ShakingThrough.net's Scores

  • Music
For 491 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Lowest review score: 32 Something To Be
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 491
491 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Orphans is a bravura showcase for the instrument of Tom Waits’ voice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Not only their crowning achievement to date but also one of the year's finest albums, period.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With Up in Flames, the sound of post-electronica has arrived.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    While it may not be the ultimate symphonic confection nearly four decades of hyperbole have all but guaranteed, Smile is nonetheless an arresting, audacious, unabashedly whimsical slice of junk-drawer Americana and can-do pop craftsmanship.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    That Out of Season leaves an imprint, and a powerfully lasting one at that, is a testament to Gibbons’ carefully sculpted lyrics and her vocal interpretation of same, combined with Webb’s unobtrusive but no less vital studio work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The second disc... is the sound of a band at the height of its powers, employing a ten-piece band and backup singers, and exhibiting an absolute mastery of its material.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most personally felt, universally inclusive record of her career.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This most confident debut presents Hope of the States as a band for the future -- a place it'll most likely find very comfortable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A fascinating, brokenhearted mess of a record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Blinking Lights is an astonishing mélange of life and sound cycles, as much about the ghosts of the past as it is an optimistic hedge toward a pensioner’s age bracket Everett clearly endeavors to appreciate.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The fact that a band spawned over ten years ago is so willing to try new things is refreshing, but with The Woods, Sleater-Kinney has surpassed even its most ardent supporter’s expectations as to the artistic heights the trio can attain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Return to Cookie Mountain validates the promise of TV on the Radio, an outfit that heretofore had displayed more potential than actual returns.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Crane Wife is an album that nicely fits into the Decemberists' universe and has roots in earlier works, but sounds -- and hangs together -- better than any of them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, the Walkmen are not only tighter, but also more purposeful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hail lacks the overriding musical, thematic or experimental coherence of the band's post-Pablo Honey work. But it is a strong collection of discrete tracks, like an unreleased B-sides collection finally seeing the light of day.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vital document of Led Zeppelin's formidable legacy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an unwavering confidence and muscular focus behind the music that holds from start to finish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's brilliant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An even stronger collection of songs that builds on it's predecessor's sonic foundations while refusing to get stuck in them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most exciting discs in recent memory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a distillation of the singer's subtly different moods and modes, a cohesive and comprehensive work that stands as the most representative look yet at his musical persona.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What could be utterly pedestrian, so-what material in the hands of a lesser talent is instead imbued with cheeky mythic significance by Skinner -- blessed with an uninhibited gift for gab and a willingness to reveal all facets of his character, grotty warts included.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bjork’s great achievement with Medulla is in taking a self-imposed limitation and managing to craft a full-bodied, multilayered work from such a basic toolset.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nashville validates the promise Rouse has exhibited since Dressed Up Like Nebraska, encompassing a gift for emotional detail and a fondness for simple, unadorned lyrics. It's an understated, impeccably played collection of heartfelt tunes about a time and place that can never be returned to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Picaresque features some of Meloy’s most assured songwriting... What makes Picaresque a great album, however, is the snug synthesis between the rest of the bandmates playing in relation to Meloy’s verbose lyrics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fiction finds Daniel and Eno exploring the tension between a tight rhythm section and chaotic production techniques (from messy guitar parts to bizarre samples). And that provides an edge to the music that not only makes for an attention-grabbing collection, but also rewards repeated listens.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Emphatically validates just how fresh and alive Kraftwerk’s heavily manipulated compositions sound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inspiring and masterful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Trials of Van Occupanther may never be more than a cult favorite, those seeking to till peculiarly American musical soil will undoubtedly reap a rewarding and plentiful harvest.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The arrangements are lovely, as always, but it’s Bird’s openness (as opposed to his inscrutability) that pays the greatest dividends on this exquisite, resonant work.