Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,061 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 My Dusty Road
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4,061 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the other two [albums], it's speaker-blowingly brilliant. [11 Aug 2005, p.70]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics on Old Ideas reach for the stark power of prayers, hymns and religious riddles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeezus is the darkest, most extreme music Kanye has ever cooked up, an extravagantly abrasive album full of grinding electro, pummeling minimalist hip-hop, drone-y wooz and industrial gear-grind. Every mad genius has to make a record like this at least once in his career--at its nastiest, his makes Kid A or In Utero or Trans all look like Bruno Mars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersion is a good way to characterize the grip and whirl of construction recounted on the two CDs of demos in this seven-disc box, which includes a previously released recording of the 1980-81 stage show.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't a mixtape, it's a suite of songs, paced and sequenced for maxaqimum impact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Tempest is] a thing to behold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blunderbuss gets stranger and more fascinating the closer you listen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't a weak song on Money; most of them are unforgettable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even for him, though, The Rising, with its bold thematic concentration and penetrating emotional focus, is a singular triumph.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a 50th-anniversary souvenir, the Stones have assembled a three-disc, 50-track compilation that is the best and most comprehensive collection of the band's high points available.
    • 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").
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you happen to be a rock band, and you don't happen to be either of the White Stripes, it so sucks to be you right now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a set that feels like an instant folk-rock classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devils and Dust is also as immediate and troubling as this morning's paper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the vintage, or maybe because it's all been hidden for so long, everything here feels like new music, busy being born and put to tape with crisp impatience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reflektor is closer to turning-point classics such as U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A--a thrilling act of risk and renewal by a band with established commercial appeal and a greater fear of the average, of merely being liked.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect treasure of soft, spangled woe sung with a heavy open heart.... It's the best album Beck has ever made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of This Is Not a Test! is a mystery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Graduation, West tries hard to address the problems on his first two albums, and succeeds: The new disc is tighter than "Late Registration" (fifty-one minutes long), with no skits (thank heavens) and less ornate production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most despairing, confrontational and musically turbulent album Bruce Springsteen has ever made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All he [Malkmus] wants to do is surrender to the lightheaded rush of the music, and the results are downright glorious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are bum notes (musicians were high, burnt or both) and bumpy mixes (recording conditions were just shy of wartime). But the result, combined with the full-length performances in the Woodstock Experience packages, is the most comprehensive and satisfying account so far of the main reason why Yasgur's acres became an instant city of freaks, including me: the music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, John and Russell share the resurrection. Each goes back to what he first did best. Then they do it together.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are jailhouse weepers, lullabies and gallows humor like "Five Minutes to Live" – a jaw-dropping testament to the depth of the man's songbook.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magic is, in one way, the most openly nostalgic record Springsteen has ever made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this combination of big-name backers, undeniable skills, radio-ready tracks and a marketable thug persona make Get Rich or Die Tryin' a sure-shot smash hit, it also makes it a great record.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's producer, Gil Norton (whose crescendos for the Pixies were an alternative-rock cornerstone), has subtly filled out the sound of the Patti Smith Group without losing its handmade, jamming essence. Guitar tones resonate through the mix, and new lines snake through what used to be hollow space.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Bigger Bang is just a straight-up, damn fine Rolling Stones album, with no qualifiers or apologies necessary for the first time in a few decades.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record demands a room full of quiet and your undivided attention. Listen to it any other way and you may be disappointed, even bored, by it. And that will be your hard luck, because Silver and Gold is Neil Young at his hushed, acoustic best: simple, romantic, direct.