Rolling Stone's Scores

For 3,958 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 63% 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 Some Girls [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Know Your Enemy
Score distribution:
3,958 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
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    In terms of consistency, craftsmanship and musical experimentation, Goddess in the Doorway surpasses all his solo work and any Rolling Stones album since Some Girls.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To the 5 Boroughs is an exciting, astonishing balancing act: fast, funny and sobering.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is a glorious thing to hear. It will be one of the best things you hear all year.
    • 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...
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even for him, though, The Rising, with its bold thematic concentration and penetrating emotional focus, is a singular triumph.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
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    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Late Registration is an undeniable triumph, packed front to back, so expansive it makes the debut sound like a rough draft.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His third straight masterwork. [7 Sep 2006, p.99]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magic is, in one way, the most openly nostalgic record Springsteen has ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely does an act so flatteringly curate its own brilliance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Working on a Dream is the richest of the three great rock albums Springsteen has made this decade with the E Street Band--and moment for moment, song for song, there are more musical surprises than on any Bruce album you could name.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He is still singing about singing, all over No Line on the Horizon, U2's first album in nearly five years and their best, in its textural exploration and tenacious melodic grip, since 1991's "Achtung Baby."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound quality is astonishing.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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").
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Finally, the third and most brutal album from these Detroit legends gets both the rawness and the power it deserves.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a museum piece, a record that merits a display in the Smithsonian.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most despairing, confrontational and musically turbulent album Bruce Springsteen has ever made.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Tempest is] a thing to behold.
    • 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."
    • 71 Metascore
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    Wrote a Song for Everyone does not replace anything Fogerty did the first time around. It affirms the living history in his greatest hits--that of a great nation still being born.
    • 97 Metascore
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    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.