Pretty Much Amazing's Scores

  • Music
For 657 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Are We There
Lowest review score: 0 Xscape
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 657
657 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Richard D. James has successfully crafted one of the most stunning records of his career, and he did so by exercising a deft amount of self-control.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is music that moves the body along with the spirit, a damn fine step in the right direction.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What a breathless--and breathtaking--comeback it is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Roosevelt listens less like a dynamic pop album and more like a static soundtrack that only becomes more and more significant as time goes on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It sounds great while it’s playing and means nothing except that it sounds great and will sound just as great 10, 20, 30 years from now.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The crowd-pleasers are big and full, richly accessible and eccentric at the same time.... And yet even at its most infectious this music can pivot on a dime, emotionally, and the effect is often shattering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Truthfully, every song is a goodie, except “Sense”, which is a minute of breathing room which won’t kill you to listen to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Torres is an album that is pulsating with life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The record may be about repeating, but Jaar has yet to repeat himself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an album that belongs in a 2016 time capsule, and one that any indie bard hopeful should be required to hear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best release from one of the most exciting artists of the 2010s.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    1989 isn’t a “crossover” success. It’s the album every subsequent blockbuster must now reckon with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Do It Again is foremost a marvel of mood and pacing. The trio doles out their riches with utmost care.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Volcano Choir’s second album is filled with memorable hooks, hummable melodies and arena-worthy choruses.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They have crafted a sound that is new for them and unique in its context, but that falls neatly into what we have come to expect from a trio whose power and creativity runs consistently unchecked.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    So spend your capitalist dollars on this album. He’s worth them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These eleven joyous anthems and campfire sing-alongs find Harvey striding across fresh stylistic ground. Despite their bleak topicality, vibrant optimism radiates out from lyrical melancholy. Sonic warmth envelops the album like a sumptuous blanket.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Savages’ smart reorganization and shuffling of punk, post-punk, krautrock, and noise music into something brutal, jarringly confrontational, and completely singular is a breath of fresh air and an unignorable statement of power and resistance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What he’s presented us with, essentially, is the skeleton of Animal Collective’s fleeting creativity, stripped down to its roots, revealing that even at its rawest, purest form the music still has an instinctive grasp of sincere emotion and beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No matter how successful an individual composition is, though, each of these songs stand atop a sturdy foundation of life-affirming lyrics and towering melodies. Few bands can deliver music so uncynical, so exultant, and (yes) so hummable without skidding into schlock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What truly makes Ultramarine penetrate beyond the passé realm of feel-good electropop, are the subliminal hints of evanescent existence scattered amidst the stardust.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album thrums with vitality and elation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For anyone who can appreciate emotional breadth that music is capable of conveying, make Wild Light a part of your life. It may be the best instrumental album you hear this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It goes down like a reimagined debut, because it introduces a newly carefree, naturally focused Neon Indian.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Planetarium demands repeated listening, the passages and movements make individual songs stand out less as it is not completely obvious when one track is ending and another is beginning. The record almost sounds modular in the vein of Brian Wilson’s technique on Smile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may not be the most talked-about rap record of the year, but it probably deserves to be. Long live Ramona Park.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On the whole, Blonde is more assured and consistent than Channel Orange. It inherits the bagginess of his overstuffed debut, but lacks the thrill of groundbreaking novelty. Frank Ocean is an outlier, an artist who can produce an album this phenomenal and nevertheless fall a bit short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from the most consistent band in the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As patient and even elegiac as these sounds get, both “sides” successfully split the difference between, shall we say, swelling waves heard from a distance and the clatter and buzz of gadgets tuning up all around you. And a lot of the implicit distance in between. Buy it.