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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With their fifth studio record, Phrenology, they finally become what we've always hoped they would be: a hip-hop band that strikes a very funky balance between righteousness and humor, between headbanging grooves and truth-telling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying the over-the-top whomp of his music, the loudest and funniest metal you've heard in ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Stills' excellent debut album, Logic Will Break Your Heart, is a stunner, a rush of shoegazer guitars and suave lover-boy angst.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are familiar tales of lost women and running men, but the sting and color in Malin's language and voice put you right by his side in these noisy bars and deserted bedrooms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Giddily adventurous. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.128]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vicious is a combination of punk's snottiness, Detroit rock's raw power and the stylized blues freak-outs of bands like Pussy Galore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sweeter, more confident effort. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.124]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The happiest-sounding album she's ever made.... it may also be the best. While her austere sonic signature remains, the vocals are discernibly more relaxed, the tunes welcoming and even expansive.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album of tuneful, intimate pop-rock songs...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mama's Gun finds Erykah disrobing emotionally, shedding the self-righteousness and goddess posture that marked Baduizm. The new Erykah isn't teaching, she's dealing with regular-person baggage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only do Rage understand the sweep of rock and rap history, but they had bold and unusual ways of tearing that history up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lighter and more laid-back, with breezy melodies and fuzzy guitar-and-keyboard arrangements that sound built for a summer night's drive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now they just rock out, stripping New Wave and metal and rockabilly down to primal thrust and blare. There are half a dozen songs under three minutes on Fever to Tell, and they sound absolutely complete.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a kind of virtual rock in which the roots have been cut away, and the formal language -- hook, riff, bridge -- has been warped, liquefied and, in some songs, thrown out altogether. If you're looking for instant joy and easy definition, you are swimming in the wrong soup.... Kid A is a work of deliberately inky, often irritating obsession.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant leap forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike Ray of Light's pristine inner-ear landscapes, Music is dirty, casually urgent, as if Madonna walked into the studio, got on the mike and let the machines bump.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Orbital is] leaving on a high note. [28 Oct 2004, p.100]
    • Rolling Stone
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With A Rush of Blood, Coldplay do more than fulfill the promise of "Yellow" -- they surpass everything they've done up to this point, making first-rate guitar rock with some real emotional protein on its bones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His most strident work in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Isolation Drills makes the case more persuasively than ever that these indie-pop godfathers should matter to more than just the loyalists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An appropriate marriage of industrial clanging and symphonic melodrama... this album, although short, represents a particularly accessible career highlight for Bjork.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best solo record of her career... Vespertine is the closest any pop-vocal album has come to the luxuriant Zen of the new minimalist techno, even beating Radiohead's nervy Kid A. Where Kid A sounded like a record of risk, the work of a band on unfamiliar ground, Bjork sings here as if she owns and knows every inch of space and shadow in these songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The variety of classic Rocket elements are evident, even more finely honed: bits of soul revue energy (Spector-esque backing vocals, tambourines and tight horn arrangements), songwriterly anthemic release, nods to classic punk auteurs, sexy South-of-the-Border flirtations with danger wrapped in a dynamic, snaky musical package and other frenetic new gems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    G.O.A.T. glows with the heat of his rhymes.... LL's delivery is so sly and seductive, he can be as nasty as he wants to be. And he has the beats to back it up...
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both old-school and totally original, both literate and full of unpretentious New Yawk sass, both deeply catchy and underground in spirit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's rock that draws power from its determination to struggle onward.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When I Was Cruel is a collection of tough tunes and textures that recalls -- but doesn't recycle -- the records that endeared him to his earliest admirers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group's secret weapon is the way it so vividly captures the storms of confusion, anger and self-recrimination that swirl around inside a boy.