Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,024 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 The Sound Of The Smiths
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4,024 music reviews
    • 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
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pinkerton became a cult classic, all raw guitars and self-loathing wit - it's the In Utero of sexual frustration.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
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    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real revelations are recordings that part the curtains on the making of Rumours, like Christine McVie's solo-piano-demo rendition of "Songbird."
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's looser and messier than Sgt. Pepper and, one suspects, always would have been. But its sui generis Americanism counterbalances its paucity of classic pop songs.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lynn and White weren't straining to make history, just a damn good Loretta Lynn album. But it sure sounds classic anyway.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally back in print, every song burns hot as ever.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of longing unbound.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Made and issued between the falls of 1968 and 1970, the original LPs mark Zeppelin's rapid progression out of British R&B and psychedelia into a crushing-riff rock of unprecedented dynamic range, embedded with details from Fifties rockabilly and Celtic and Appalachian folk, blown open with volcanic improvising.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captures Zep in prime swagger.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Barring the discovery of more golden eggs, the four CDs of Keep an Eye on the Sky are the last word on Big Star's first, ultimately glorious lifetime.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Corgan built a monument to art rock and OCD.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a moment in this five-CD ocean of music when you agree with its creator, the Beach Boys composer-producer Brian Wilson, that the greatest pop album ever made is still within reach.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best albums of the year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II was still tied to straight-blues sources (the Willie Dixon elements in "Whole Lotta Love"). But the alternate takes highlight Robert Plant's ripening vocal poise and, in a rough mix of "Ramble On," the decisive, melodic force of John Paul Jones' bass and John Bonham's drumming.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oasis' debut remains one of the most gloriously loutish odes to cigarettes, alcohol and dumb guitar solos that the British Isles have ever coughed up. This deluxe three-disc reissue captures the madness of the Gallagher brothers' early days.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that cut through the grunge-y haze of 1992 with crisp Sixties melodies and... daring emotional clarity.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They perfected the genre moves: bracing attack, two-guitar blurs of dissonance and beauty, a sympathetic barker wringing emotion from lyrics about the insular rock scene and girls who stalked it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    R.E.M. were already college-radio heroes by the time they made Lifes Rich Pageant in 1986. They could've kept making mumbly, jangly tunes for their core audience, but they went bigger and bolder, stepping toward radio-friendliness while retaining their iconoclastic spirit.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the song selection (including classics like the brass-balled superfunker "Zombie") is killer, recording info would help. The music speaks for itself, but presidential history deserves better.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the 1977-79 half of Name, nearly every song beats the studio version. But the 1980-81 disc is the prize, as the Heads take their lofty concepts to the stage with a ten-piece band. [2 Sep 2004, p.147]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The bonus material is not essential listening, but since U2 rarely pull back the curtain on their creative process, it's fascinating to hear this rough draft of history.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The alternate takes are all lesser versions interspersed with studio chatter and other audio vérité--the sound of a band enjoying its work, unaware its time was nearly up.