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: 74
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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If 2000's The Friends of Rachel Worth was a tentative warm-up and 2002's Bright Yellow, Bright Orange a encouraging but inconsistent workout, Oceans Apart is the sound of two artists hitting a self-assured and motivated stride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Earthquake Glue nonetheless contains the band's best work since the energized Isolation Drills and edges out last year's Universal Truths And Cycles in the memorable hooks department.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Regardless of his less than subtle studio technique, Bravitz remains one of the most resourceful and bracing artists in his field.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Inches is a fantastic collection, achieving what other full-length Les Savy Fav albums have not: Delivering a wholly satisfying listening experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Awfully Deep is another strong release for Smith, and while it doesn’t sport the effortless flow of his debut or the rich variety of Run Come Save Me, its considered assessment of where he’s been and where he might be heading helps the album more than live up to its title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Winter Hymn is one of the year's memorable, noteworthy listens, and DMST's finest effort overall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sunset Tree is Darnielle’s finest hour.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    They capably cover everything from noisy freakouts ("Turn It Out") to electroclash chillouts ("Sexy Results"), and manage to hold it all together better than bands armed with triple the sonic arsenal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at a svelte 33 minutes, Chain Gang wears into a well-defined groove pretty quickly, and its breathy affectations too often congeal into pastiche, note-perfect homages lacking in depth.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granted, those who have the David Byrne-endorsed Everything Is Possible sampler of Os Mutantes' hottest cuts will find less value here, but Tropicalia serves as a decently comprehensive introduction to an essential period in music history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall feel is of an academic exercise in hip-hop cultural anthropology.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Get Lonely reveals an artist in full command of his craft.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killing Joke doesn't supersede the previous self-titled incarnation so much as it refines the band's legacy and sound without sacrificing an ounce of fury. The result is a real keeper.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Shall All Be Healed emphatically proves that Darnielle can create compelling, dynamic music beyond the comfortable confines of his living room couch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    A gifted, natural performer, Rice has had little problem connecting with audiences, filling O's quiet stretches with a likeable persona developed from his previous life busking on the streets of Europe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing here approaches the pop perfection of Romantic's "Letter From An Occupant," but songs like Newman's "The Laws Have Changed" and Bejar's spirited "Testament to Youth in Verse" nonetheless add weight to one of the year's strongest and unabashed pure-pop releases.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unflinchingly grim set.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The charms of No, You C'mon are much more readily apparent: the songs themselves are more concrete, more dynamic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I Am A Bird Now is a beautiful-sounding record, and though it doesn’t contain anything as remarkable and emotionally piercing as the debut’s “Cripple and the Starfish,” it nonetheless reveals a band and lead artist refining a musical universe populated by drag queens, cabaret dancehalls and a tolerant and open community.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may not be the orgiastic smorgasbord of pop delicacies The Fiery Furnaces aimed for, it's nonetheless one of the most ambitious pop albums released this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather Ripped is a solid collection of songs smartly executed by a band secure in its legacy and refusing to go gently into that good rock night.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with many concept albums, the concept itself gets buried beneath the show-off virtuosity, the band's ringing need to not only impress but bedazzle the listener.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Intense, invigorating and beguiling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Comfort of Strangers is a more confident record than 2002’s Daybreaker, exhibiting an economy of craft and unvarnished execution that might glide by less attentive ears but rewards the keen consumer with a warmth and depth worthy of the artist who created Central Reservation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Incorporating the best moments of the band's previous two releases, Reconstruction Site offers a clear blueprint for future efforts, built on Samson's instinctual mingling of liberal-arts smarts, poignant sketches of perceptive reflection, and a melodic infrastructure of pop and rock gestures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What sets him apart from other, more gifted MCs is the refreshing degree of naked self-examination and social commentary he brings to the table.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Multiply sacrifices cohesion in its quest for stylistic diversity, but it’s a bravura tour through the smooth sounds and hot jams of yesteryear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While such diversity isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does tend to break the rhythm of his albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the band's most vital disc to date, and one of the year's most memorable listening experiences.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, underneath the strings and the percussion and the guitars, that is what The Arcade Fire has been about: making us want to do. That the band again achieves that goal, after changing its scope and refocusing tis sound, makes Neon Bible a success.