Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 375 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Eyes & Nines
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 375
375 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a beautifully fragile acoustic record that positions him as the missing link between Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately Immersion adds nothing new to the Pendulum experience, but still sees the band doing what they do best. Go immerse yourselves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It sounds ferocious and is going to have you feeling filthy and dealing with tinnitus afterwards, but nothing's going to stop you from rocking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Above all, Vices & Virtues is a complete package that secures Panic! At The Disco as one of the most forward thinking pop-rock acts around.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, whatever you think of their craft, they've mastered it; this writer's mentioned almost every track on the album to hold up this review--and that's got to be a good sign.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crowbar were always more reflective. And that's kind of what Sever The Wicked Hand is all about, corpulent down-tuned riffs and a sense of grizzled resignation articulated through Windstein's taut songwriting and sorrowful croon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'No Answers' reassures any doubt that Thursday have taken a new direction, with Cure-esque moments creeping in amidst their hardcore backbone. And guess what? This is Thursday leading what they now do best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stunning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hope is the soundtrack to the summer you've not yet had, and from here it sounds like it might be the best one yet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's probably about time more people started caring about this band, especially since they deal in the sort of sounds that demand to be taken to heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The riffs, breakdowns and complex time signatures thrown into 'Sleeping Giants' and 'Ghetto Ambience' lend the album a raw, live feel that's groundbreaking for any genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is perhaps BTBAM's most compact, streamlined effort to date, and despite the convoluted, sci-fi indebted concept which forms its lyrical foundation (Google it), this is a seriously aggressive half hour of power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Free from the shadows of their past, it seems Young Widows have found an infinitely darker place to dwell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memphis May Fire are stepping it up with every release.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from being an inter-album stop-gap, this EP represents nothing less than the fruits of a musical brain that simply doesn't know how to stop creating goodness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great introduction to a band destined for very good things indeed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throw in the stunning power and clarity of Alan Moulder's mix and you have the sound of a band revitalised, re-inspired and highly evolved.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stunning.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Said record does exactly what it says on the tin, veering between fuzzed-up garage rock stomp and mesmeric psychedelic sprawl in a manner that's sure to delight fans of 09's Smile.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a grower not a shower but persevere because White Silence has been worth the wait.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stripped down to a three-piece since Tyondai Braxton's surprise departure, Battles' sophomore effort may not have a nailed-on stand-out like their debut's Atlas but their dizzying electro-prog has a great deal more focus this time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Closing with the smart anti-hymn 'Glory Hallelujah', England Keep My Bones never falters. The soundtrack to this summer? Screw that--these songs will be soundtracking many of our lives for years to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever's being said, though, what's great about The King Blues is that they're always unashamedly frank; with a frontman who wouldn't dream of diverging his accent or over-developing his message, they've set storming music to a totally concise, relevant stream of consciousness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Glaswegians' real USP is the way in which they inject everything they do with equal levels of joyous celebration and outright aggression, conjuring up a uniquely delirious sound throughout this disconcertingly unpredictable, but never less than utterly delightful release.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't shun country influences altogether, mind--when matched to the album's mood and Green's plain-speaking lyrics, they function to add a soulful feel to a set of characteristically lovely, melancholic songs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, If Not Now, When? is the sound of Incubus coming of age. It's not particularly experimental nor is it completely straightforward but it is concise and a risk that's paid off.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever, their songs are structured, paced and technically advanced in a way that's leagues above much of this genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's taken Title Fight a good while to release a full album, but it's been worth the wait.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're back in irresistibly anthemic form, with just the right blend of punk attitude and pop genius.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty of their sound is its unpredictability: fragments of rock, metal, folk, punk and pop collide and smash, creating Frankenstein monsters that spark into life and chase you down. And they've never sounded more convincing than this.