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 Through The Windowpane
Lowest review score: 0 Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Score distribution:
1,453 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The National are able to pack as much power into the songs on Alligator as any of the more heralded indie-rock bands working right now, only The National have taken the common influences and grafted them into something altogether fresh and remarkable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, this may well be the best of the Eels, his greatest achievement to date, because he reaches so far on nearly every track, and yet still finds something to grab on to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Perhaps less transcendent, The Milk of Human Kindness may ultimately prove more enjoyable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Current yet sounding potentially classic already... Reznor forces himself further into the mainstream with With Teeth--but on his own terms.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Each song glows with infinitesimal joys, tiny pointillist production flourishes noticeable only under close scrutiny. But in rounding out their sound, they brought the viewer close enough to see the brushstrokes and the smudges.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Features some of Madlib’s most difficult and most accomplished production work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This debut will not be the record of their career and leaves me wanting more already, but it is the right record at the right time and a stupidly profound and convincing debut that is up there with the best releases of the year thus far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you come expecting a great album full of hit singles, you won’t get it. If you come with an open mind, what will greet you is the opening chapter of a tale about a girl living through music, remembering through music, exploring her art and herself, starting out to create something special and different.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It doesn’t matter how well you can thrash or shred if it doesn’t sound good, and rarely does a section of Bang Bang Rock and Roll sound as if it wasn’t well thought-out and created with the intent to entertain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A terrific and thoroughly enjoyable effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What makes OK Cowboy worthwhile is not a greater emphasis on the chilly tones that made Vitalic’s initial singles so impressive and characterized some of his savage DJ sets, but the demonstration of a surprising degree of variety and even humanity within those seemingly narrow colonnades of rising and whiplash synths over soulless, mechanical drums.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The quality level is almost inhumanly high, and the range of the tracks here gives you a better idea of what the band is like than any of their individual albums.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The finest album of the White Stripes’ career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An endlessly enjoyable sophisticated pop album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sometimes it does sound like The First Ever Country Record On Matador, too tied down to ideas of what country records are supposed to sound like.... And then Laura looks you in the eyes and you realise that really, you’re being a bit of a twit. She’s still there, the same as she ever was. Her surroundings have just got a bit grander.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Multiply sounds like he picked up some ancient reel-to-reel tape from lost Holland-Dozier-Holland sessions and gave them a 2005 production spit-and-polish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the multifarious tributaries flowing effortlessly into the whole, I Thought I Was Over That has a diverse coherence that is hard to define and establishes itself as a distinct entity in its own right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Building on his unassuming alternative icon status, this great debut (under his own name) is sure to bring him that bit nearer to the awareness of the mainstream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    La Forêt has the sort of courage-minus-contrivance that is exceedingly (and ironically) rare in music of its dramatic and thematic ilk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Juan Maclean takes the mechanized side of music, the Kraftwerk precision and automated bass, but injects it with a personal, human vision and unmet, unwanted desires.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s the collage of styles that distinguishes this album: Cuban and Indian flourishes, Eisenhower-era doo-wop, the smoky Stax groove, bucolic British trad-folk, the eccentricities of American folk, of both the Dust Bowl troubadours and the Vietnam flower-children.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Noah’s Ark proves, again, that the Casady sisters are perhaps at the forefront of the overlabored ‘freak-folk’ scene.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Right now Elbow are hitting an emotional pitch no one else is managing; one more personal and more potent than those that might be considered their competition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For a high-minded piece of process, one that rests on the old trope that the good stuff is always bad for you--or in this case, for the majority of the world--Herbert packs a lot of snap, crackle, and, particularly, pop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A diverse batch of songs that she brings together as a consistent set, showcasing Yearwood as not just a fine singer, but also a just-gets-better-and-better artist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sean Paul is a gifted songbird, and on The Trinity his vocal gifts and Jamaica’s continued creative vitality are a surefire formula for thrilling music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A slow burn may not be quite as exciting as a scorch, but this is a hotter flame than most anything else you'll hear this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Feels is a near-stunning album a notable amount of the time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This record contains some of the most astounding music that Boards Of Canada have ever composed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [An] extraordinarily unassuming, gorgeous release.