Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,157 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Physical Graffiti [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4,157 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Amok is] the warmest, grooviest album Yorke has ever made--nine songs where next-level laptop science collides with wild, funky improvisation.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Her flow is fleet and inventive, and the woozy budget-price production is as engrossing as any you're likely to hear this year. Wow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A triumphant album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hendrix left us so much but in precious little time. Every shred counts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This British singer-songwriter and psychedelic cult hero keeps issuing delightful, incisive rec ords, and this is one of his recent best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nine songs, 32 minutes, no false moves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 20/20 Experience is both a return to form and a departure, deftly combining his trademark shape-shifting digital funk with a warmer, more organic sound.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album showcases a songwriting voice you won't hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frequent Nirvana echoes flirt with overkill. But no one has ever channeled that band's bubblegum nihilism better.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty is fleeting but piquant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfect match of sound and soul, the set introduces a new guitar hero, and confirms Auerbach's arrival as a roots-music producer to be reckoned with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] quietly gripping, deceptively gleaming record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This reissue pairs his metaphysically funky 1974 masterpiece, Inspiration Information, with a similarly spacey unreleased LP cut between 1975 and 2000 that positions this multi-instrumentalist as a missing link between Sly, Jimi, Stevie, Prince and Frank Ocean.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times, the album is a victim of its own ambition. But it wouldn't be half as awesome a ride if it had aimed any lower.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The National are letting light and air into their shadows.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record as good as anything by her old band that was also a pop success.... This three-disc reissue adds a raft of cool demos, a 1994 concert and four EPs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet for all his demon-steed drive, Homme's a versatile guy--he coos as persuasively as he howls, and few can rain down metal decay with as much nuance and craft.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the density of wit, ideas, and verbal invention that makes this one of the year’s defining hip-hop releases, whether Chance is rapping about God’s cell phone battery, racial politics, or merely unleashing thick clusters of rhymes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the alternate versions aren't all that different from the originals, they're no less dazzling, dense with harmonies and hooks whose perfectly turned imperfections make their aches leap out of the speakers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not overkill. It is the necessary account of a brilliant, wayward pop life still best known for tawdry and misleading reasons.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reznor's first NIN album in five years, it is one of his best, combining the textural exploration on the 1999 double CD The Fragile, and the tighter fury of his 1994 master blast, The Downward Spiral.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her perfectly turned sixth LP deals with identity and autonomy; it's got feminist musculature and the dirt of a working musician under its fingernails.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The remarkable results, originally scattered across middling LPs, get bundled with illuminating outtakes on this three-CD set.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer Fred Mollin provides atmospheric, country-tinged settings throughout Still Within the Sound of My Own Voice, lending consistency to the wide range of performers and material.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    belt. Even when Chvrches are just competently mopey, their neon-Eighties visions are far from retro pose-striking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With The Diving Board, Elton has regained his sense of musical possibility and taken a brave, graceful jump.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more melodic his flow, the slicker he sounds, allowing him to get away with some truly corny lines.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pure Heroine feels surprisingly real and fully formed, punching through sparse, cushily booming post-hip-hop tracks with vividly searching lyrics about growing up too fast that can seem at once arrogant and pensive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New
    More than a sentimental journey, it's an album that wants to be part of the 21st-century pop dialogue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On this seven-song EP, Bethany Cosentino combines the sundown power-pop buzz of Best Coast's 2010 debut with the Hulk-hug melodies and emotional gravity of last year's The Only Place to make for something masterfully archetypal but utterly her own.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's playing his best character: the demon spawn of Trailer Hell, America, hitting middle age with his middle finger up his nose while he cleans off the Kool-Aid his kids spilled on the couch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Beatles are enjoying the speed and lunacy of stardom here.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This lavish multidisc set is as eccentric and compelling as its subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This handsome solo acoustic set overlaps a few songs with earlier entries in Neil Young's official bootleg series. But there's no shortage of standouts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When he stretches out vocally, to match the high-register tremble of his guitar, Malkmus proves that he can come on like a soulman--even when he's wigging out.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally back in print, every song burns hot as ever.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This expanded reissue adds Not Forever the 1989 demo tape that got them signed.... It shows a vision startlingly complete, and its scrappiness occasionally serves the songs better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Little Red showcases her vivid R&B songwriting over chic, chilly electro beats.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Hotshit player" doesn't begin to describe the underappreciated blues-rock figurehead, as this beautiful four-disc set makes clear.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    St. Vincent is her tightest, tensest, best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty beats pushing her lovably ornery melodies toward grueling revelations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A not-as-good-kid traversing the same m.A.A.d. city as Kendrick, Schoolboy complements Lamar's narrative distance with evocative, unflinching first-person dispatches from the front lines.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Girl is a simple, even slight record--and that's definitely meant as a compliment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Say Yes to Love is a heart-punch of an album--eight songs, 23 minutes--where the words are mostly buried under guitar feedback and synth squeals. Yet the raw passion comes across loud and clear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    with fits of glam flamboyance and a raw rockabilly bluntness, Moz's third solo LP made clear what Smiths fans already knew: Here was a new kind of superstar. For more proof, check this remastered reissue's must-see bonus DVD.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anderson's excellent second album builds on the stark confessional style of her low-fi 2011 debut, Past Life Martyred Saints.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The interstitial skits can get irritating, but the edits come fast, and when those sugar-shock beats drop, all is forgiven. Facebook
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results can often recall Seventies Eno at his most meditative and Village Green-era Ray Davies at his most world-sick more than Gorillaz's bounce or Blur's guitar buzz.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dalle lets her voice flicker to an airy glow, with jittery strings providing the tension guitars might have in the past. Clearly, she never really needed an amp to unleash her strength.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On this most Old 97's-ish of Old 97's LPs, the hard-partying twang-punk quartet throw a 20th-birthday bash for themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her third LP, cut with bass-minded partner Nate Brenner, suggests an innovator in for the long haul.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sumptuous immersion in Seventies California folk pop, it is the most immediately charming album he has ever made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her magnificent fourth LP grows her trademark examinations of romantic decay to cathedral-like scale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This set of 33 songs, 11 of which never aired, revisits both [MTV Unplugged] sessions, boiling their magical greatness down to two base elements: achingly sugared melodies and Michael Stipe's potent voice, in all its deep grain, swooning vibrato and radiant empathy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These Brooklyn dudes go even deeper on Sunbathing Animal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mostly it shows how Lambert earned her throne: by singing top-shelf songs in the voice of a woman getting real. Listening to her records is like eavesdropping in a hair salon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lazaretto [is] literally a house of blues (the title is Italian for a lepers' hospital), with each room outfitted according to White's mood and trials.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even without any very particularly illuminating extras, though, Superunknown is a Nineties benchmark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her knack for heart-swelling choruses shines through on a set of tracks you might play while winning a marathon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ample guilt Presley purges from his heart and head unfurls into an excellent set of songs that are equally suited for an aimless afternoon drive or a night of serious life contemplation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you’re looking to fall in love this summer or pine away unrequited, you won't find a better soundtrack than this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the Heartbreakers four decades and a million shows later, deepening their attack with sturdy reliability.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spoon's eighth album is an immediate grabber on par with the group's best work to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You also get 132 pages of liner-notes-cum-memoir that can be just as entertaining as the music.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    V
    It's hard to care about any shortcomings when the tunes are as masterfully crisp as they are on much of V.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the most enjoyable music on This Is All Yours is the simplest, kindest and funniest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all adds up to another tour de force from a guy who's made a few.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Graying snobs once called this "intelligent dance music." Even now, few do it better.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This release buys Clark some time to refine his studio vision of modern blues. It also shows that wherever he chooses to go from here, he has what it takes to get there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of longing unbound.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All three subsets [songs about fatherhood, girls and the audience] contain songs that are profoundly odd and reliably catchy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yorke has written an album's worth of disarmingly straightforward pop ballads, dressed up with affectionately retro turn-of-the-century glitchcore effects.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Freedom, compassion, generosity--remain vibrantly alive for him, and on this superb, inspiring album, he once again stands waiting for everyman.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she's ever tried before. And yes, she takes it to extremes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On their second album as Run the Jewels, noise-loving Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P and Atlanta's Killer Mike make the most explosive hip-hop you'll hear all year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sucker is no retro gesture: Charli runs the album's rock & roll guitars and attitude through enough distressed digital production and thumb-type vernacular to make this the first fully updated iteration of punk pop in ages.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a rap royal in full flex. We're lucky to watch the throne.
    • 78 Metascore
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    This brother duo from Elvis Presley's hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, radiate an inescapable exuberance, shouting with the zeal of freshly minted stars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe because Meloy is now a published author (he's penned a trilogy of popular children's books), his songwriting wit seems to have grown sharper and less showoff-y.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most exciting thing about No Cities is that Sleater-Kinney are one of those bands again--they sound as hungry, as unsettled, as restless as any of the rookies on their jock.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever informed it, this may be the most heart-rending music she's ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
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    [A] quietly provocative and compelling album.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Upping the spectacle from Fun Fear his 2012 debut, I Love You, Honeybear is an autobiographical set about love, marriage and derangement that's both ironic and empathic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 17 tracks that Drake released at midnight on a recent Thursday hit harder and hold together more cohesively than most big-budget event albums.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This timely set from four style-hungry producers recalls Elliott's turn-of-the-century heyday, with post-national street beats and an army of fresh MCs and singers. It feels like a genuine next-generation moment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First Kiss presents few surprises, mostly because Kid Rock's journey from abrasive rap metal to unreconstructed heartland rock has landed him in a sweet spot: big guitars, big drums, big choruses and gravelly vocals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with the new reissue of 1965's Freedom Highway, it's a worthy tribute to a gentle giant of American music.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stevens strips his sound far enough to reveal his deepest anguish; neither the Disney-style orchestras of 2005's Illinois nor the synth-pop-as-craft-project of 2010's The Age of Adz peek through his acoustic fingerpicking and warm-milk voice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Pretties were impatient modernists, carrying that blues zeal to psychedelia (1967's "Defecting Grey"), rock opera (ahead of the Who, on 1968's S.F. Sorrow) and progressive rock (1970's Parachute) with spectacular if commercially dire results. This grand box takes that tale, across 11 studio albums and a feast of extras, up to the present day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anyone who loved O Brother should find even headier musical pleasures on Ralph Stanley.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only a singer of Osborne's caliber could pull this off; she's in complete control of her powerful pipes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These Brits are sort of a New Order for the twenty-first century - fitter, happier, more productive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The long-awaited Long Distance continues the suavely bittersweet pop that made Apartment Life such an enduring pleasure. Any fan of Everything but the Girl, Saint Etienne or vintage Blondie should find plenty to swoon over here...
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You can mess with Orton's music however you want -- add layers of electronica or strip them away to reveal the folkie within - and the songs will still work, because her melodies are that strong and her voice that compelling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ten tracks that play out like a joint venture between Shaft and David Bowie's Thin White Duke.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But there are more moments when all-too-human messes lurk beneath the veneer of producer Don Was' perfect pop tracks, moments when the relentless sunniness of the music is pierced by sober themes (the last song, "Tonight Is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel," is a graphic account of car-wreck carnage) and dark, psychological-profile assessments. In turning the snarky level down a notch, Robertson and Page haven't sacrificed the band's good-time giddiness -- they've just opened things up a bit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a Saturday- night version of Foxtrot: laid-back, poignant and comic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rouse... comes on like a happier and wittier Elliott Smith. [30 Oct 2003, p.93]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The slapdash feel will remind fans of the band's early days. [30 Oct 2003, p.93]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An odd, compelling hybrid of snappy drum loops, digital atmospherics and indie-rock woodshedding.