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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Bon Iver
Lowest review score: 0 Last of a Dyin' Breed
Score distribution:
1091 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Danceable escapism for Urban Outfitters shopping that won't make you question the prices, much less start a riot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Polished, tuneful, and utterly unmemorable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite the raucous vibe, Diamond Rugs is flawed - scattered, unfocused, and rather long, at 14 tracks.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This is a subdued, atmospheric affair, rooted in bangs-in-the-face, black-polish-on-the-fingernails '80s rock.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On "Cynic's New Year," Portland, Ore., indie-folk duo Horse Feathers stick so firmly to their sonic guns that it becomes tightly constricting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's like a late-aughts hipster cocktail.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a sense, the veil is lifted ever-so-slightly with this new [album]: although they still wump you with weird on sonic gauntlets like "Molochwalker" and the title track, they also hit on some great choruses and comprehensible songcraft that, unlike most of their earlier work, is commendable for something other than the effort it took to create it.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    His most compelling collection of songs in years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beware and Be Grateful's main flaw: an occasional quirk overload.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The great news is that even the bad news is good news: Alabama Shakes have a hell of a lot of growing to do, but even their slightest tunes pack a punch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Spine Hits as a whole is a tighter operation, less intended to soundtrack your mushroom trip, but a worthy attempt to bridge the gap to the mainstream.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    As dense and diggable as it may be, however, its sheer quantity of intel and change-ups can be euphorically overwhelming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Anyone's pop cynicism should have a hard time getting out of bed on this one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Their most subdued effort yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of his best, no doubt, and arguably one of the best-sounding records so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Great Lake Swimmers' sugar-sweet ditties easily drift in one ear and, unfortunately, out the other.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Luckily for fans of music and controversy alike, Madonna's compulsions reap musical dividends as she continues to bang into a dance-tastic G-spot, and the results are part sour, part sweet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The structural maturity, in this case, is merely a Trojan horse, meant to smuggle in the music's core brutality in a facade of lean indie mournfulness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's some obligatory Velvet Underground deference, like the jumpy "Hey Jane," but for the most part the new disc is more in line with the soaring sing-a-long brilliance of "So Long You Pretty Things" and the simplistic "Too Late."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Initially, the album seems to lack focus, save a steady burn of fury. But the anarchy's in the lack of cohesion, opening with the hand-clapping force of "Burn a Miracle" and progressing manically toward the melodic woe of "Peace Out".
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Pleasant enough, and skillful, but all too familiar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The tracks are re-released here, along with some extras, and mostly betray a songwriter still finding his own voice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is as swoon-inducing as it is complex. A brilliant debut full-length.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the more interesting rock albums in recent memory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It may be just another platter of product from this Richmond, Virginia, crew, fit for mosh pit incitements, but it's also a harrowing and hypnotic package of wound-up, meticulously arranged aggro-bombs by a veteran team of low-end hatemongers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whereas some attempts to hybridize indie rock and electronic music are forced or awkward, Miike Snow gets its right by paying as much attention to their uncluttered celestial melodies as they do to their beats.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all its robust, pristinely recorded eclecticism, Rhine Gold holds together beautifully, thanks to Makrigiannis's angelic tenor, which soothes and stirs in equal measure.