Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 356 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Snakes For The Divine
Lowest review score: 20 Bright Black Heaven
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 356
356 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's far from easy listening but it's an approach that's won them legions of devoted fans in the process and comes close to reducing many of their peers to nothing more than musical footnotes in the larger scheme of things.