Rock Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 374 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 374
374 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though this offering doesn’t quite live up to genre-busting, career-defining predecessor ‘Gospel’, engaging, inventive albums like this are yet more proof that pop-punk’s renaissance won’t fade away any time soon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a clutch of sharp, abrasive punk anthems, underpinned by tight, funk-tinged rhythms.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clouded is possibly the most beautiful record about heartbreak you’ll hear all year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Massachusetts quartet are back with a new EP that reminds us what made them so exciting in the first place.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With barely a weak song in sight, the Brighton duo have delivered a collection of tracks of taut, visceral quality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lofty debut effort indeed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nobody does dreamy indie patter quite like this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Occupying a middle-ground between the thrashy, riff-a-minute assault of ’95 and the Gothenburg band’s earlier, darkly atmospheric releases, these 13 tracks form a cohesive and consistently evocative whole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it’s still very early doors, Seaway could have just put in a strong claim as the first pop-punk breakthrough of 2015.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Topping 2012’s ‘Get What You Give’ wasn’t going to be easy, but The Ghost Inside have kept up the momentum at the very least.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even after 20 years in the game, there are still few better. Welcome back, sirs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Helioscope represents another intriguing release from a band who remain a hugely promising proposition.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The latest album from St Louis, Illinois, quartet So Many Dynamos is definitely a keeper.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's enough originality to warrant a second look, though, evoking the epic soul of the infamous The Haçienda club with percussive clatter overseen by techno producer Ewan Pearson.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a solid album, rife with brooding love metal and big choruses, but while this is HIM’s most accessible album to date it’s also the most unpalatable, as Ville takes one step too many towards self-satire.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That the record spans their 15-year lifespan puts the kybosh on continuity a touch; see announcing your last song in the middle of an album. However, that’s generally overridden by sheer dumb fun within cuts like synth-drenched supermarket ode "Tesco V Sainsbury's".
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Equally experimental as it is disturbing, their latest musical experience doesn’t disappoint and is an altogether leftfield and very noisy affair.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Provided you don't have an unreasonable dislike of melody, you'll enjoy the majority of tracks on this album. Even if that does make you feel a bit dirty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It lasts about two days, though, and even though the likes of 'Four Score And Seven' and 'To Old Friends And New' hum with energy and shoutalong choruses a little restraint would've worked wonders. An above-average Titus record is worth a dozen imitators, though.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Starting off pleasant but eventually becoming a regular stereo occupier, the grungier second half of this release is the better half.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It does mean that their eponymous third release for Thrill Jockey can be rather prosaically boiled down to: if you like whooshy spacerock, you’ll like this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although not original at all, ‘No Guts. No Glory’ is another strong, balls-out full-length from the brothers O’Keeffe and co.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are moments, like the echoey, spacious ‘Dead Moon’, when things get eerie and alienated but more often they’re down-to-earth and bluesy, like they’ll stop playing when the beers arrive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    True, at an hour-plus, only myopic fans would contest Forgiveness drags a little by the end, albeit brightened by penultimate Pavement-a-like ditty 'Water In Hell'.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though ‘The Powerless Rise’ only signifies progression within strict genre parameters, AILD have stuck to their guns with flair.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It'll probably help if you're on mushrooms, but nevertheless this is quite something.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With each song bleeding seamlessly into the next, there's little relief from all the doom and gloom, but regardless, this remains another worthy addition to Harvey Milk's awkward oeuvre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their sound, now more than ever, is a paradox: despite the Cure-ish grey waves of guitar and Spencer Krug's morose vocal tics, Wolf Parade can't conceal the fact that being in a band is clearly terrific fun for them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there's criticism, it's that Nightmare still falls back on cliches, building with aggressive force to then rely on a safe melodic chorus. However, there's enough of a change to see A7X lash out beyond their core sound, making Nightmare their greatest achievement to date.
    • 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."