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 Snakes For The Divine
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 375
375 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Root For Ruin is a worthy continuation of their oeuvre, and a better album than 07's "Let's Stay Friends."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Asylum won't set the world alight, but it's certainly not monotonous enough to send anyone to the madhouse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A Thousand Suns is a more experienced and experimental Linkin Park. You may not get it to begin with but persevere and you'll be rewarded.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More industrial than 08's Anthems For The Damned, this fifth effort should slip them into that position.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's all good fun and makes the most of its human components, but there isn't much here that emerges as truly awe-inspiring or anything else other than a jolly good jam between chums. Of course, if that's all that's needed for Apocalyptica to remain among Finland's most popular imports, then for now, at least, it's still job done.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Songs For Singles is unmistakably a Torche record; primal, punishing, yet irresistibly sweet. It may make a mockery of the traditional album format, but then again, would you expect anything less?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not to say Time For Annihilation isn't very good, just if you like Pink and other commercial rock, you're going to love this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All your usual horror and metal needs are catered for, although according to Wednesday 13 the lyrics are more personal this time round.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Massachusetts five-piece don't hit as many compositional peaks as predecessor Overcome, although tracks like Hold On and The Last Time bridge the gap considerably.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it may have been captured through a somewhat disjointed creative process, though, there's no sense of No Name No Color lacking cohesion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The downside is that their understandable fear of becoming just another indie band leads them into too many changes of direction. Just having great tunes has never been enough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their songs, while essentially playful and lovable--more so than ever on Vs Evil, the San Francisco band's 10th album, which features near-lounge music moments--have a hard centre and are often tricky to parse, thanks in no small part to Satomi Matsuzaki's lyrics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This record manages the remarkable feat of balancing true integrity with universal appeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing Earth-shattering, but enough solid riffs and spiffy one-liners that won't seem too out-of-place during a headlining set.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hard to fathom how Bardo Pond have made their life-in-a-lava-lamp jams for the best part of 20 years with--we're assuming--their marbles still intact, but here they are, bubbling away with no sign of letting the quality dip.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Famously chaotic musical magpies Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton have outdone themselves here in concocting an album almost as enigmatic as its title.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What makes Zeroes QC so satisfying is the way in which they've warped and perverted their electronic base.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those of thinkers Catherine Keller and Gaston Bachelard--are more complex than you might at first imagine, making Asleep On The Floodplain an album whose surface you can lazily drift upon or one into which you can dive as deep as your lungs will allow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While certainly an accomplished progression from 09's "Union" in terms of tempo, it's still a bit too midlevel and the band might stand out from their contemporaries if they were a bit more rough around the edges.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Being such an influential rock drummer, it's hard not to approach this expecting more of a crossover sound, but treat Travis Barker's debut like an eclectic hip-hop record and it won't disappoint.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In fact, with its consistently gorgeous delivery, Pulse is actually most reminiscent of French electronica pioneers Air. Go figure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They're no longer a phenomenon; instead, Sum 41 have continued to mature into a rather good band.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Sean Slug Daley's heartfelt lyrics, reflecting humorously on fatherhood, love and loss, are given full vent by producer Ant, the addition once again of keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis brings Atmosphere's trademark sound to another level.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Helioscope represents another intriguing release from a band who remain a hugely promising proposition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Old fans will lap Rescue up (and rightly so), but there's not much on offer here to entice fresh ears and gain new fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Now that they've finally given up the goods, it's easy to understand why they decided to go with what they already had because their eighth album is rooted firmly in hip-hop's old-school.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing groundbreaking, but sure to keep fans of the band happy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no let-up, no pretty acoustic interludes, just full-on musical onslaught.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a brilliant collaboration between two of the most inventive musicians of recent times.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All Time Low's songs are more up-scale and better put-together on this record, and that takes some serious work.