Rolling Stone's Scores

For 3,929 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 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
3,929 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    21st Century Breakdown is even better, so masterful and confident it makes Idiot seem like a warm-up.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's built for fanatics, yet the goods could make a fanatic out of anyone.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Barring the discovery of more golden eggs, the four CDs of Keep an Eye on the Sky are the last word on Big Star's first, ultimately glorious lifetime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Live Anthology redresses that wrong with a panoramic picture of the Heartbreakers' indestructible groove.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It rings true to one man's unshakable vision.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a moment in this five-CD ocean of music when you agree with its creator, the Beach Boys composer-producer Brian Wilson, that the greatest pop album ever made is still within reach.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chronological evenhandedness short-shrifts their vaunted 1980s but shows that their confused past 15 years did produce some Georgia peaches.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quadrophenia, as delivered the first time, is still one of his, and the Who's, greatest albums--and the better opera.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics on Old Ideas reach for the stark power of prayers, hymns and religious riddles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The alternate takes are all lesser versions interspersed with studio chatter and other audio vérité--the sound of a band enjoying its work, unaware its time was nearly up.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blunderbuss gets stranger and more fascinating the closer you listen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ram sounds ahead of its 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rage Against the Machine's 1992 debut is a grenade that keeps exploding.... Remastered to museum-clean standards, the reissued album comes with DVDs of holy-shit live shows and music videos, plus demos that prove just how down and detailed the group had every song (even if Morello still couldn't resist changing solos).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The richest overview yet of maybe the most visionary funk operation in pop history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The LP remains corrosively beautiful.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cumulative effect of this mass of old, borrowed, blue and renewed – covers, recent outtakes and redefining takes on two classics--is retrospect with a cutting edge, running like one of the singer's epic look-ma-no-set-list gigs: full of surprises, all with a reason for being there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a set that feels like an instant folk-rock classic.