The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 3,071 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Lowest review score: 10 Unpredictable
Score distribution:
3,071 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A trove of bewitching melody and subtle invention, Rounds succeeds not only as a meticulously conceived piece of art but also as a moving expression of human warmth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dizzying in its scope and ambition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Terms like "alt.country" are far too prosaic to contain music which might equally be called post-bebop, spook-folk or ghoulish horror soundtrack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every note, every lyric, is perfect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each track is astonishing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His best work since the Clash's London Calling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the arrangements are predictable, Staton's versatile voice is a revelation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An entirely unique return to form.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Both albums are sublime. Taken together they're hip-hop's Sign o' the Times or The White Album: a career-defining masterpiece of breathtaking ambition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most original and exciting artist to emerge from dance music in a decade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the year's best already, by a mile.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A Grand Don't Come for Free raises the stakes to such an extent that it sounds literally unprecedented: there isn't really any other album like this.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    London Calling itself stands tall as the band's masterpiece, the showcase for all their musical tastes and inclinations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You are drawn to the conclusion that these songs would be remarkable regardless of the circumstances in which they were written.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Franz Ferdinand's album arrives packed not just with fizzing guitars, disco-influenced drums and intriguing shifts in tempo, but also memorable songs, laden with hooklines and startling riffs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Medulla may divide Björk's audience, but, combining intellectual rigour and sensual ravishment, it is brave and unique.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Using and abusing passionate gospel, country sweetness and filthy guitar licks, the Kings of Leon are the kind of authentic, hairy rebels the Rolling Stones longed to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smith has crafted an album that is deft, addictive and profoundly musical, and it feels like a fresh-minted classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For fans of chiming, literate, lovelorn pop, Picaresque is an absolute treasure trove.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is late-night listening that pulses with pain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The air of two songwriters on rare form, confidently challenging each other to greater heights, is inescapable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a triumph of non-judgmental storytelling, delivered within purgative rock'n'roll.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Such sentiments are couched in consistently wonderful songwriting, surf's-up vocal harmonies... and lavish electro-pop.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He's discovered a mellow maturity in Southern soul - and without losing his punk rock perversity or poetry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music offers further evidence of how far outside rap's usual strictures West operates. OutKast aside, mainstream hip-hop doesn't really do ambiguity or irony, but just as West's arrogance occasionally appears to be a protracted joke, Late Registration finds him in thrillingly subversive form, working in the production booth to undercut tracks' messages and shifting their meanings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their melodies have never sounded richer or more lovely, their charm never more beguiling. SFA have made their best album yet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the music is eclectic and teeming with exotic textures, it always feels coherent and easy to love, and might even earn the band a nomination as Britain's Best Pop Group.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Fall Heads Roll] is of head-turning quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is filled with things only Kate Bush would do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Spiritual, lovelorn and vulnerable, this is the album Diamond has deserved for decades.