The A.V. Club's Scores

For 3,570 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 Fishscale
Lowest review score: 0 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
3,570 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Everything that made it on the album--and much of what didn’t--belongs exactly where it is. (Yes, even the blazing but unfortunately named blues jam “Turd On The Run.”)
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Clash's London Calling stands as one of the few unimpeachably perfect albums... but it doesn't necessarily gain from the added scrutiny.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a thoughtful look at a legendary act, and one that’s both long overdue and well deserved. Just as Spiderland rewards the patient listener, the box set rewards the patient fan.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twenty-plus years later, it still sounds ahead of its time and remains an influential, genre-spanning work.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music of Graceland is as stirring as always.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new Smile not only justifies its bearing, but also serves as a major triumph.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given a chance to be herself, Lynn responds with a powerful return to form. [28 Apr 2004]
    • The A.V. Club
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The meticulously constructed cathedrals of guitar sounds on Siamese Dream--so clean and melodic, yet also heavy-make the album more comparable to A Night At The Opera or Boston than Nevermind or Vs.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album’s remarkable 28 minutes still push boundaries, not just buttons.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wilson has always said he wanted to make a "teenage symphony to God." This Smile is so wonderfully close. Hallelujah.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Many rappers derive inspiration from Clinton, but OutKast has constructed its own far-reaching and experimental mythology, drenching its surrealistic, Southern-fried flows in brilliantly executed funk, blissful soul, rattling live drums, spacey synthesizers, and psychedelic guitars.... In its messy brilliance, OutKast has created a hip-hop Sign O' The Times, a messy, vital classic and a major step forward for both its members and hip-hop as a whole.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an album of endless pleasures, and its arcane, foggy-headed mysteries never stop revealing themselves.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The two-disc The Promise collects 22 leftovers (including "The Way," an excellent unlisted bonus track), none of them previously included on Springsteen's Tracks box set, all of them polished, to one extent or another, in recent years. Some, like "Breakaway" and the title track--a longtime fan favorite previously released only in a version rerecorded in 1999--fit Darkness' themes perfectly.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's the kind of libertine who needs to live on the knife's edge just to feel alive, and Fantasy is gloriously alive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The new double-disc edition of Icky Mettle explains why hopes for AoL were so high, and why those hopes may have been misplaced.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like both artists' most transcendent work, Madvillainy retains its mystery and wonder after dozens of listens.
    • The A.V. Club
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some Girls showed that the Stones could pull off the old magic using some flashy new tricks.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s a monster of a concert film in any case, with a band at the height of its powers--and not yet totally sick of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Love seems to come from a far more freewheeling Bob Dylan than the one on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, or virtually any other album he's recorded.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Achtung Baby sounds a like a typical U2 record--a terrific U2 record, arguably the best record U2 has ever made, but not exactly the decisive break from the band's past it is remembered as. What Achtung Baby instead represents is U2's last great creative gasp.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The bulk of Dolly comes from the professionally tumultuous, creatively astounding period from the mid-’60s through the Wagoner split.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The bonus material contains an abundance of amazing, weird, and brilliant moments. But the type of extras included-like a disc of demos from Blur's early years, when the band went by Seymour--will likely only interest completists.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s undeniable is that moments from Sunbather will resonate long after the pointless babble has died down, proving that sometimes the greatest beauty can only be found in the face of chaos.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No Depression: Legacy Edition chronicles this collision between restlessness and ambition, and portrays a band successfully wrangling both.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like most modern reissues, this one contains a wealth of B-sides and curios to sift through. Some are fun, like the nasty, thrashing 'Wanna Mess You Around,' but some are for completists only.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Waits may call them orphans, but another artist would call this a career.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One strength of this set-apart from its generous but judicious stockpile of Guthrie art, artifacts, and analysis-is that it doesn't overwhelm.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It all makes for a bleak spread, but Rascal rises up as a singular musical presence too brimming and perceptive to let the coarse world around him pass by untouched.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If Archives is ultimately less of a career-redefiner than Decade, that’s only because Young’s become such an entrenched part of rock history that his career has been exhaustively picked-over. Aside from the heretofore under-explored surf influence, there are really only a few new connections made or questions raised with Archives.