The A.V. Club's Scores

For 3,617 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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Life...The Best Game In Town
Lowest review score: 0 Graffiti
Score distribution:
3,617 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Most of To The Races is arresting and alive, filled with little moments--a snaky violin, a warm harmonica, a lilting melody--that serve as reminders of how important the concept of "performance" can be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Especially in its superior second half, the album resonates with casual ambition as it reconciles ?uestlove's effortless bohemian cool and sonic perfectionism with Black Thought's dark swagger, street-level sociology, and silver-tongued virtuosity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These songs are complicated robots.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is Yo La Tengo in full 32-flavors mode, but somehow, as with similarly diverse past efforts like I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One, they make it all sound cohesive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The band's fourth album Awoo keeps the lyrical restraint, but restores some of the energy of The Hidden Cameras' early work, in more of a rock 'n' roll vein.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's nothing here that Beck hasn't done before, but it sounds unexpected once again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The triumph of Boys And Girls is that it's full of the kind of songs that Finn's protagonists would crank up, relishing every power chord.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Van Occupanther's spell finally breaks a little more than halfway through its 11 tracks, when the songs begin to feel more fussed-over and conceptual and less organic, but the warmth never fades.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His hushed voice and intricate acoustic guitar work fill the space with reflective songs that sound little like anything he's done before.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nelson sounds like he's giving it his all, and everyone around him rises to the occasion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ys
    For those willing to let go a little and drift, Ys can be an amazing journey, especially when Parks' strings and Newsom's harp lock into a seductive dance, or when her voice catches one of the fleeting snatches of melody and rides it until it escapes.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Waits may call them orphans, but another artist would call this a career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both hauntingly beautiful and a helpful summary of Stevens' career to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It contains a smart, tight, cohesive analysis of where rap went astray, but also the seeds of the genre's rebirth and renewal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Friend Opportunity is adventurous and strange, but not insular. It lets everyone share the triumphant feeling of a puzzle reaching completion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Phantom Punch's palette contains dollops of everyone from The Clash to The Sea And Cake to name-your-favorite-shoegaze-band, but most of all, the album's freewheeling energy brings to mind Supergrass' finest moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What's most impressive is how guileless Dunckel and Godin make it sound. They're aiming for a kind of naïve beauty, and they hit it consistently here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fantastic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easy to get lost in the strange balance between delicacy and muscle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For the most part, Children Running Through is Griffin at her most complete, using elements from her favorite genres to support simple songs that follow the up-sloping contours of her phenomenal voice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The band has smartened up, and now it's playing to its strengths.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's something beguilingly perverse about the incongruity between Winehouse's trifling lyrical concerns and Back To Black's wall-of-sound richness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Easier than ever to grasp, yet still constantly, joyously vexing, We Were Dead is another terrific set from a band that couldn't make something dull even if drowning were the only other option.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What seemed like a radical departure two years ago now sounds like a waystation on the journey to this more disjointed, more fragmented, more demanding, and ultimately more rewarding work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bird has developed a finesse for off-kilter pop that takes mortality, confusion, and unexpected realizations as its subject, shaping them all into songs that are catchier, by their own terms, than most of Top 40 radio.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sometimes ominous, sometimes celebratory, always compelling, Person Pitch is as clattering and tactile as a beaded curtain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Because Of The Times isn't likely to make anyone forget Lynyrd Skynyrd. But it's still one of the most consistently surprising and vibrant rock records since, arguably, Aha Shake Heartbreak.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's not a grand departure, just the best album yet by one of the modern-rock era's most loveable bands.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of hip-hop's few essential EPs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Saltbreakers is exceptionally strong, and it shows Veirs has more than just poetic whimsy up her sleeve.