Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,025 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 Led Zeppelin III [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 0 Know Your Enemy
Score distribution:
4,025 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you liked Tragic Kingdom, you should love Return of Saturn. And if you didn't, you should still love it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music - bad in all the right ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their songbook bravado and grip of extreme dynamics are vividly caught in the poleaxed cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most heartening thing about Feels Like Home is the utter absence of fussiness, or second-album overthink. It extends the Come Away With Me template while never echoing the earlier songs.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    McKay mixes pathos and goofiness with egghead glee.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With appearances from most of the big-name rappers and wall-to-wall Neptunes beats, this should be the world's greatest hip-hop compilation -- and much of the time it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gold lacks the concise ache of Adams' indie solo prize from last year, Heartbreaker, but it is stronger on naked truth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its audacity and lyrical cleverness, Search is an album with insecurities as remarkable as its confidence, with desperate measures justified by sincerity of purpose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all Beck lifts from the Seventies, the album never sounds like a period piece; there's always something extra in the mix, stray elements that are both goofy and strangely apropos.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Menace, the long-delayed follow-up, finds Elastica in an unrepentant mood, scuffing up their terse, trashy guitar rock with fun-house noise while adding a handful of ambient mood pieces that sound like Aphex Twin castoffs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Synth techno filtered through the twenty years of electronic dance music that have unspooled since 1982. [11 Apr 2002, p.132]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Murray Street achieves that rare thing for any band - real consistency.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bobo is a celebratory attack on the canon, not a violation of it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clapton pays broad tribute to Johnson as a composer and public-domain synthesist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A widescreen musical masterpiece with a knowing wink. [28 Mar 2002, p.68]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They don't mess around much outside their tessitura - they like to keep everything light, fast and punchy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Free may be her most beautiful album, as well as her cagiest: There are gaunt rock songs and ramshackle ballads, all painted with bold, sure strokes that belie her ambivalence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now comes the sequel, which plays down Guthrie's playful leer in favor of his snarl.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a flow and coherence to these fifteen tracks that make the narrative whole much larger than the sum of its occasionally goofy parts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best bullets here are like excerpts from a fantasy mix tape of classic glam and garage rock.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A showcase for inventiveness and versatility.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With their fifth studio record, Phrenology, they finally become what we've always hoped they would be: a hip-hop band that strikes a very funky balance between righteousness and humor, between headbanging grooves and truth-telling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying the over-the-top whomp of his music, the loudest and funniest metal you've heard in ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Stills' excellent debut album, Logic Will Break Your Heart, is a stunner, a rush of shoegazer guitars and suave lover-boy angst.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are familiar tales of lost women and running men, but the sting and color in Malin's language and voice put you right by his side in these noisy bars and deserted bedrooms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Giddily adventurous. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.128]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vicious is a combination of punk's snottiness, Detroit rock's raw power and the stylized blues freak-outs of bands like Pussy Galore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sweeter, more confident effort. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.124]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The happiest-sounding album she's ever made.... it may also be the best. While her austere sonic signature remains, the vocals are discernibly more relaxed, the tunes welcoming and even expansive.