Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,128 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Physical Graffiti [Remastered]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
4,128 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is the sound of apocalypse now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zwan are more straightforward (and much less histrionic) than the Smashing Pumpkins, so a few of the songs in the middle are pretty but not very dramatic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revelling/Reckoning is both an accomplished album complimented by a loose-jam of ensemble players and a bare sketchbook where DiFranco sits alone in her room, creating a private universe accessible to anyone with the will to listen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Typically sunny Fanclub, yet more nuanced and colorful than anything the band has done before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A ramshackle, art-damaged mess, but it's also one of the most bone-rattlingly ferocious records you'll hear all year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The energy never sags and ideas never flag.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jane's Addiction have finally come up with music that can stand alongside their previous albums.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Stereolab and Beck, Yo La Tengo liberate their listeners by downplaying language and logic in favor of our bodies' hazy dreams.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you liked Tragic Kingdom, you should love Return of Saturn. And if you didn't, you should still love it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music - bad in all the right ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their songbook bravado and grip of extreme dynamics are vividly caught in the poleaxed cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most heartening thing about Feels Like Home is the utter absence of fussiness, or second-album overthink. It extends the Come Away With Me template while never echoing the earlier songs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Understandably, Reed's old fascination with sadomasochistic transcendence puts off those who don't swing that way at least a little. But the music on this record, its gorgeous part, could change that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    McKay mixes pathos and goofiness with egghead glee.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With appearances from most of the big-name rappers and wall-to-wall Neptunes beats, this should be the world's greatest hip-hop compilation -- and much of the time it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gold lacks the concise ache of Adams' indie solo prize from last year, Heartbreaker, but it is stronger on naked truth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its audacity and lyrical cleverness, Search is an album with insecurities as remarkable as its confidence, with desperate measures justified by sincerity of purpose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all Beck lifts from the Seventies, the album never sounds like a period piece; there's always something extra in the mix, stray elements that are both goofy and strangely apropos.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Menace, the long-delayed follow-up, finds Elastica in an unrepentant mood, scuffing up their terse, trashy guitar rock with fun-house noise while adding a handful of ambient mood pieces that sound like Aphex Twin castoffs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Synth techno filtered through the twenty years of electronic dance music that have unspooled since 1982. [11 Apr 2002, p.132]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Murray Street achieves that rare thing for any band - real consistency.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bobo is a celebratory attack on the canon, not a violation of it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clapton pays broad tribute to Johnson as a composer and public-domain synthesist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A widescreen musical masterpiece with a knowing wink. [28 Mar 2002, p.68]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They don't mess around much outside their tessitura - they like to keep everything light, fast and punchy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Free may be her most beautiful album, as well as her cagiest: There are gaunt rock songs and ramshackle ballads, all painted with bold, sure strokes that belie her ambivalence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now comes the sequel, which plays down Guthrie's playful leer in favor of his snarl.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a flow and coherence to these fifteen tracks that make the narrative whole much larger than the sum of its occasionally goofy parts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best bullets here are like excerpts from a fantasy mix tape of classic glam and garage rock.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A showcase for inventiveness and versatility.