Record Collector's Scores

  • Music
For 334 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Rage Against the Machine XX [20th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 180
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 334
334 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sounding classic on arrival, Lonesome Dreams is certainly the best album of its kind since Damien Jurado’s Maraqopa.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real gold is in tracks that didn’t make the final album, such as the funked-up Autologic and a jazz workout, Darkness Of Greed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Banhart’s best work because it functions as a unit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An attack on the lack of dissenting voices in popular culture, if this isn’t Mason’s bona fide masterpiece, it’s certainly approaching it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once I Was An Eagle represents a bold, adventurous step forward that’s resulted in her most fulfilling work yet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s certainly the best down-to-earth storytelling item to emerge in ages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give yourself over to what’s not only a 21st-century masterpiece, but also something timeless that will resonate whenever you find it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Recorded last year at Bestival on the Isle Of Wight, the band are as tight as ever; they’re clearly having a ball.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The set ends with a trio of songs from a 1964 BBC session; the sound quality may be poor but those voices shine through, utterly peerless nearly 50 years on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While his guitar-playing remains robust and his vocal range undiminished, it’s the characteristically immersed, impassioned songwriting that most vividly illustrates his ongoing vigour.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These 17 discs comprise every Island studio album, each with generous extras, plus standalone discs of genuine historical worth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kicking off with I Am Dust, it hangs together marvellously as an album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Musically speaking it’s a marvel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s worth reminding yourself that the swarming deeps, lo-fi thumbprints and careworn erudition of Bowler Hat Soup--released in a limited run of 500 vinyl copies--would represent a career-best achievement for a preternatural craftsman of any age.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Truly, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Aural aphrodisia.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Later songs Bear and Cleaning Out The Rooms are rewoven to even more emotional effect than in their previous guises, on the Zeus EP and Valhalla Dancehall long-player respectively.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a fascinating and most worthy archival release.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a record that her late father would have been enormously proud of, and the first essential country album of 2014.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album’s immediacy is impossible to escape.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s powerful stuff, still wholly worthy of “10 fucking stars”.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The depth and breadth of this astonishing career compendium, comprising a colossal 189 tracks, will certainly surprise the uninitiated, but for long-time fans it’s a beautifully realised monument to a versatile musician whose genius is largely unsung.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Into The Diamond Sun fully captures their kaleidoscopic vision over 11 songs bookended with the terrific The Garden (full of warped guitars, nursery rhyme harmonies and Blakian innocence) and Bear Tracks, a haunting, mesmeric sound mosiac.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parker’s rarely been in better voice, buoyed by the presence of old friends intuitive to his innermost thoughts and intentions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a warmth uncommonly found in Weber’s work, Elements Of Light emerges as a real triumph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs on Electric are given more opportunity to breathe and worm their way into our hearts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What remains a constant is the warm murmur of the voice delivering tales from the heart with a literary confidence few in his field can match.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Across the album as a whole he works towards a sort of mid-world territory, between air and water, dream and reality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He may have been too pure for widespread appeal at the time of the album’s original release, but an arguably more open and receptive 21st Century country fanbase should delight in this reissue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Next Day is certainly his most engaging and intriguing since Outside. For now, that’s more than enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Longtime fans will be pleased to hear that not all of Exai is a mature, intellectual exploration of the possibilities of electronic music.