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 Fishscale
Lowest review score: 0 The Beginning
Score distribution:
3,617 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    The softer focus fits them exceptionally well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Reminder sounds best on headphones, since its rich room tone and casual instrumental interplay is essential to the experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At their best—pretty much all of Black Pompadour qualifies—The Zincs sound like an accomplished friend, sharing skill and knowledge without being pretentious about it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The songs on Fourteen Autumns are loud, and graced with long-line melodies that are easy to hum, but there's nothing quick or disposable about them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's an album of shiny surfaces and great depths.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tio Bitar finds Dungen streamlining its expansive pop-psych attack with a set of jams that hit with more clarity and intensity than ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If nothing else, this record is fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a real person writing and singing these songs, with a lifetime's worth of joys and disappointments, as well as the wisdom to keep it all in proper balance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An engaging study in contrasts and a killer party record.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sirens is the sound of a freshly liberated songwriter scouring his soul - and coming up full-handed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Monch makes a lean 47 minutes seem epic in the best way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On Super Taranta!, the NYC-based gypsy-punk crew is as energized as ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lyrical wallowing is almost a required element for this genre, and ultimately even The Con's failings work in its favor, providing a macro version of what the best Tegan And Sara songs do, by stumbling along recklessly, then falling together.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ever the brilliant craftsmen, Gene and Dean display a sharp eye for genre-specific details, offering just the right amounts of cheese and hooks (not to mention their trademark vulgarity) on splendidly stupid songs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rarely has the Inferno sounded this inviting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Multi-instrumentalist/producer Junior masters JS's many loves without having to scale them down, and expands Don't Stop's compact party into a show of force.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If previous New Pornographers albums are the musical equivalent of Jolt Cola, Challengers is the caffeine-free diet version: less sugary, more mature, initially not as invigorating, but ultimately just as addictive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In its journey from form to formlessness, the record feels like Caribou reaching back toward a primordial pool of sound.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sexual and spiritual, conscious and just plain fun, Eardrum is a master class in lyricism from a man supremely comfortable in his own skin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    When the guests fall back on what's always worked well enough, Galactic seems to take that as a challenge, and takes enough risks to make it sound a little fresher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's a one-man musical melting pot who synthesizes several continents' worth of ideas, sounds, and slogans into one swinging all-night dance party. This is internationalism at its funkiest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Oakley Hall's almost indescribably transcendent quality burns through in songs like 'All The Way Down,' which rides amplified waves of fiery guitar and tuneful wailing, while evoking the reassuring fellowship of church camp.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Harvey has one of the most forceful voices around, but here she relies on her silk-thin upper register to create a delicate album that skates across despair without ever quite sinking into it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While not a huge sonic leap forward for Minus The Bear, Planet shows the band eager--and more than able--to take a deep breath and explore its emerging maturity and depth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Moore turns inward and turns down, which works to his advantage.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends is LSF's comeback--and frontman Tim Harrington and crew have picked up precisely where they left off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An angry Steve Earle is something to behold, but watch out for the man when he's in love.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elsewhere, it's business as usual--mostly amazing business, to be sure, but never entirely unexpected.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Cease To Begin, doesn't deviate much from its excellent 2006 debut, "Everything All The Time," the record's relaxed, understated grace is distinctively Southern in its lack of self-consciousness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    La Cucaracha is just another sprawling Ween record--fans will love it, neophytes will be confused—but it's the best sprawling Ween record since 1997's "The Mollusk."