The A.V. Club's Scores

For 3,578 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 Open Your Heart
Lowest review score: 0 Graffiti
Score distribution:
3,578 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
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    Merriweather's sound plays like both a summation and an expansion of everything Animal Collective has done so far, with a sharper focus on melody and more emboldened vocals that drive the songs.
    • 80 Metascore
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    A startlingly powerful album meted out with supreme control.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The vitality that fuels Goodnight Oslo makes it feel like Hitchcock is saying hello for the first time.
    • 74 Metascore
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    For the first time, Lamb Of God sounds as powerful composing songs as it does cranking out riffs--and the transformation is career-defining.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Heavy Ghost, Stith’s debut, is nothing short of a masterpiece of mood and texture, an album that sounds as if it was devised in equal parts by a seasoned composer and an inspired amateur.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Wavvves is about as simple as its author’s pedigree, but wildly more intriguing.
    • 77 Metascore
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    These are thick songs built around left-field ideas, positively fat with melodic contentâ??physically shake the record, and sheets of notes would probably spray out like a colorful rain of tonal Skittles.
    • 84 Metascore
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    These are all-American songs of devastation and alienation; they’re also loads of fun and damn hilarious much of the time.
    • 79 Metascore
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    An album that goes so far in proving that simplicity not only has its place, it’s also often the path to unmitigated greatness.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The album’s remarkable 28 minutes still push boundaries, not just buttons.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Veckatimest offers more than just an inventive exercise in collage: It’s like hearing the past few centuries of music playing in symphony, which sounds--thrillingly and reassuringly--like the future.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While King’s hyperdrive approach to laying guitar brick rarely sits perfectly flush with Prowse’s cyclonic drums, every spasm on the recording sticks. The combined explosions never quit popping until the muddy sigh of the heartbreaking closer, 'I Quit Girls.'
    • 82 Metascore
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    Laced throughout all of it are generous, wide-eyed melodies of a kind that makes for swooning sighs and curious feelings of instant nostalgia.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Over nine indispensable tracks, Bitte Orca forges a more perfect union between eccentricity and accessibility.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It isn’t a song so much as a journey, and as with the rest of Dragonslayer, its epic ambitions are fulfilled.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Making good on the only slightly veiled threats of Curses, the new Travels With Myself And Another finds Falkous’ barbed stories--of fruitless sex, godless existence, and other pointless-yet-unavoidable bullshit--stretched wire-taut, with nary a moment of wasted energy.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Upper Air is a comely album through and through, and certainly one of this year’s high-water marks for the acoustically inclined.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Whatever the future holds, few bands fit as well into their time as the Blur captured here.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Megafaun fits squarely in the bearded Caucasian folkie camp, but the ethereal Gather, Form & Fly is far too extraterrestrial-sounding to be bound to this planet, much less this country.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The result is sexy like early Portishead and thoughtful like Young Marble Giants--a perfectly formed debut with a genuinely new sound way beyond the sum of identifiable forebears.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Mew really does inhabit a place where few contemporaries can be found.
    • 96 Metascore
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    With only three official albums to its name, Big Star doesn’t seem like a natural for the box-set treatment, but Keep An Eye On The Sky has plenty to offer both neophytes and longtime fans, dropping demos, alternate mixes, and selections from Bell and Chilton’s pre-Big Star work alongside album tracks and the two stunning sides of the only solo work Bell saw released before dying in a car accident in 1978.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Chesnutt put out his first solo album 19 years ago, yet At The Cut’s jarringly personal songs hit new peaks.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Lightning Bolt exists in a wholly different context than it did four years ago, but Earthly Delights ranks up there with the group’s best work.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Released at the end of a smashingly successful year, Fall Be Kind is a worthy epilogue to an all-time classic.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Dash and the Keys score an undeniable win by keeping the samples homemade and the production pared down, and by hand-picking collaborators who know how to sink into a groove.
    • 90 Metascore
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    As painful as it is to recommend an overpriced monument to corporate synergy, the deluxe set really is a treat for hardcore Petty-heads.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Psychic Chasms is an excellent album of balmy psychedelia and breezy infectiousness.
    • 85 Metascore
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    So few bands may be better suited to the greatest-hits treatment, and with the group going on hiatus (following 2007’s middling Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace), now is the time to do it. The standard edition collects 13 of the hits and features two songs, “Wheels” and “Word Forward,” recorded for this compilation, and a previously unreleased acoustic version of “Everlong.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There Is Love In You, his first proper album in five years, is smoother still, and to great effect—if this isn’t the best Four Tet record yet, it’s certainly a fresh face for Hebden.