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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Valende
Lowest review score: 0 Razorlight
Score distribution:
1,453 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ys
    While Ys is ridiculously overwritten, over-performed and self-contained, her fables always sublimate into the hot fog of real emotions just before they calcify.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fury is a twelve step sequence of poisonous, caustic, and lithe rap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here are nine really communicative almost-pop songs, subdued but no less ambitious follow-ups to similar tendencies on 2005’s The Runners Four.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What really makes Wincing the Night Away succeed is how the Shins’ moneymaker templates evolve into more complex tapestries. In a manner similar to the New Pornos, the third album becomes the most successful due to an implied heft that comes from a concerted effort to sound like a band rather than a singer-songwriter vehicle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Phantom Punch Sondre Lerche finally makes good on the promise of his talent; he’s mastered and polished his intuitive gift for melody and arrangement and rightly applied it to his most natural musical inclinations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If Louden Up Now was the sound of !!! trying to integrate their fusion of conflicting ideas and failing admirably, Myth Takes is the band not giving a damn and succeeding improbably at something even more interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    So when you see Infinity On High getting praised, don’t bother scoffing. This deserves to get praised. There's a lot on here that's great and pretty much nothing that's bad.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Writer’s Block has announced the renaissance of both pop music and love.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ce
    Ce is Caetano Veloso's 40th album—and the first in many years to make the hairs on the back of one's neck stand up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, of course, it’s a total homage to his favorite music—but it’s an extraordinarily moving one, both emotionally and physically.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s still identifiably Low, but richer and more diverse than before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Few albums made in recent memory sound this harrowing or this painful, yet even fewer have such a true sense of catharsis.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Most of it... feels as weighty and emotive as Sleater Kinney, or as seductive as Mary Timony in the mid-90s: fully-formed, feminine indie rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is one of the most forward-thinking “rock” albums to come down the pike in some time, playing with the genre in both form and function while showing off Reznor’s ridiculous resevoir of ideas in fine fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A richly executed and textural record—one of the best guitar-based albums of 2007 thus far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As with much of her past work, it’s almost embarrassingly human, sometimes sounding too close to you to believe it’s not your own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No Shouts, No Calls isn’t just their most song-based work, it’s also their most romantic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Snaith’s newest album, Andorra, merges "Milk’s" heady sense of immediacy with a clear and consumable swiftness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    None Shall Pass may or may not be the best album in Aesop Rock’s discography, but it might be the most fun to listen to. Call it his San Francisco Renaissance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The disc succeeds by merging a unity of sounds with a complex variety of emotions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Musically, at least, it’s the most accomplished thing he’s ever done.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Spirit If... may be the second-best record any of those associated with Broken Social Scene have issued--whether together, apart, or kind of both.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Labor Days is a wonderfully complex piece of work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just Like You shows and proves unquestionably that Cole’s capable of some seriously rich, powerful art.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The debut album was good, but this is better. Much, much better; the kind of record I will happily and willingly return to long after this review is dead and buried.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In Rainbows, then, is Radiohead as straight and lean as they’ve ever sounded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Jones simply feels more involved in the music on 100 Days.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Parades, both restrained and wildly dramatic, gently touching and warmly enveloping, is not a record that sits comfortably with convenient labels.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    45:33 works both as exercise-soundtrack and discopunk-odyssey because James Murphy understands how to make people move on a basic, physical level. [Review of UK release]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If The Unfairground doesn’t quite qualify as a "stunning" return to form--"stunning" never really being Ayers’ stock in trade--it certainly represents the delightful and unexpected renaissance of a perennially undervalued artist, whose quiet but significant influence is long overdue for re-assessment.