The Guardian's Scores

For 3,371 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Constant Bop
Lowest review score: 10 Life In Cartoon Motion
Score distribution:
3,371 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
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    Beautifully realised, immaculately recorded, and one of the year's loveliest vinyl artefacts to boot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to think of another album that rocks in such an epic manner without sounding completely ridiculous.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It succeeds because of the sheer quality of her singing and the thoughtful, varied songs from the light and then furious Kouma to Mélancholie, a highly personal reflection on sadness and solitude.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record of remarkable delicacy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You're left with a richly inventive album that's unlike anything else in Harvey's back catalogue.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is dance-rock for grown-ups: extraordinary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The touchstones here, such as Dusty in Memphis, are all records that revel in a particular kind of musicality, yet this is a record that never feels retro, just timeless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The way repeated listens allow its unobvious rhythmic and melodic logic to take root is fantastically rewarding.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bon Iver remains rooted in the emotional sincerity that made Vernon's debut so mesmerising.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Without a Net is free to bursting point, but it's a triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a triumph of non-judgmental storytelling, delivered within purgative rock'n'roll.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Run the Jewels is remarkably fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No one makes music like this: the Night Tripper rampages inimitably through swamp blues, voodoo funk and Afrobeat, with his trademark piano.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are tunes that twinkle and thunder like exploding stars, and show that there are still infinite possibilities in two guitars, bass and drums.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some Waller devotees will recoil, but this is a respectful tribute from a remarkable modern-music mind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is metal taken to a higher plane of brilliance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    50 Words for Snow is extraordinary business as usual for Bush, meaning it's packed with the kind of ideas you can't imagine anyone else in rock having.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portishead's third album is initially more a record to admire than to love, its muscular synthesisers, drum breaks and abrupt endings keeping the tension high. But after several listens, Third's majesty unfurls.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The Drift is a record that demands a lot of work and repays tenfold.
    • 85 Metascore
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    His best work since the Clash's London Calling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The air of two songwriters on rare form, confidently challenging each other to greater heights, is inescapable.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The Hold Steady couldn't sound less fashionable if they set up a branch of C&A, but their bar-room rock - all power chords and fist-pumping choruses - is a perfect, if counter intuitive accompaniment to Finn's downbeat tales.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ys
    It may well be the most off-putting album released this year. After playing it, there seems every chance it is the also the most astonishing.
    • 85 Metascore
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    For all the 40-year-old reference points, Big Inner never feels like a pastiche; it's audibly more than the sum of its influences, in the same manner as Lambchop's Nixon.
    • 84 Metascore
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    It's unique and warm and beautiful, as love letters are supposed to be.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Parquet Courts have produced a debut that's both instantly addictive and lastingly rewarding: a smart, snappy concoction of worldly wisdom and garage-rock gratification.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Medulla may divide Björk's audience, but, combining intellectual rigour and sensual ravishment, it is brave and unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the subtlety, and the self-awareness, that make this album exquisite.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lovano's total authority over the materials and his instruments glows through every track.