Rolling Stone's Scores

For 4,539 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 25
Lowest review score: 0 Know Your Enemy
Score distribution:
4539 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The latest reissue of the album spotlights its sonic depth, thanks to illuminative remastering by guitarist-producer Jimmy Page, and, on the deluxe edition, alternate mixes of each track.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album. [14 Oct 2004, p.100]
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    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Greatest protest album ever made? Most stirring soul-music symphony? Yes and yes. And then some.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The alternate takes in this reissue show how hard the Stones worked to sound so natural.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This three-disc 25th-anniversary package gives the Pixies' surreal 1989 breakthrough the monument it deserves.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The trunk of treasure he and the Band made in their short season of hiding keeps on giving.
    • 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."
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Alongside alternate LP mixes are early versions of "Andy's Chest," "The Ocean," and "Rock'n'Roll"; fascinating abandoned outtakes slated for a supposed "lost" fourth LP ("Coney Island Steeplechase," "Ferryboat Bill"); and some of the most exciting live VU recordings ever.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    III was a masterful union of ballads and bruising, and a giant step in the songwriting ascent toward, later, "No Quarter" and "Kashmir."
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Physical Graffiti, in its cocksure energies and determined reach, was Zeppelin's last, swaggering masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lynn and White weren't straining to make history, just a damn good Loretta Lynn album. But it sure sounds classic anyway.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally back in print, every song burns hot as ever.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Made and issued between the falls of 1968 and 1970, the original LPs mark Zeppelin's rapid progression out of British R&B and psychedelia into a crushing-riff rock of unprecedented dynamic range, embedded with details from Fifties rockabilly and Celtic and Appalachian folk, blown open with volcanic improvising.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captures Zep in prime swagger.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Pimp a Butterfly is a densely packed, dizzying rush of unfiltered rage and unapologetic romanticism, true-crime confessionals, come-to-Jesus sidebars, blunted-swing sophistication, scathing self-critique and rap-quotable riot acts.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Corgan built a monument to art rock and OCD.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best albums of the year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II was still tied to straight-blues sources (the Willie Dixon elements in "Whole Lotta Love"). But the alternate takes highlight Robert Plant's ripening vocal poise and, in a rough mix of "Ramble On," the decisive, melodic force of John Paul Jones' bass and John Bonham's drumming.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Messiah shows how deep easy can go. D'Angelo and his band have built an avant-soul dream palace to get lost in, for 56 minutes of heaven.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oasis' debut remains one of the most gloriously loutish odes to cigarettes, alcohol and dumb guitar solos that the British Isles have ever coughed up. This deluxe three-disc reissue captures the madness of the Gallagher brothers' early days.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that cut through the grunge-y haze of 1992 with crisp Sixties melodies and... daring emotional clarity.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of longing unbound.