurably changing its shape and diverting itself when you attempt to grasp it, like smoke. Warpaint’s epiphanies are minor, its surprises few, but the general immutability alludes to vision rather than a lack of progress.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Let’s Go Extinct isn’t the breakthrough that will earn them that big wave of new press, but it’s good enough to warrant some recognition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Tomorrow’s Hits carries on the classic rock torch, for better or worse.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Darlings is very listenable and mostly fun--just don’t overthink it and keep the BSS comparisons to a minimum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If allowed a spot in your rotation, its placidity could nudge you into taking the scenic routes a little more often. And that alone is worthy of some (appropriately muted) applause.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The campy Scooby Doo spookiness that inspires Slasher Flicks’ aesthetic is so charming and irresistible that Enter the Slasher House regularly succeeds despite its faults.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There’s good reason to think that some of the more middling fare on The Way and Color is no more than growing pains.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The main downfall of Z is a lack of strong lyricism. In the rare moments that the murk clears or the light becomes too bright, what lies behind is less graceful than what it seemed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Black Hours is a throwback, but it’s a throwback that could have benefitted from a few more forward-looking ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Birkenes’ vox often skews towards the incorporeal, a little too airy for its own good, and requires some form of substance to keep it tethered to the music. Without it, Pocketknife threatens to float away into some ethereal realm (as it tends to do in the latter half). That being said, Birkenes does craft some gems throughout the record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although it exhibits significant growing pains, it still makes for an exciting and entertaining spin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Though her new material is of mixed quality, Sia’s instrument remains uniformly magnificent. She executes vocal cartwheels throughout these twelve songs, delivering great pain with even greater triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Until Ex Cops stumble upon a niche and make it their own, their career is going to be eclipsed by listeners hearing influence over innovation in their music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    On Naomi, the Cave Singers don’t really fail at anything; however, save for a couple of moments, they don’t offer up anything all that memorable either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward continue to prove She & Him is more than mere novelty. Now we just need some richness and depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    ...Like Clockwork is a droning, incoherent endeavor, and it simply doesn’t reward the attention it’s asking for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Neither engaging enough to be exhilarating, nor boisterous enough to be obnoxious, Perpetual Surrender simply gazes at its shoes without making much of an impression at all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, apart from the delicious pop dance tunes of “Spirit” and “Unhold,” Apar fails to make any real waves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    As with The King of the Limbs, Beautiful Rewind is always keeping us at arm’s length, coldly allowing us to admire the craft without letting us in on the secret. It can make for a lonely listen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Static lacks variety. It’s just a short-fused, gloomy rehash, and what little has been changed isn’t really an improvement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    True, not every album needs to make a statement; sometimes it’s just nice to have music to listen to with your eyes closed and your brain off. But they can do better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Night Time, My Time goes awry at “Omanko,” a grave misstep that verges on parody. From there on out, the record’s spotty.