Sonicnet's Scores

  • Music
For 287 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Pt. 2)
Lowest review score: 30 Unified Theory
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 287
287 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revelling/Reckoning is a dense, daunting work -- and, quite possibly, her strongest one yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lot of what distinguishes Wonderful Life is its fragility. At its best, the music feels as though it could blow apart at any moment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the twangy, kaleidoscopic blend of country blues, downtown jazz and so many other unexpected flavors and sounds on Bill Frisell's latest album, Blues Dream, one can't help but be reminded a little of the updated American folkloric music score in the Coen Brothers' latest film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Basement Jaxx create real songs around their chugging house beats.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is clear that these two albums need to be heard and absorbed side by side?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the five long years since that multiplatinum release, these SoCal rockers have nearly been torn apart by fame, and the accompanying mixed-up emotions are manifested not just in the lyrics but also in the album's musical genre jumps.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A strong, expressive singer, Usher is particularly adroit at seductive, late-night ballads.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A curious time warp of a recording: loud, soft, tender, mean, thoughtful, reckless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because her samples are so shameless, so out in the open, what No More Drama sounds like in the end is Blige singing along to the radio: equal parts fan and artist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OST
    What a refreshing rarity this is: movie music that's vital to the story being told, yet proudly standing on its own, with no trace of SoundScan calculation in its choices.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at its slickest moments, Gung Ho is worthwhile, not only for Smith's lyrics but for her soulful vocals. At 53, she sounds much like the jazz vocalists who develop and train their voices as they age.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happily deviates from the Moon Safari mold of new wave kitsch and sugary pop, guiding the knob-twisting duo's retro-synth sensibilities into a darker, more brooding realm.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Midnite Vultures is the album of a great entertainer, not a great artist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Red Dirt Girl is a model of tasteful genre blending: a little bit country and a little bit electro-ambient pop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [rating only; no review]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By my count, you've still got 50 keepers out of 69, give or take a few songs. And about a third of those sound like classics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In toeing the fine line between clever and dumb, they've always worn their "I'm With Stupid" T-shirts with goofy pride. But don't cry for them, as this time they've polished their musical turd to a brilliant sheen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, country twang knocks against rap, funk basslines and blues harmonicas, and liberal lashings of reggae, ska and dub are added -- all adding up to a groove jam congealed into a multi-faceted but consistent and accomplished sound.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granted, not everything here is top drawer scarf-worthy.... Still, it's worth noting that the album works to a middle-of-the-set peak -- which means that Aerosmith understands the dynamics of CD construction better than bands half its age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They may not always transcend their influences, but even when they don't, they make wallowing in them a helluva lot of fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Let It Come Down, Jason Pierce successfully peels away layers of pretension and exposes the humanity at the heart of his music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Radiohead have remembered how to feel, and do so without relying on the arena rock bluster of The Bends, the Orwellian remoteness of OK Computer or Kid A's pretense as a sort of MC Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's why Amnesiac sounds like their best album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She has always been a good songwriter -- experimental, dynamic, probing -- but here she demonstrates that she has the potential to be a truly masterful one. With newfound clarity and restraint, and with her usual wit, she examines the ways in which we try to convince ourselves that we are safe in an unsafe world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But what makes Badu a source of deep pride for her black audience (and intriguing puzzlement for her ever-growing white one) is that her mysticism produces its most compelling poetry when set against gritty realities such as drug-dealing boyfriends, jealous neighbors, ghetto etiquette, and the constant war on poverty. As a songwriter, Badu's particular gift is being able to work such everyday touchstones into sublime allusions of spiritual rebirth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even darker and more emotionally resonant than its impressive predecessors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It contains some of the most affecting work she's ever created, exploring the power of songs stripped to their essence, and the juxtaposition of delicate melodies with the explosive emotions conveyed by her lyrics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The duo's most commercial and downright joyous album to date.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A strong rebound that finds lang supported by the sleek, techno-lite production of Damian leGassick?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Blueprint is not a perfect album. Some of the material is undoubtedly filler. But this recording makes it clear that hip-hop is supposed to be fun -- and that Jay-Z is having a ball.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ditching lo-fi aesthetics for a more radio-ready sound in the spirit of, say, the Raspberries or Badfinger, Pollard has wisely chosen not bury his songs in oblique lyrical references and muddy tape hiss.