Record Collector's Scores

  • Music
For 407 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Endless River
Lowest review score: 20 180
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 407
407 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Factory Floor have achieved a pure distillation of their live experience: this is as direct, exciting and thrillingly minimal a dance record as you’ll hear this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the three-part harmonies and irresistible melodies that lit up the debut remain ever present, exemplified here on both Memoirs Of Grey and Sweet Salvation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the quality flags on Spanish Eyes or Girl Of Mine, that’s down to oversentimental material. And when the completed versions kick in with Raised On Rock, it ain’t hard to see why Elvis was still scoring hits amid glam, metal and Philly soul; class wins out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A deft, balanced and measured record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A high watermark in the canons of all involved.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Covers of songs by Nick Cave, Chelsea Wolfe and Lanegan’s Gutter Twins bandmate, Greg Dulli, bring this collection slightly more up to date, but nothing sounds out of place. Rather, in Lanegan’s hands, they coalesce to form a record of timeless, typically morose joy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be too reserved for excitable fans hoping for I’m Still Standing sequels, but the purity and simplicity of this unadorned balladry (Can’t Stay Alone Tonight, The New Fever Waltz) may bring many who fell by the wayside back into the fold.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No one’s taking anything too seriously, but if this were a DVD it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ry flashing the biggest grin in the room.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It still shows signs of the snotty punk remnants that Nevermind had buffed from its paintwork. And yet here it is, neatly repackaged and served up with memorabilia shots in a bid to get us on board once more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sounds like a lost album that should have come out after 1979’s I Am: a very shrewd approximation of the EWF we know and love, it’s crammed with sophisticated R&B, gossamer-light jazz and powerful, soulful vocals with a positive message.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it stands, Reflektor is Arcade Fire’s most diverse and sonically interesting work to date.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Savages is a feisty record that returns to the familiar blend of hardcore, thrash and groove metal.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, however, [Bob Dylan's] contributions feel like a step down from the level of those of his former bandmates, emphasising just how far they had come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This experiment has worked better than fans could have hoped and, given the Mule’s current state of songwriting and performance, elevates this jam band to a whole new level. File under: inspired.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New
    Ultimately, it may not include anything that will endure as long as some of his Wings classics, let alone the Fabs’, but it’s a powerful and persuasive album from a man whose innate knack for melody is still firing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine addition to a weighty catalogue already packed with duets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crimson/Red is self-referencing précis of his career to date, with the melodic elegance and lyrical insight we’ve come to expect but have been denied for so long.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The innate beauty of The Beta Band [is] unfulfilled potential aligned to a stubbornness that would never betray artistic ideals; a punch in the guts followed by a raspberry in the face.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You may variously be reminded of The Left Banke, The Byrds, The Mystery Trend, the Face To Face-era Kinks with their oft-tinkled harpsichord and even--in a recurrent, snakily-phrased vocal tic--Beck circa 1996 and The New Pollution.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once more riotous than riot grrrl, Luscious Jackson return as a welcome blast of old school New York grit, happily still brandishing their smouldering, idiosyncratic magic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mug Museum emerges as another low-key intelligent pop gem from Le Bon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With minimal instrumental backing, the pair confidently locate the essence and atmosphere of the original album.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An innovative release in the style of the recent Kate Bush and Tracey Thorn seasonal offerings, Snow Globe is a very welcome, wistful and idiosyncratic addition to the festive market.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surgical Steel is both muscular and accessible enough to appeal to metal fans of almost all stripes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The uncharacteristically tonguein- cheek, Bowie-esque Japan To Jupiter is arguably the record’s apex, but quality and contemporary relevance abound, ensuring Folly is a comeback that equates with anything but the absurdity suggested by its title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s much to pore over here, including two full live sets from 1984 and the experimental patchwork collection Gasoline In Your Eye. Get ready to have your earth shaken.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Live At The Cellar door could have been a consolidation of the year’s achievements for Neil, instead it’s proof that he couldn’t stay still.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Askew executes sad back-parlour arpeggios on a Hdusty, reverberant piano and his distinctive 10-stringed Martin tiple, his antediluvian voice as tremulous as Willie Nelson on a toning table.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thirty years on from its relief, in seeking a wider truth for contemporary times, NMA plumb paganism and tribalism with a powerful resonance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A riot of synth squelches, bleeps and wibbles threaten to derail the music yet never quite do; indeed, repeated listens to the likes of Love Is Blind reveal a wealth of riches hidden among the dense patchwork of sounds.