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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game Theory
Lowest review score: 0 The Others
Score distribution:
1453 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The sad fact is that this rarely makes good on the promise of 2000’s masterful Mama’s Gun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Haha Sound’s music is always competent, and often worthy of Broadcast’s debut album, but it’s disconcerting to see a band repeat a simple formula with such devotion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s not essential listening by any means, but an interesting look into his working methods of previous years, nonetheless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Overall, the impression generated by Tulsa for One Second is one of inoffensive pleasantness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Barlow has stripped away the beats that made it interesting and blurred the line between this band and his others.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    From its opening bars of stop/start low end, to the motivational tape samples, to the aforementioned multi-tracking, Elephant just screams and begs to be viewed as a departure from the Stripes’ well-known approach. The problem is that in between all this commotion lie the same vintage jams that the group has trafficked in for years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At times its earnestness and self-conscious attempts to prove its own expertise make it seem more like the work of a surly, awkward late-adolescent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This material is as inconsistent as anything off their past few records, but when they do hit upon a good moment, it tends to be really good.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    When [Love is Hell] works, and it does so only sporadically, Adams creates songs of suffocating closeness and density.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Sleep and Release is both an exceptional release and an unfortunate release, and even when it’s at its best and at its worst, it remains both of these- its emotional and musical scope help the album succeed and cause it to fail.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Furnaces’ brand of sonic mayhem may not be for everyone, but there are rewards for those who dare take the plunge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1752&PHPSESSID=962ece01ecbce6b79b9bf797952f15ee" TARGET="_blank">It's a much stronger record than you might expect from something that will probably wind up being, in retrospect, a transitional album.</A> [Review 1, score=80] <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1753" TARGET="_blank">It's just too much; too much noise, too much concept, too much deep NJ woods isolation, and too many witches' tales.</A> [Review 2, score=50]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There&#146;s nothing wrong with collaborators -- and Faithfull has picked some good ones -- but the quality seems to be directly linked to who is behind each song.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Review 1: <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1936&PHPSESSID=c34e5fbb0933de1389469828674b499e" TARGET="_blank">It&#146;s unfortunate that this band is so unsure of themselves, least of all lyrically.</A> [score=50]; Review 2: <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1937" TARGET="_blank">Heroes To Zeros strikes a balance between enervation, subtlety and creativity.</A> [score=80]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    RUOK? sees Dangers with his abilities at their fullest, but with aspirations in a less interesting direction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If anything, it feels like Gibbard has regressed to the point where he sits in the shadow of his bandmate and producer, Chris Walla.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If the arrangements were given as much attention as the astonishing, rich, in-the-same-room production: 9.1
    • 70 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Fire&#146;s not something we&#146;ll remember for long, but it is a surprisingly good album, with highlights that simply need to be heard.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    While little here strays far from the sound Death Cab has been tweaking for the past five years, it still makes for an intriguing listen for even casual fans of the group, and has its share of genuinely stunning moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Since We&#146;ve Become Translucent&#146;s greatest flaw -- its dumbed-downedness -- becomes apparent and sad as the album&#146;s first half goes on.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It suffers from a lack of identity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    A complacent, inoffensive set of songs that belie the talent and vision of their creators.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Revolverlution illustrates that they can adapt to varying song forms, that they are open to technology and that they are still able to craft gripping hip-hop. Unfortunately, they have also kept up with the hip-hop nation by making an album that doesn&#146;t contain enough decent material to justify its near-ridiculous length.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There&#146;s plenty to recommend this album, but rarely do Shipp and Antipop ever really come together.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There's "Karma" and "I Don't Know Your Name." You and your iPod know what to do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It&#146;s a good voice, but it&#146;s not a good album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Summer Sun, while constantly very good, is never creative, inspiring or great. [Editor's Note: Score listed is an average of three separate reviews/scores by this publication: 56, 60, 68]