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 Bow Down To The Exit Sign
Lowest review score: 30 Unified Theory
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 287
287 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remedy is the next great step forward for house music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stephen Malkmus sounds like a great unmade Pavement album polished to within an inch of its life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's about as good a hip hop album as you will hear this year. Correction: Make that great.... It's hip-hop that plays to the streets and the suburbs with equal intensity, intelligence, insanity and integrity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When a tune falls into the jurisdiction of the venerable country-folk troubadour, the accumulated details of any previous readings or associations are stripped away, and its core brilliantly revealed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) finds Partridge and Moulding at the top of their game, making the collection a fitting match for past XTC triumphs...
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Featuring vocal contributions from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, punk-blues aficionado Jon Spencer and ex-Tricky collaborator Martina Toppley-Bird, Bow Down to the Exit Sign is a dark, soul-wrenching trip through an even darker world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Flowers, Ian McCulloch finally finds the proper musical vehicle for the older-but-wiser (but not that much wiser) persona he's been trying on for the last few years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By broadening both their emotional and musical spectrums, Tindersticks have come up with their best album yet -- and a classic of its kind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though one can hear echoes of everything from "The Threepenny Opera" to Bitches Brew here, the funk is in her DNA.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comparisons will inevitably be made between Canto and the Buena Vista Social Club disc, but the most significant similarity is that they both feature great songs and terrific musicianship.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Friends of Rachel Worth is the first new Go-Betweens album in a dozen years, and, remarkably, it's as if they were never away.... an ever-so-slightly-updated sound with a hint of lo-fi -- something the Go-Betweens pioneered on their earliest albums, before they found their more renowned intimate style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout the album, Cole & co. offer up one pop nugget after another, all carefully honed through warts-and-all shows held in New York over the last few years. The result is that The Negatives isn't just Cole's most consistent disc in 11 years; it's also quite possibly his best ever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Miss E... So Addictive shows another side of Missy Elliott, yet unlike the calculations of other artists who morph themselves mainly as a marketing scheme, her dancing-sex-queen moves come through more like revelation than reinvention.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the finest music of their already sterling career.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps his most humane album and warmest work to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A landmark album that is Carpenter's best effort since 1994's Stones in the Road -- and, quite possibly, her best ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whenever the delicious sensuality of the music threatens to take over, the anxiety and restless intelligence that drive it return to the surface, creating a quietly riveting tension. Fan Dance could be Sam Phillips' best album yet -- and that's really saying something.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is classic Cure music, straight up (or should that be straight down?): lengthy songs (most more than five minutes) with plenty of cold, alternately chiming and grinding guitars, fluttering keyboards and, of course, Smith's mournful yowl, which hasn't sounded this intense since the The Top's "Shake Dog Shake" in 1984.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All for You is every bit as impressive a collection as Control, her first collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis fifteen years ago.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the evidence of her work here, one would have to say there really isn't any pop-rock composer writing more sophisticated material these days than Mann.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This time around, the group eschews player-hating specificity but hits equally hard (albeit with subtler blows) against the commercially dominated empire of gangsta and hoochie rap.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He's responsible for some of the most classic (and controversial) jams in the history of hip-hop.