The A.V. Club's Scores

For 3,562 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Family Afloat
Lowest review score: 0 Graffiti
Score distribution:
3,562 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though its conceptual component feels fuzzy and abstract at best, The Cool oozes geek chic with terrific songs, smart, dense lyrics, and nimble, eclectic production.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While DYLRM? lacks the wild-eyed spits and howls of "Decline Of British Sea Power," it's definitely BSP's most rocking effort yet, replacing the sterility that plagued its sophomore slump, "Open Season," with stadium-sized bravado.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Loud-quiet-loud has never been so dizzying.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Eitzel's trademark gloom still dominates, but his ability to bend glacial chords around pure poetry remains vital. In fact, it's stronger than ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The venom is still there, and it's just as potent, but it tastes a little sweeter this time around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wisconsin singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, who records as Bon Iver (a bastardized version of the French phrase for "good winter"), still manages to put his own stamp on a moribund genre with his quietly startling debut, For Emma, Forever Ago.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The disc is buoyed by an underlying pop sensibility, epitomized by the bubbly 'A&E' and 'Caravan Girl.'
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Go Away White is more than a swansong. It's a minor masterpiece that proves Bauhaus has been nicely preserved.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    King's vocals (on four of the 11 tracks) are more of a distraction than they were on "Red," though they add just the right amount of spice to make Revenge enjoyable from beginning to end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Urata's slurred warble leaps into soaring vibrato, and the group's eerie throb of violin, accordion, and sousaphone has never felt so cinematic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The overall effect is an endearing, successful addition to Ward's never-ending quest to assimilate every single populist song form of the 20th century.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Brain Thrust Mastery wouldn't exist without the '80s, but We Are Scientists offer up more than just retro-rock, even when they get as danceable as The Killers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    April, his third full-length under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, and the first made up of new songs since 2003, easily bears the weight of expectations, proving once again that he really does transcend any slowcore or singer-songwriter tags that have been tossed his way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is the late-night, beat-driven, torpid-languid music of a zillion coffee shops, sure, but with the blood drained out of it, a creepy-crawly, black-and-white-sounding thing that gets under the skin and stays there from the first play
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's Hutchison's utterly believable desperation and frank lyrics that push the whole thing from good to great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Far from an easygoing slice of complacent contentedness, Kensington Heights finds the band pinpointing its angry energy with expert precision, rather than flailing with the wild abandon of old.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Jim
    On Jim, Lidell course-corrects by choosing a warmer, more organic palette. It's a retro-soul record minus the bleeps and whistles, and it exposes Lidell as the charming, confident vocalist he is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though at times it threatens to become overbearing in its eclecticism, Santogold's solid lyricism and pop sensibility keep the album from disappearing up its own ass.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The four-track EP hints back at last year's Strawberry Jam, but the songs are more melodic and spacious--more patient in making way for whatever drifts in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It sounds timeless, yet tossed-off. Best of all, it's a real blast, just like messing around with your drinking buddies (rock legends or not) should be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Today's politically charged songwriters can drop coy manifestos and clever metaphors all they want--Silver Mt Zion's 13 Blues actually flushes out the psychic, karmic residue of a suicidal civilization just to stomp around in all that apocalyptic plasma.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tindersticks remains a champion at feel-bad soul strings, but those who've found the group's previous work oppressive might want to try again: Staples' vocals haven't changed, but with the music as pared-down as one of their impressionistic soundtracks, it's a new sound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The songs are full, lush, even sparkling, and their teeming arrangements--woodwinds, electric piano, summer-afternoon copulations of banjo and violin--are the best of his career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Meiburg's voice focuses each track on quietly bold melodies, strung through with excitement, wonder, and joy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The new Pacific Ocean Blue: Legacy Edition corrects that [being out of print] while confirming the rumors of the album's greatness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Two Men With The Blues is Willie at his most limber--and the surprise is that his co-star, the oft-formal Wynton Marsalis, sounds just as loose.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Drawing from a seemingly inexhaustible supply of sass, Coppola wraps her laid-back vocals around narratives that are innovative yet accessible, resulting in one of the most promising pop debuts 2008 is likely to see.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On Preteen Weaponry, it patiently carves its own landscape and brews up the weather to go with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album only has two full-fledged ballads, and while they don’t burst with the same life as the rest of the record, they showcase the songwriting and performance chops that should earn Maria a notable career beyond this impressive debut.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While certain details are kept shrouded, the acts and emotions are hyper-real, and the story's arc is plenty navigable.