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 Magic
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4769 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gigantic-sounding Come Around Sundown suggests that, Caleb's humble grumblings aside, they are thriving on it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Iron and Wine's slow-motion magic shines here, and the material ranks with their best. It may be the most hypnotizing hour and a half you spend all month.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant leap forward.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Three decades later, Coda is the unlikely closing triumph in Page's series of deluxe Zeppelin reissues: a dynamic pocket history in rarities, across three discs with 15 bonus tracks, of his band's epic-blues achievement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cass County is meticulously crafted, sharply written and absolutely free of neo-country additives like reheated Seventies-rock bombast and Twitter-verse vernacular.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freedom, compassion, generosity--remain vibrantly alive for him, and on this superb, inspiring album, he once again stands waiting for everyman.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twenty years after their debut, Yo La Tengo are in full command.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Homme hums that "words are weightless here on Earth because they're free" over dense space swirl, you hope gravity never takes hold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rarely is postmodern art such bloody good fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Understandably, Reed's old fascination with sadomasochistic transcendence puts off those who don't swing that way at least a little. But the music on this record, its gorgeous part, could change that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kaplan and Hubley sing their most confessional, intimate lyrics ever, over whispery guitars, brushed percussion, vibes and organ drones. It's a spell of blissful, psychedelic make-out music... these songs are great - heartfelt, rugged, melodically sumptuous enough to keep unfolding after dozens of spins, full of folk-rock flesh and blood.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than just a gift to fans, it shows Elton's gifts haven't deserted him. [5 Oct 2006, p.68]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You could argue that the Truckers should have revved up this Skynyrd side more often. But instead they let the songwriting speak for itself, and it sings loud and clear.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of longing unbound.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Futureheads reclaim pop punk from the Warped Tour crowd -- and revive it in the process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Knopfler's sueded voice has changed little since his 1980s heyday, and his elegant electric-guitar work sounds better than ever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of Minutes is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally back in print, every song burns hot as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Election Special is protest music delivered with a patriot's gifts – the American-roots beauty and expert fire in Ry Cooder's playing – and long memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full Circle is a homey set, with few new songs and no May-December duets or hotshot young rockers, Elvis Costello notwithstanding.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most pleasingly direct yet musically adventurous hip-hop long-player you're likely to hear all year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Neptunes' brilliant, impertinent, full-body funk is, for the most part, what stays with you from Justified; their songs, spacious and shot through with ecstatic aaahs, outshine their neighbors on the album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Shields, they still sound like Radiohead at a Buddhist retreat, but the songs are more muscular, increasingly driven by drummer Christopher Bear's innate swing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 28-year-old singer-songwriter says his latest collection of heartfelt love songs is a tribute to the Rat Pack's pressed-suit style, but it's actually a superb concept album about what a great boyfriend he can be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But like everything here, it documents the unlikely transformation of an emotive indie rocker into a bona fide soul singer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Human Performance is the first album you could describe as your typical Parquet Courts record--it gathers their best tricks in one place, along with new ones you wouldn't see coming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a musician like Stevens, going too far and trying too hard is the point, the way to get beyond where a more austere songwriter could get with a more naturalistic pose. So the most pleasurable music here is the most ambitious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His good-hearted faith in rock & roll delivers a powerful kick. As he well knows--and Rock N Roll Jesus proves--roaring guitars, truckloads of attitude and an unquenchable lust for life make up for a multitude of sins.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gray's pipes aren't for everyone, but if you can't stomach them, I feel for you. You're missing some of the best soul on the planet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 12 songs map out a concise history of American soul, with a heavy dose of New Orleans strut.