Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,716 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 Purple Rain [Deluxe Expanded Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4716 music reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This edition has 12 outtakes, most of which have been hoarded on bootlegs by Stones fanatics for years. Some of the bonus tracks are nearly as hot as the originals.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Finally, the third and most brutal album from these Detroit legends gets both the rawness and the power it deserves.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    III was a masterful union of ballads and bruising, and a giant step in the songwriting ascent toward, later, "No Quarter" and "Kashmir."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The remarkable achievement of Love and Theft is that Dylan makes the past sound as strange, haunted and alluring as the future...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Tempest is] a thing to behold.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most despairing, confrontational and musically turbulent album Bruce Springsteen has ever made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This three-disc remastered Ya-Ya's includes the original in all its gritty glory. Disc Two is a five-song EP from the same shows, with acoustic performances--"Prodigal Son" and "You Gotta Move"--from Richards (playing a resonator guitar) and Jagger. The third disc is an unexpected treat: blistering sets by openers B.B. King plus Ike and Tina Turner (doing an outrageously steamy take on Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long").
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes a band as myth-saturated as the Clash to live up to a career-summing box as ambitious as this one. But Joe Strummer and his crew of London gutter-punk romantics fit the bill.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely does an act so flatteringly curate its own brilliance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    Whether she's holding notes with the strength of a suspension bridge or enjoying a rare lighthearted "whoo-hoo!" on "Sweetest Devotion," her incredible phrasing – the way she can infuse any line with nuance and power – is more proof that she's among the greatest interpreters of romantic lyrics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The only dicey part is an uneven disc of six remixes: some provide new insights, others fall flat. ... With three other discs and a book of the Edge's moving black & white portraits of the band in the California desert, the box is a thorough portrait of a band on the verge, ready to burst into the arms of America and the rest of the world.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a fabulously crisp mix of one of modern pop's greatest LPs. Details sparkle.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wrote a Song for Everyone does not replace anything Fogerty did the first time around. It affirms the living history in his greatest hits--that of a great nation still being born.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a museum piece, a record that merits a display in the Smithsonian.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Late Registration is an undeniable triumph, packed front to back, so expansive it makes the debut sound like a rough draft.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All [of the unreleased songs] were recorded around the time of OK Computer; all are unimpeachably first-rate; and yet, all were sensibly left off the original. Nevertheless, they complete the picture of one of rock's greatest bands cresting their first creative peak.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even for him, though, The Rising, with its bold thematic concentration and penetrating emotional focus, is a singular triumph.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his most maniacally inspired music yet, coasting on heroic levels of dementia, pimping on top of Mount Olympus.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Alongside alternate LP mixes are early versions of "Andy's Chest," "The Ocean," and "Rock'n'Roll"; fascinating abandoned outtakes slated for a supposed "lost" fourth LP ("Coney Island Steeplechase," "Ferryboat Bill"); and some of the most exciting live VU recordings ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound quality is astonishing.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reminds us that, for all of Simon's genius with tunes and lyrics, it's his rhythmic searching and sophistication that sets him apart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magic is, in one way, the most openly nostalgic record Springsteen has ever made.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The alternate takes in this reissue show how hard the Stones worked to sound so natural.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His third straight masterwork. [7 Sep 2006, p.99]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    U2's first studio album in five years--is a triumph of dynamic, focused renaissance.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It was a long haul to that nasty perfection — "Loving Cup" was first recorded in 1969; "Sweet Virginia" was a salty-country leftover from Sticky Fingers — and the outtakes unearthed and, in some cases, retouched for this reissue reveal more (not a lot but enough to be grateful for) about the process and detours
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lemonade is her most emotionally extreme music, but also her most sonically adventurous.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Physical Graffiti, in its cocksure energies and determined reach, was Zeppelin's last, swaggering masterpiece.