The Boston Phoenix's Scores

  • Music
For 1,091 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Raw Power [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 0 Last of a Dyin' Breed
Score distribution:
1,091 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Attack on Memory is simultaneously abrasive and sentimental; it's a self-deprecating soundtrack for a new generation of adolescent loneliness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Veteran rock legend Alan Moulder and eclectic electro-guy Dan Carey make sure Something sounds as huge as its aspirations, bringing an impeccably massive sheen to every note.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rad Times is a towering paean to a time that never was, when too much was never enough, and a three-minute song could gloriously last forever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The key is confidence. Moments that would be cringe-inducing if delivered by the less intrepid come across as triumphant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Onwards is, at its heart, just one big suicide tease, which is what makes it so fantastic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It'll inevitably be pigeonholed as post-house or something equally asinine, but for now, it exists without definition, and for that we can be grateful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Who's Feeling Young Now? strikes a perfect balance between flash and form, running blistered fingers on otherwise scholarly templates.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Reign of Terror is way awesomer [than Treats].
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the more interesting rock albums in recent memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Giving us a taste of what this genre [shoegaze]could encompass with a modernized touch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's arguably Mercer's and the Shins' most satisfying achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rot Gut, Domestic never sugarcoats its uglier tendencies, and yet the uncompromising--and uncomfortable--nature of the music is oddly compelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of his best, no doubt, and arguably one of the best-sounding records so far this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If world domination is in question, hooks could be more defined, production could be less flat, and Paternoster's yodel most resembles the forgotten Lunachicks. But she and this Brunswick, New Jersey–born trio have staked an impressive claim.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A Wasteland Companion isn't a sonic tidal wave, per se - it's built on some of the folk troubadour's quietest, most intimate tunes in years. But where emotions are concerned, it pummels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Anyone's pop cynicism should have a hard time getting out of bed on this one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    His most compelling collection of songs in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If at times the album works as dancefloor aerobic-pop, its true utility is in providing the soundtrack for two people to get lost in the vortex dance of each other's eternal-seeming embrace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Out of the Game is melodically smart and consistently rewarding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like the Go-Betweens or the Field Mice, Europe is top-notch indie-pop, with upbeat music and literate lyrics coated in a wistfulness that can be debilitating if you indulge in it too often.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Johnny Jewel's trademark retro-futuro-electro production sound underpins this 16-track set with a dreamy, after-the-afterparty atmosphere that feels like it could go on all night long.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The dreamwave immersion and haunting power of Hunter's vocals invite comparisons to fellow Baltimore mood-wizards Beach House, but whereas Teen Dream aimed for beauty even at its darkest, Lower Dens keeps things weird.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fire from the Sky fully returns the band to what made Shadows Fall so appealing in the first place--without taking a step backward.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's hard to find many flaws in this new disc from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Feel-good nostalgia meets the stoned Dazed and Confused-types and the glam-punks halfway. The album's fuzzed-out appeal ... makes it a summer go-to disc.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An inspired, exhilarating spectacle that makes good on its gang vocals, feel-good (but not cheesy) lyrics, pleasantly muddy production, and galloping sense of self-confidence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If there was ever a worry of the Hives maturing- or simply becoming less like the Hives - there isn't anymore.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A no-frills, consistently engaging album with heart - and hooks - to spare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Her fourth album is arguably her funniest ... but also her leanest and most melodically daring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a refined sense of balance that sets her apart from Grouper and Julia Holter, artists to whom Evans is too often compared.