Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,769 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4769 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Peter Bjorn and John's sixth disc is pretty mannish, a foray into Seventies English punk rock, early U2 and R.E.M. anthemics, arena-drum bombast and a cowbell-happy jam their fan Kanye West could flow over.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Heaven and Hell excel at ye olde power-dungeon plod. Too bad Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler's most churning riffs tend to last mere seconds, before getting buried under attention-deficit arrangements and Dio's theatrical mythopoeia--which gets tiring when so many songs exceed six minutes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The future-shocked verses and digital wheedling often miss their marks, but as a vehicle for Harrison's soulful voice, the band is a work-in-progress worth watching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [Segall] obscures weedily muffled lyric snatches under waterlogged guitar fuzz that builds into a thick wash and varies the formula with hippie-commune harmonies, space-alien dirges, acid-folk jangles--all with a precision that belies his surface amateurism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their fifth album deals with the at-times-taboo-for-punk subject of romantic commitment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their third album is their most conventionally songful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In a country field crowded with smooth pros, Bentley is sweaty and workmanlike.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you liked Franz Ferdinand's last album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, but thought it was missing something--perhaps a futuristic, stoner-friendly electro vibe?--you're in luck.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [He] still doesn't quite cut it as a horny roughneck.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ashcroft's mastery of balladry makes "Buy It in Bottles" his best since the Verve's "Lucky Man."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ja Rule seems to be more interested in movin' on up (to the pop side) than keeping grounded on the gangsta grid.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes these outtakes feel like, well, outtakes.... Impressively, though, for an album that's more about utilitarian versatility than making the songs her own, Sia's personality often comes through.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On this Lady Gaga remix album, 10 producers and DJs sink their teeth into her meaty catalog--with predictably uneven results.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Roth's tight, witty debut lives up to the Internet hype that has swirled around him for months.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At her best, she takes PJ Harvey and Nick Drake back to their primordial folk roots, evoking mean sex in overgrown glens and casual farmhand violence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Amerie's fourth album, she excels at getting in your face without overdosing on divatude — not much excessive Beyoncé-size vocalizing here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Sirena, Cousteau are in a class by themselves: Behind every lovely trumpet line lurks the ghost of "Layla."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Marilyn Manson-isms still haunt singer Jay Gordon, but this time he binds his secondhand poetics to a forward-looking glam too catchy to be denied.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Pop puts the head-banging on autopilot with his longtime touring band, the Trolls, to fill out this overlong seventeen-track album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On their third album, they move far away from their garage-rock starting point and construct an expertly lyrical world of yearning and insinuation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's about as country-soulful as an old British indie guy can get. [28 Oct 2004, p.103]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jay often sounds like he's trying to convince himself that he should still be excited about making music. What's disappointing is, he doesn't always seem to be winning that argument.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sounds underproduced. [10 Feb 2005, p.80]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These Swedes are as retro as most of their countrymen, and they have even less to say.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from a lousy plot, Oczy Mlody's only other failing is it's a slow build. The first half is sparse, uninviting and even a little drab.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all over the place, but it packs enough sweet noise manipulation and actual songwriting to get over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As always, frontwoman Marissa Paternoster's winding guitar solos and dogged vibrato vocals steal the show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's so earnest, you hope everything works out--so long as he doesn't steal the White Stripes drummer away from her main gig.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simon's songwriting can feel slight but in a dolorously cute way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the title, her new album is a softer sell--and more appealing--than 2007's Will.i.am-assisted Big.