Record Collector's Scores

  • Music
For 413 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Face the Music [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 20 Man on the Rocks
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 413
413 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s painstakingly conceived a uniquely personal concept which, for the first time, includes creating new music for the project.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bygone feel permeates a few of the songs; the joyful saloon rock of Frankie Fell In Love takes listeners back to The River, and Down In The Hole recalls the more reflective Bruce of Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What really sets Total Strife Forever apart is Doyle’s vocal ability.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is one marvellously gloomy overview of this aspect of Lanegan’s career.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rare example of an eponymous album where the title feels wholly appropriate.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its return is to be celebrated, not just for the bonus disc of a previously unavailable live show, but because it illustrates the formation of a blueprint (tough country-rock, literate confessional lyrics) that would serve Williams well for the next quarter century.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the barroom country-rock of Shouting Match to the tear-stained seasonal misgivings of A Very Sorry Christmas, the whimsical warmth of If Only You Knew Her and the back porch baroque of Out Of The Lime, this is perfect and brilliantly realised melodic pop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all gives the sense of a fun, messy but inspired recording session conducted in a fug of weed smoke.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Melodically bewitching throughout, Nadler’s vocals are as nuanced and strong as Dunn’s production.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Making up for lost time, Strut have produced a collection that’s broad in scope, detailed in its sleevenotes and packed with a raft of outstanding music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Acoustic At The Ryman is an unplugged album done right. A live record that’s not just for hardcore fans, it’s a must for all lovers of alt.country.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall sense of experimentation arguably makes Dizzy Heights Finn’s most surprising and accomplished release since Crowded House’s Together Alone, the work of confident tunesmith daring to stretch himself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deceptively simple, Morning Phase rewards repeated immersion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps their most impressive, consistent and varied offering to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, another envelope-pushing opus from a pathfinding musician whose talent doesn’t recognise boundaries.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reader’s own explanatory notes enrich these universal songs with a personal edge, completing a particularly satisfying package.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer Glyn Johns captures a laconic, organic vibe throughout, aided by such top-notch players as Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, on an album that oozes good taste and effortless class.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shonna Tucker may have left the fold for a solo career, but in Hood and Cooley the Truckers still have two of the most eloquent songwriters working in Americana.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the opening refrain of Whistleblowers, Spectre is an astounding work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A peculiar cove, Wareham is also a viciously acute lyricist with a love for tremolo, and has invented what might be described as quiet heavy metal, or rock’n’roll noir.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to imagine many better rock albums being released this year; it’s the record Springsteen fans wish he had in him.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two
    Well worth the extended wait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their best--and most radical-sounding--LP to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with motifs and allusions to cinema, it’s also a subtle commentary on the singer’s stratospheric rise to superstardom, lyricist Bernie Taupin retrospectively suggesting disillusionment was a recurring theme.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goodbye Weekend sees DeMarco take issue with his critics, particularly the way his sometimes bizarre live shows have been reported. On this evidence, his talent should be celebrated. Salad Days, indeed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back in 1970, this must have sounded like music from the future--over 40 year later, it still does.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole thing is delightful, as compelling as the artists celebrated by Flint’s finest
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a master craftsman at work, without bells, whistles or any other gimmicks. True country classicism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hacke and Picciotto narrate with unwholesome relish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PUP
    PUP’s ability to enliven a tired genre with an abundance of ideas and exuberance is a small but exceptional feat.