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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Before The Poison
Lowest review score: 0 The Others
Score distribution:
1453 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The poetry is too good, the gloom too cached in symbolism and fine melodies to feel trite or melodramatic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A manically strange, darkly and violently beautiful, and deliriously pop album.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite the chill of "Dormant Love," A Vintage Burden might just be the best summer LP you’ll hear this year--perfect timing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Stillmatic features the best rhymes from Nas since his debut, Illmatic, and possibly the best rhymes of the year, rivaled maybe only by Ghostface Killah’s Bulletproof Wallets. Nas rhymes wonderfully on every song, dropping knowledge like.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Out Hud’s shift to house-pop may not be the group ‘coming into its own,’ but it does throw aside the burden of influences that S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. had attached to it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No Shouts, No Calls isn’t just their most song-based work, it’s also their most romantic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Musically, at least, it’s the most accomplished thing he’s ever done.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Every moment screams to be played a little bit louder and a little bit longer; because Playing the Angel is just that good.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Labor Days is a wonderfully complex piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin rarely miss with this album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In Rainbows, then, is Radiohead as straight and lean as they’ve ever sounded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Blueberry Boat, this is a triumphant album of good bits.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The compressed, cleaned-up ferocity of Hypermagic Mountain is a leap of refinement in every way, a sign that the band, while lushly unripe, is ripening gracefully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An excellent album.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As an album, WIW seems to have sprung fully-formed from a single night’s restlessness; often more organic than much of his debut, but still with a steady electro-backed pulse, its pacing and sequencing flow like water beneath a frozen creek, barely seen and mostly imagined.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Greatest isn’t perfect, but its stumbles are neither intrusive nor damning.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fury is a twelve step sequence of poisonous, caustic, and lithe rap.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fact that Hot Chip can take all these conflicting moods, string them together, and make of them a satisfying whole is testament to their understanding of the classic rubric of the pop album—an identifiable, unique sound that has enough room to allow for variety and enough consistency to keep the listener's attention.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An endlessly enjoyable sophisticated pop album.