The A.V. Club's Scores

For 3,595 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 Body Talk
Lowest review score: 0 Graffiti
Score distribution:
3,595 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pairing the somber and overpowering baritone bravado of Walker—not to mention his mad-poet mystique—with the subterranean thunder and tumbling towers of holy-hell from the core duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson seemed like the perfect marriage. And it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Turnpike is Saint Etienne's strongest record in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Field Music is a joyful piece of pop art, and a case study in how fragments can make mosaics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Leaders Of The Free World contains songs as heavy and epic as the neo-prog of Elbow's first two albums, but it's strongest at its quietest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In its own still-quiet way, it's a triumph.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It doesn't sound substantially different from what Pollard has done before... but the record cycles through Pollard's disparate influences in songs as charged-up and fully realized as anything he's delivered in maybe a decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The band sounds reinvigorated even when returning to well-trodden turf, and even livelier when moving away from it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's the product of two remarkable artists working in perfect unison, powered by an effortless chemistry that recalls similarly blessed collaborations between Madlib and MF Doom, or MF Doom and Danger Mouse.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are 12 distinct songs on Idols Of Exile, united by Collett's light touch and sense of snap.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Broudie... supplies the record with more thrust and polish than some of these half-written songs deserve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything Wrong Is Imaginary is loosely and playfully conceived, but the stylistic goofing can't hide the exposed, bloody vein that runs throughout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a confidence here that carried over from Case's remarkable 2004 live album The Tigers Have Spoken.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Future Women's fractured personality gives the album drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Creatively, he continues to exceed even the loftiest expectations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a real, classic rock 'n' roll record, with powerhouse production backing a set of songs that actively engage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album that sounds simultaneously deeply personal and in tune with confusing times.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The stuff indie-rock fantasies are built on, with a gripping, theatrical sound that's like a hybrid of early Built To Spill and pre-Soft Bulletin Flaming Lips, adorned with pieces of the old Neil Young albums that inspired those bands in the first place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Compared to Maritime's ragged debut, Glass Floor, the new record is a fountain of confidence, forgoing its predecessor's fussy arrangements for simple structures and big hooks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Rainer Maria] drapes songs in atmospheric echo while maintaining a steady, urgent beat--all of which provides a stage for Caithlin De Marrais' earnest, fully engaged voice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Boots fuses sexuality and celebration with naked politics just as seamlessly as he combines irreverent humor and heartwarming humanism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's unlikely that any other album will sound much like The Drift this year, and even less likely that it could be forgotten if heard even once.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As the price of success, The Obliterati faces significantly higher expectations. Once again, though, Burma succeeds and surprises by playing to its strengths while moving forward.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A happily unpredictable record.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like The Coup's strangely simpatico latest album, Lif's frisky, humane Mo'Mega redefines what a political rap album can be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rather Ripped is unmistakably a Sonic Youth album, right down to the snatches of amp-on-fire distortion, the tuneless speak-singing of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, and an emphasis on guitar texture that includes amplifying each strummed string. But the conventional rock-song structures of "Incinerate," while not unheard of for Sonic Youth, here feel unexpectedly and warmly classicist.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even in its darkest moments, a humane glow envelops the album, which takes her already-arresting sound and expands it to widescreen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Strap on some headphones and enjoy the ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A great summer record it remains, even in the dead of winter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Post-War is easily M. Ward's most accessible album to date, charged with a bouncy spirit.
    • 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.