Stylus Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,453 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Random Spirit Lover
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Words
Score distribution:
1,453 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
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    On almost every level, Jeff Tweedy and Co. have concocted the perfect follow-up to an epochal, career-defining record--taking greater risks and yielding deeper rewards--and finding more challenging ways to channel pain that just won’t quit.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The feeling I'm left with, after 'Your Hand In Mine' ebbs away, is that I may never need another instrumental album like this again. The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place has already provided what may be the ideal version. And for that, it is absolutely essential.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Before The Poison isn’t flashy, and it’s likely to get overlooked, but it may just be the single best album Marianne Faithfull has ever put her name to.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You could of course, if you like, rip the best tracks from each album and burn them together into some kind of RIAA-baiting SuperLoveBoxxx CDR that creams all opposition with its x-ray vision, amazing strength and ability to leap multiple genres in a single bound, but that would be missing the point.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Bright Eyes may well be on the verge of finally bridging the gap between his precocious talent and the maturity of an ageless songwriter.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Wilderness is Prewitt’s most accomplished solo effort to date. He has craftily corralled the large scale orchestral sweep of White Sky, but kept the intimacy of the guitar/voice confessionalism of Gerroa Songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without relying on a crutch of irony and cynicism, they boldly risk sounding cloying in order to summon the emotional honesty necessary to create music that is unabashedly romantic and achingly beautiful.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Valende is really a more significant album than a lot of people seem to be giving it credit for being, and one hopes that it will be remembered as such.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It’s a swaggering, spitting, utterly contemporary album of politically dissident, sexually forthright Anglo-Sri Lankan dubstep bhangra hip-pop IDM in which M.I.A. stars as protagonist, antagonist, chanteuse, MC, exotic schoolgirl tease, graphic artist, chastiser of the immoral, and fun-loving London-living party girl. And all in under 40 minutes, too. It’s special. We’ve not heard it’s like before.
    • 82 Metascore
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    There are thirteen tracks here spread over 50 minutes, but not once does the quality or pace dip below thrilling. Every track is bursting with ideas and inspired moments.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The Sunset Tree is one of the most volatile, affecting and coherent records he’s made yet.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Finally--a Go-Betweens album with the clarinet solos, harmonies, programmed drums, and splendor this band needs. Oceans Apart really sounds bright yellow and bright orange.
    • 76 Metascore
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    The subtle backing musicians never overshadow Callahan’s reedy baritone and direct lyrics; they merely add subtle shading and light in the appropriate spots--a restraint reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s use of studio musicians on laid-back classics like John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I've listened to this album more than anything else released this year, and I still don't feel like I've fully explored its depths.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Her adventurous and, yes, massive, persona is allowed to wander wherever it wants on The Cookbook, be it avant or common.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whereas before Embrace always harboured that tendency to fuss over minutiae, to pore over every detail with such attention that betrayed self-consciousness, their fourth studio album, Out Of Nothing, finally sees them free of their own fastidiousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Oh No is, if anything, even better than their debut, which now feels like it was trying a bit too hard. Everything feels more natural this time, slightly less polished but still as forceful and hooky.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This is a quietly pulsing release, alive with simple pleasures and celebrating events like hanging out and running into people you know.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never in his career has McCartney seemed more serious in tone and more aware of the play of his lyrics as poetry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I always felt as if those moments of triumph in the band’s music were the focal points, the “good stuff” you waited for and wanted to arrive and then stay forever. This time around though, they appear to have taken a backseat to the band’s darker impulses, and staggeringly, Takk sounds all the better for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They’ve cleaned up their grungy guitar lines (thank you Sub Pop), reworked a few of the best songs from their early EPs, and the result is undoubtedly the best contender for the Arcade Fire/Broken Social Scene-helm of 2005.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A complete album of epic scale, musical significance and a highly prescient lesson in listening, participating and challenging.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The genius of Wearemonster is that Mueller takes the clarity and mobility of house and synergizes it with the overabundance of melodies, textures, theories, and arrangement schemes found in IDM.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Not every classic song from the era is here, but yes, if you do choose to own only one Tropicália disc, then this should be the one.
    • 67 Metascore
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    This is the best pop album of the year and what Ashlee Simpson wishes to be.
    • 81 Metascore
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    He exudes a level of charisma matched only by Ludacris on a global scale.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Pagode will probably be the best love album of the year (and maybe one of the best, period) because Zé has always understood that you can explore feelings without just expressing them.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It could be the soundtrack to death, love, pain, strength, joy, suffering, courage, despair, and faith all at the same time.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Guillemots are constructing their own universe and inviting interested parties to join them within it. I can’t remember the last time a band did that so effectively and so invitingly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While their sound has become immensely creepier, it has also improbably become more beautiful.