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 Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4750 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Produced by Ken Nelson, who was also responsible for Badly Drawn Boy's Bewilderbeast, Quiet Is the New Loud is equally praiseworthy, as the band conjures up the spirit of Nick Drake with eerie precision.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As with the reissue of the group's fourth album, Page has impeccably restored the glimmer of Houses of the Holy and uncovered an LP's worth of fascinating outtakes that show the band's headspace at the time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sumptuous birthday celebration of America's greatest folk singer is really a present to us: two CDs of his greatest songs and recordings, mostly from the mid-1940s, and a disc of illuminating rarities, including what is thought to be Guthrie's first studio session in 1939.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The LP remains corrosively beautiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pablo doesn't go for any grand musical and emotional statements on the level of "Bound 2" or "Runaway" or "Hey Mama." West just drops broken pieces of his psyche all over the album and challenges you to fit them together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Live Anthology redresses that wrong with a panoramic picture of the Heartbreakers' indestructible groove.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For Chapter and Verse he's chosen a revelatory mix of classics and obscurities.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This five-CD box set features the band's three great studio albums, plus terrific bonus tracks and dub versions, and a slew of live recordings in which the Beat unleash their dance-floor fury and their Thatcher-era protest politics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tickets to the show may be sold out until approximately forever, but this album is an excellent replacement.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the recent A Tribe Called Quest record, Damn. is a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old school and the next-level. The most gifted rapper of a generation stomps into the Nineties and continues to blaze a trail forward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A song isn't a song without melody, harmony and voice. Time and again he proves the same thing on Triplicate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A four-CD, 20-year cornucopia of live performances that show that evolution in real time, drawing on his appearances at the globe-roving Newport Jazz Festival with diverse collaborators.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music's urgent, live-in-the-studio feel pairs well with Tweedy's lyrics, which seem more direct and compact than they have in a while.
    • 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
    Devils and Dust is also as immediate and troubling as this morning's paper.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This three-disc 25th-anniversary package gives the Pixies' surreal 1989 breakthrough the monument it deserves.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Here we go to the main course!" ad-libs Van Morrison on an extended "Caravan," one of the shaggy outtakes on this five-disc unpacking of the Belfast bard's 1970 jazzy-pop masterpiece. That LP is nearly all main course, and if the numerous alternate takes here often feel incomplete without their sublime, brassy final arrangements, they compensate with intimacy.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captures Zep in prime swagger.