The A.V. Club's Scores

For 4,164 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Veckatimest
Lowest review score: 0 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
4164 music reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music of Graceland is as stirring as always.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An impossibly multi-tracked masterwork of excess, abrasion, and indefinable beauty.
    • 87 Metascore
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    What's best is the sense that no DFA remix will sound quite the same way twice. That applies to the sounds within as well as the complete tracks, which beg to be approached from different directions--as contemplative rock, frazzled dance, wonky prog, and so on--so they can show off entry points lurking almost everywhere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An album that goes so far in proving that simplicity not only has its place, it’s also often the path to unmitigated greatness.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Since We Last Spoke finds RJD2 sounding like some blessed creature who's able to tune in every radio station in the world, past and present, and mix them together into a cohesive whole.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a collection of songs, Brighter Than Creation's Dark ranks among Drive-By Truckers' best, even though there are a couple of skippable tracks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever the future holds, few bands fit as well into their time as the Blur captured here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.”
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Puberty 2 exposes new dimensions to Mitski’s voice, revealing its true richness and range. Mitski is an exceptionally keen observer of the human condition, and Puberty 2 marks a triumphant new step in her evolution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No longer struggling to wake from bad dreams, Broadrick has rubbed the sleep from his eyes, dug through the rubble, and planted Ascension on the summit of the ruins of the world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It feels far different from any of the tightly constructed, singular works of West’s past, and from a sonic standpoint, it sounds almost like a greatest-hits collection of nearly every sound and musical idea that he’s cultivated up to this moment. If you have a favorite Kanye West record, you can find it in here somewhere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's unabashedly a pop album, and by restraining its inventiveness, the band maintains a warm of sense of Zappa-esque liveliness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The beauty of The Idler Wheel… is how it transmits each of those feelings in excruciating, frank, and lovely detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As holdover until the next album, He Gets Me High does exactly what it should: raise anticipation for what comes next.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His third album as LCD Soundsystem moves even further beyond ironic distance toward introspection and unguarded affection.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The slow-building atmospherics of Dylan's 1997 comeback album have given way to some of the most immediately accessible tunes in his catalog.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's smart, strange, just different enough from its predecessor, and, eventually, absolutely stunning.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lisbon is like a treatise on the untapped power of the have-nots, delivered by the kind of people who could turn a raw potato, a cup of water, and a pinch of salt into a five-star dish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the first time, Lamb Of God sounds as powerful composing songs as it does cranking out riffs--and the transformation is career-defining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A killer second act.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it's offset on a few songs by "clean" female vocals, Damian Abraham's glass-gargling roar remains the primary source of Fucked Up's visceral energy. From this point on, it'll be more exciting to see how much farther beyond gut-level the band is willing to go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    World Eater represents a true stylistic leap. It’s a mammoth collection of songs that carve out a unique niche between apocalyptic anxiety and brief, cathartic bursts of ecstasy--a feeling that should resonate with just about everybody these days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hutchison falls in with another proud Scottish tradition: the ability to make the gloomy anthemic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 10 songs on American VI find Cash sounding frail but determined, and the material doesn't let him down.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cancer For Cure is a triumph of imagination and intelligence in service of a pervasive sense of personal and political unease.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Majesty Shredding lives up to its name and doesn't waste much time catching its breath, and along the way Superchunk delivers something that used to be expected of the band: an album on which every song sounds as inspired as the next one.