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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound
Lowest review score: 0 The Others
Score distribution:
1453 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Battles unite process and expression, making playing that’s as quantized and mechanical as Kraftwerk sound as wild and urgent as Albert Ayler.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a return to the Wu sound; in-house production, more Clan cameos and less material dictated by current trends commercial.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although at times M83 evoke Jean-Michel Jarre or Air, this is far from being an album of Franco-synth by numbers; it is the layered, hypertextual futurism of My Bloody Valentine and Brian Eno which seeps through the electronic Gallic gauze as the most palpable influences.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's one of the few Europop albums that not only deserves worldwide domination, but also has a really good chance of achieving it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Finn is a decidedly great lead non-singer, and because of this, he has to rely on brainy, culture-referencing wordage as opposed to impressive melodic style or range. Fortunately, his banter rarely disappoints, even if it is a little repetitive at times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    “British Sea Power’s Classic”? Not quite. Not yet. But we can see the high-tide mark.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You Forgot It In People is a tremendously accomplished album, magnificently achieving its goal of creating bonafide pop music and doing so with admirable style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’d imagine Thunder Lightning Strike will not age well nor reward a thousand listens, but for what it attempts to do, and succeeds, it’s worthy of attention.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The record is sprawling and beautiful, a genuine pop masterpiece through and through.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An immensely pleasing and happy album.
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After disappointing would-be breakthrough releases from so many of the discopunk frontlines, this is an album that’s more easily classifiable as “great” for what it isn’t, rather than what it is. It’s not inconsistent. It’s not a total deviation from what we know of the group. It’s never dull. And, most importantly--it is in no way a let down.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Feast of Wire is a startlingly diverse album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This band is so exciting it’s almost unbearable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Chavez Ravine drags occasionally, the result of too many serious narratives, but the stories that do work are jaw-droppingly simple and painfully familiar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Boxer is a National album through and through but blessed with a restraint and self-assuredness of a band on top of its game, resulting in a startling masterpiece on par with Turn on the Bright Lights, Bows & Arrows, or any other austere tribute to urban alienation you care to name.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It is a wonderful album that explores separation and endings and life’s journeys – and their inevitable end - in Zevon’s inimitable style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Honestly, I can think of few albums more perfectly structured than The Lemon of Pink, and far fewer that end as nicely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a more succinct drollery and a better sense of studio control, Cee-Lo Green has outdone his fellow Atlantans [OutKast] on Cee-Lo Green is the Soul Machine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s hard to say that Andrew Bird is anything but a master-songwriter, capable of penning a song for any sort of occasion. It was the hardest challenge, however, for Bird himself to understand this power and to control it. He’s finally tamed that quivering urge and, in the process released one really long perfect moment in adult contemporary pop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Unsurprisingly, everything on Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is sublimated beneath Case’s vocals: music, momentum, the need for tunes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bright Eyes may well be on the verge of finally bridging the gap between his precocious talent and the maturity of an ageless songwriter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Not a dud, certainly not a work of cosmic art. It’s meekly above-average.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is an album that seems to effortlessly evoke the kind of lazy summer days that everyone claims only ever happened when they were kids.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    While it&#146;s unrealistic to expect another Kid A-like transformation, by pulling all those familiar elements together, Hail to the Thief sounds, well, a little familiar.</A> [Note: Score listed is an average of two separate reviews: a <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/musicreviews/radiohead-hail_to_the_thief2.shtml" TARGET="_blank">68</A> and a <A HREF="http://www.stylusmagazine.com/musicreviews/radiohead-hail_to_the_thief1.shtml" TARGET="_blank">90</A>.]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Edan has lowered his tone, beefed up his content, mastered an independent, creative production style and crafted a concise album that makes a strong stab for early album of the year bids.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It would be a joke to call an album as lush as Twin Cinema “lo-fi,” but it is a more subtle, reined-in New Pornographers.