Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,687 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Wrote a Song for Everyone
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4687 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only do Rage understand the sweep of rock and rap history, but they had bold and unusual ways of tearing that history up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lighter and more laid-back, with breezy melodies and fuzzy guitar-and-keyboard arrangements that sound built for a summer night's drive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now they just rock out, stripping New Wave and metal and rockabilly down to primal thrust and blare. There are half a dozen songs under three minutes on Fever to Tell, and they sound absolutely complete.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a kind of virtual rock in which the roots have been cut away, and the formal language -- hook, riff, bridge -- has been warped, liquefied and, in some songs, thrown out altogether. If you're looking for instant joy and easy definition, you are swimming in the wrong soup.... Kid A is a work of deliberately inky, often irritating obsession.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant leap forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike Ray of Light's pristine inner-ear landscapes, Music is dirty, casually urgent, as if Madonna walked into the studio, got on the mike and let the machines bump.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Orbital is] leaving on a high note. [28 Oct 2004, p.100]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With A Rush of Blood, Coldplay do more than fulfill the promise of "Yellow" -- they surpass everything they've done up to this point, making first-rate guitar rock with some real emotional protein on its bones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His most strident work in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Isolation Drills makes the case more persuasively than ever that these indie-pop godfathers should matter to more than just the loyalists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An appropriate marriage of industrial clanging and symphonic melodrama... this album, although short, represents a particularly accessible career highlight for Bjork.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best solo record of her career... Vespertine is the closest any pop-vocal album has come to the luxuriant Zen of the new minimalist techno, even beating Radiohead's nervy Kid A. Where Kid A sounded like a record of risk, the work of a band on unfamiliar ground, Bjork sings here as if she owns and knows every inch of space and shadow in these songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The variety of classic Rocket elements are evident, even more finely honed: bits of soul revue energy (Spector-esque backing vocals, tambourines and tight horn arrangements), songwriterly anthemic release, nods to classic punk auteurs, sexy South-of-the-Border flirtations with danger wrapped in a dynamic, snaky musical package and other frenetic new gems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    G.O.A.T. glows with the heat of his rhymes.... LL's delivery is so sly and seductive, he can be as nasty as he wants to be. And he has the beats to back it up...
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both old-school and totally original, both literate and full of unpretentious New Yawk sass, both deeply catchy and underground in spirit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's rock that draws power from its determination to struggle onward.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When I Was Cruel is a collection of tough tunes and textures that recalls -- but doesn't recycle -- the records that endeared him to his earliest admirers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group's secret weapon is the way it so vividly captures the storms of confusion, anger and self-recrimination that swirl around inside a boy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maturity suits these guys: Five albums into their career, it sounds like they're just getting warmed up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music's shift from trivial to memorable dominates Maladroit; this is Cuomo's attempt to make his voice and guitar move as quick as his mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They actually took the time to make a totally crunk geek-punk record, buzzing through ten excellent tunes in less than half an hour with zero filler and enough psychosexual contortions to buy Cuomo's shrink another hot tub.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Cherry is both retro and futuristic, like vintage synth pop heard through a wall of distortion. [15 May 2003, p.134]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just when new metal seemed utterly played out, Deftones blows open the possibilities.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the face of hysterical expectation, the Strokes have resisted the temptation to hit the brakes, grow up and screw around with a sound that doesn't need fixing -- yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kweli smoothly bridges the physical and the political.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not that Come With Us doesn't rock like a jet engine in a jewel case - it does - but it's more striking for the moments when a warped loveliness, like the icy, phased harpsichord gusts of "Pioneer Skies," wafts up and out from among the roar of the sirens and sequencers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For now, the Strokes have mastered their style; they have yet to come up with the substance to match it.... But the music leaves no doubts - more joyful and intense than anything else I've heard this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The evidence here suggests the Sleepy Jackson could make a great punk album, or a great country album, or a great psychedelic album. Instead, they've simply made a great album, and one of the best debuts of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songwriting marries the band's penchant for recalling its wide-ranging influences (Neil Young, CCR, Mission of Burma) with a casual, off-the-cuff air that belies the meticulous craft underneath.