Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,781 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Score distribution:
4781 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These days, they don't just crush--they hypnotize.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's political rock that never confuses passionate commitment with smug certainty, asking more questions than it answers on a hero's journey into our darkest national impulses, and maybe in some small way, beyond them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This one will make heads from Shaolin to San Diego happy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Divers, is about things lost with age and progress--wisdom, beauty, innocence, love, mystery. Yet this music always seems to look ahead.... Questlove, Kanye, Kendrick and all other curators of hyper-literate avant-pop: Ball's in your court.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Merritt's compositions have a tossed-off, barely produced quality and are held together by sturdily constructed melodies that hark back to Eighties synth poppers like Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You also get 132 pages of liner-notes-cum-memoir that can be just as entertaining as the music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might also be his most broadly emotional set ever; certainly it's his most sharply focused record since the game-changing tag team Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs decades ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As always, it's Yorke's voice that holds the emotional center, and it's never been more affecting. Credit both his delivery and the production clarity, a statement in and of itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dear Science is a brilliant balancing act between pop aspiration and music-geek aesthetics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Might be the most oddly beautiful, psychedelic and ambitious [album] of the year. [21 Sep 2006, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tunes are tight and sticky; the guitars hit with real sizzle and bite, accented by flourishes like the garage-rock organ in "Debbie Downer" or the cowbell swing of "Aqua Profunda!"
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lyrically, there no lack of muscular skill-flexing. ... Run the Jewels can still detonate rhymes like a Molotov cocktail lobbed into a CVS, but now they're strategizing for the long war ahead.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His album of Waits' penned-and-produced songs may be the masterwork of Hammond's long career, as well as further testament to Waits' unique genius.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album showcases a songwriting voice you won't hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Black Thought's skilled but stolid rapping adds nothing new to the idiom [of the morally ambiguous gangster tale]. Sonically, though, undun is a knockout.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zeppelin, ultimately, were their own universe, and this is the sound of them willing into it glory, bit by bit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album, a partnership with top pop whisperer Jack Antonoff, is a masterpiece of confrontational intimacy, and Clark lays herself bare as only a woman who has seen her life suddenly become tabloid fodder can.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best solo record of her career... Vespertine is the closest any pop-vocal album has come to the luxuriant Zen of the new minimalist techno, even beating Radiohead's nervy Kid A. Where Kid A sounded like a record of risk, the work of a band on unfamiliar ground, Bjork sings here as if she owns and knows every inch of space and shadow in these songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is an album about the seductions of oblivion, and a few of the more densely arranged songs mimic the characters in the lyrics, stumbling around without quite connecting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of it rocks; none of it sounds like any other band on earth; it delivers an emotional punch that proves all other rock stars owe us an apology.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the best and heaviest music of its career. [2 Jun 2005, p.70]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Kill the moonlight, Spoon complete their transformation from ragtag rockers into beat-driven post-punks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Art Angels has a sharper, sleeker sound that sneakily suggests she made the leap to working with big-name producers--when in fact, as always, she did everything herself. And impressively.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extras on the deluxe box set show how Corgan's mid-Nineties creative peak couldn't even be contained by two CDs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Orpheus disc is quieter, and Blues is slightly more lewd, but taken together this may be the scariest album about panties, gorillas and bloody gods ever recorded.
    • 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]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghostface's emotionally charged stream-of-consciousness flow is as off-the-wall and amazing as it's ever been.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This breathtaking EP telescopes the mysticism of 2007's Untrue into two 11-minute suites and a seven minute palate cleanser.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weird, playful, unclassifiable, sexy, brilliantly addictive.