Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,247 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sea Change
Lowest review score: 0 Know Your Enemy
Score distribution:
4,247 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He is, simply, better than any other MC in hip-hop except for Jay-Z.... The Marshall Mathers LP is a car-crash record: loud, wild, dangerous, out of control, grotesque, unsettling. It's also impossible to pull your ears away from.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eminem just may have made the best rap-rock album in history
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thunder, Lightning, Strike was hailed as a pop masterpiece when it came out in the U.K. late last year, but clearing all the samples held up its U.S. release until now. Wait no longer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you think you want it, you do. [9 Dec 2004, p.184]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They come on like old-school greasers who've been around long enough to know how to savor a moment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their riotous manifesto remains the same, but their musical dialect has expanded to include blues, soul and even traces of pristine Led Zeppelin-era metal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Somewhere in a burst of glory/Sound becomes a song/I'm bound to tell a story/That's where I belong," Simon sings on the new album's opening track, and the comfort and command he displays throughout You're the One demonstrate that he's right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    George throws a bit of himself into most of these tracks, reworking some of the beats and grooves, adding a few instrumental licks, even the odd vocal, but mostly he just programs a dynamic set that proves he's no dance music dilettante.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The slow stuff might be a bit ponderous, but the first six or seven songs manage a rare trick: They're incandescent enough to jump out at you on the radio, yet are steeped in a type of introspective inquiry that was once integral to rock & roll, and has nearly vanished.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burnside and Co. play with a perfect recklessness, as though no one was listening.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its preponderance of loping beats and funk-infused grooves, the album does little to update the Stereos' sound, but no matter: The band sounds as vital as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The warm strumming and sparse beats make for an aching melancholy that stirs memories of Radiohead.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even in duets with [Wainwright and Boy George], Antony is the dominant voice of solitude and agonized waiting. [10 Feb 2005, p.84]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LCD have managed to be both underground hitmakers and bona fide album artists as easily as Murphy splices guitar noise and machine thump.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Mars Volta's second album is an exhilarating transgression: concussive, nonlinear rhythms; mad-dog guitar algebra; bloody-nightmare suites sung in bilingual free verse. In short, the beastly spawn of Radiohead's OK Computer and Rush's 2112.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not all of Massacre is as immediately catchy as Get Rich, but it's close.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stars sound confident enough to set anything on fire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Kaiser Chiefs make you want to sing along with practically every song by the second chorus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything's OK is much more than OK -- it's one more righteous, red-hot reason to treasure this surviving genius of soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silent Alarm is dance rock, but highly caffeinated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His liveliest and jumpiest music in years.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their best since Technique.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pretty in Black is virtually fuzz-free, highlighting the exquisite detail in the Raveonettes' gift for pastiche.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A breakthrough for Weezer... Cuomo's songs are his most plaintive and brilliant since Pinkerton. [19 May 2005, p.74]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the best and heaviest music of its career. [2 Jun 2005, p.70]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be
    West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's two discs of steady brilliance.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is the freshest-sounding McCartney album in years.