Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,750 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 0 Know Your Enemy
Score distribution:
4750 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Basement Jaxx refine their broad influences into a creative energy you can feel: The art of their noise supples as much dance motivation as their beats.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This double-disc set includes the first official release of Pacific’s follow-up Bambu, a harder-rocking but weaker set that Wilson never finished. Yet the reissue’s heart lies in tracks like “River Song” and the rollicking “What’s Wrong” — two raw, emotional highlights that are as moody as anything Brian ever composed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All the world's indeed a stage on this enchanting fifth LP.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lower-dosage Animal Collective, the Foxes stuff their free-form songs with rich, swirling melodies; billowing clouds of organs, tom-toms, bells and assorted stringed instruments cloak group vocals whose secular-gospel, suede-fringed precision owes plenty to Crosby, Stills and Nash.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A marvelous, hazy trip full of Beach Boys-inspired psychedelia.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His ace in the hole is his signature cozy sound -- dusty soul samples, gospel hymns, drums that pop as if hit for the very first time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blackstar is a ricochet of textural eccentricity and pictorial-shrapnel writing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, he trades in that album's personal tales of crisis and redemption for a more nuanced, wide-angled form of storytelling, packed to bursting with evocative specifics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the skull-crushing power, MBV is music that rewards close listening, music that takes its time to give up its secrets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is most striking for its gentleness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In every skewed guitar note and crackling drum beat, every cello stroke and modulation of MacKaye's malleable voice, there's a passion for rigor - intellectual, political and musical.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best new-school Southern rock you can buy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These are Rascal's most accessible beats to date. [30 Sep 2004, p.186]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is sparer than it was on Channel Orange--more mature, jammed less feverishly with ideas--but adventurous nonetheless.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not every goth-punk fiend who can celebrate his fiftieth birthday with an album as loud, filthy and brilliant as Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here, he mostly dials back the volume to plumb heavy emotions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not overkill. It is the necessary account of a brilliant, wayward pop life still best known for tawdry and misleading reasons.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hop Along know how to make these tiny moments feel huge.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This 25th-anniversary reissue features an accelerated and raging '89 live rendering of the album that adds a few Hüsker classics--acoustic and disarmingly tender.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A buried-treasure mother lode. ... He's in peak lonesome-guy mode on the never-released failed-relationship chronicle "Give Me Strength." Another previously unheard song, "Hawaii," is a spooky mysterious-stranger ballad.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His ambitions are even greater on his third album, which demands attention in a way his quietly heartbreaking music hasn't in the past.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Los Lobos' best album since 1996's Colossal Head.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The way the screams and music dance across these 17 songs--recorded during three nights in 1964 and 1965 and spliced into a seamless rush of manic love--is what makes Live at the Hollywood Bowl such a thrill.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Musically, it's as superb as anything she's ever done.... But underneath the sublime sounds, something crucial is missing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Born in the New York post-punk squalor that mothered pals Sonic Youth, Swans make their grandest statement yet for their 30th birthday.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As bawdy and unpredictable as anyone is in their first puberty, Puberty 2 shows Miyawaki indulging her whims with a devil-may-care attitude--the result is an incendiary self-portrait.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It adds up to a hard-hitting 20-track portrait of life and love in a mad city.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends is the first album of new songs in six years from indie-rock madcaps Les Savy Fav, yet it sounds like a band that's just hitting a peak.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever informed it, this may be the most heart-rending music she's ever made.