Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 481 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 That's the Spirit
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 481
481 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has highlights, certainly, the beautiful ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’ and epic single ‘My God Is The Sun’ being cases in point, but this a largely disappointing return to record for QOTSA.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album does suffer from moments like an indulgent breakdown on ‘River’ and the toothless Brit-rock sentimentality of ‘Home’ but overall, I’m Not Well is full of feeling and an accomplished, homegrown take on an old, familiar formula.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Problems arise though when things get overly slow and sad, falling into the trap of alienating coldness. Boucher’s pain is evident for all to hear, but it’s rarely inviting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Admittedly, it’s easy to sneer at this album for its lack of diversity, but it’s a tried and tested formula. And, for Airbourne it’s one that works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a challenging and, at times frustrating listen, with great melodies getting lost amongst the feedback--but it begs your attention nonetheless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their fizzy keyboards and Bob Mould-y vocals remain intact, but essentially this is conventional indie-rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The way they put together their country-rock is rarely less than tasteful with some nice moments, like the sinuous guitar riff of 'Calamity Song'. Only on 'January Hymn', though, where they capture the stillness and melancholy of winter beautifully, do you forget to check the joinery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Trouble is, after one listen it becomes evident that MB hardly benefit from further investigation – they’re just another hipster band who got lucky.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfocused and indistinct, this is an awkward transition that skews towards by-numbers radio-rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For all the album’s heart and scope it does suffer from a lack of fire and fun that made their earlier releases such big successes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a difficult album to love... the overriding impression is of a not entirely pleasant sugar rush.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t quite compete with the very best their genre has produced this year, There Used To Be A Place For Us slots comfortably into the folder marked Perfectly Acceptable 2013 Pop-Punk.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Motionless In White’s third full-length sees them firming up the sound they settled on with last album ‘Infamous’, but with varying degrees of success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s nowhere near as hot as the real prime stuff the early ’80s gave us (Poison Idea, Void, Tar Babies, that sort of thing) and still lags behind the young ‘uns who’re keeping the genre fresh and vital.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole, Close The Distance is a touch lacking for our ears.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The frontman sounds great as ever, as on the powerful ‘Fabuless’ and ‘The Witness Trees’, but his usual conviction isn’t as present and the album feels largely colourless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wade through the filler, and the New York stalwarts haven’t sounded this fun in ages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are enough special moments and poignant observations here to recommend a peek into the gloom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They've not lost their ability to craft subtly alluring, idiosyncratic songs in that time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Earworms are decidedly less abundant than normal, though, sad to say.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not good, not bad, just is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It'd be a far easier listen if it was a proper studio release.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's nothing immediately wrong with Perch Patchwork--'Living Decorations' and 'Israeli Caves' are serviceable indie rock tunes, and 'Was' is a teasingly low-key ditty--but the core of the album is eminently forgettable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A poppier polish, especially vocally, coats this album as they move into catchier, crowd-pleasing metalcore territory with mixed results.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There’s hope in bouncy standout ‘Carry The Sorrow’, but this album is okay, and not much else.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mattie aims to start conversations, change minds and make a difference, and with a collection of tracks that are as catchy as they are provocative, he’s on his way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For those who are not familiar with Monotonix, they're the garage rock band from Israel who are best known for their live sets [...] that leaves this forlorn album reviewer with no visuals nor an earhole full of sweat, instead just 10 songs of crude, cave-art proto-metal and a duty to tell you that actually, Monotonix have a relevance outside of the live context.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the band set themselves up well on songs such as 'I Like Drugs' and 'Just Like Tiger Woods', the record does rely a little too much on no-brainer jokes about girls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While this style of Appleseed Cast-esque, classic Deep Elm indie-rock can require a bit more long-term buy-in than noisier, brasher and more immediately gratifying records, the resulting pay-off is rewarding.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though Makes Me Sick is still a fun listen--complete with some brilliant lyrical put-downs, genuinely touching moments and echoes of past glories--it doesn’t quite capture NFG at their life-affirming best.