The Guardian's Scores

For 4,345 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 American Dream
Lowest review score: 10 Unpredictable
Score distribution:
4345 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His voice, agitatedly squawking and yet dainty as a ballerina, is one of contemporary music’s greatest pleasures. He quotes Outkast’s BOB on Today, and is the true successor to their trailblazing spirit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You’re not struck by a sense of dry conceptualising, more her way with a smart, witty lyric.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His voice isn't quite what it was, but his writing is distinctive as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smother isn't conventional chart material, but will make their burgeoning cult impossible to ignore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grand, long and bold--Newsom makes it sound like the first word she sings here: easy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine selection of thoughtful songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The air of two songwriters on rare form, confidently challenging each other to greater heights, is inescapable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The musical emphasis subtly shifts, from track to track and within tracks to create something that feels rather greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Via the fluttering sketches of David Longstreth's early solo releases and 2007's remarkable Black Flag quasi-tribute album, Rise Above, they arrive at this confounding, beautiful record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's honest, heartfelt and warm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Incomprehensible but irresistible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is hardly user-friendly, but Bubblegum is too good an album to languish in the margins. There is something thrilling in its unpredictable lurches between darkness and light, noise and melody. In every sense, Bubblegum is a staggering record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forgoing the arena-rock of recent years for something close to the barbed punk of their "Holy Bible" era--though less disjointed this time, and studded with hooks you could hang a feather boa from--they've made a complex but very listenable record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pusha T takes a tour through the violence of the past 18 months, from Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore to the shocking phone videos that document death in damning detail but rarely lead to convictions. With Darkest Before Dawn, Pusha T has created his own hip-hop Trojan horse.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all their playfulness, the group's melancholy weighs down their music with an emotional gravitas that is rare among anorak bands.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are songs to learn and sing as loudly, messily and drunkenly as possible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first disc of this double CD jangles nerves with pop songs which dissect personal issues through wider problems facing America, but the stunning second finds meaning to it all in a series of supernaturally beautiful ballads.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Latest recruits Kenny Andrews (lead guitar) and Terry Butler (bass) have brought renewed focus to both songwriting and sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Celebration Day captures a more streamlined band--men in their 60s determined to prove they can still cut it. Over 16 songs and two hours, they do just that.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    Elaenia flits, swoops and soars beautifully, impossible to pin down, let alone cage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s something hugely impressive about coming up with an album that somehow manages to be both incredibly discomfiting and easy to listen to.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ode
    It bears a lot of replaying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a recurring sense of enforced jollity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tomorrow's Harvest may not shout for your attention, but it certainly rewards it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the gunshot-littered Clartin and Goodies are far harder than any recent grime track, it’s the upbeat window-winders that really bang. The sound of the summer? You know it makes sense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He seamlessly merges interweaving vocals with the sounds of pastoral English folk and lush, 4ADesque dreampop.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a little top-heavy, and meanders towards the end, but it's smart, demanding and unique, too.