The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 2,965 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Rio [Live]
Lowest review score: 10 Unpredictable
Score distribution:
2,965 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The spectre of Oasis lurks around Arctic Monkeys, proof that even the most promising beginnings can turn into a dreary, reactionary bore. For now, however, they look and sound unstoppable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album is imbued with a post-9/11 dread, which deters Fagen from recycling the nostalgia and Lynchian fantasy of his previous albums.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are beautiful songs, as delicate as they are rocking and heavy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Drift is a record that demands a lot of work and repays tenfold.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You would call Drew the most exciting rapper Britain has produced since Dizzee Rascal, if that didn't sound like such faint praise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The female Mike Skinner? She's far, far better than that.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an African classic.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Dears have never sounded so comfortable in their own skin.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An idiosyncratic triumph.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's not an ounce of fat here. What's left reaffirms the Neptunes' credentials as fearless sonic innovators - eradicating the memory of Pharrell Williams' underwhelming recent solo album at a stroke - and fast-tracks Clipse into the pantheon of great rap lyricists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes Williams such an important country artist, besides the excellent songwriting and that sultry, scarred southern voice, is her skill at stretching the genre's boundaries while mining its essence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is dance-rock for grown-ups: extraordinary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The band bolster their indie credentials by touching on everything from Joe Meek (Thunderclaps) to the B-52s (She Is the New Thing) and the Fall (Excellent Choice).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The way repeated listens allow its unobvious rhythmic and melodic logic to take root is fantastically rewarding.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Full of the kind of bathetic genius English pop used to excel in, Art Brut are life-affirming - and are worth 500 of almost every other new guitar band.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the most brilliantly gloomy albums in his long career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most heartening thing about In Rainbows, besides the fact that it may represent the strongest collection of songs Radiohead have assembled for a decade, is that it ventures into new emotional territories.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pop is rarely as genuinely affecting, joyful or good as this.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As addictive as its predecessor, Untrue confirms that Burial possesses not just the keen ear of a Lee Perry or Martin Hannett.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's gorgeous from start to finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each listen to New Amerykah brings fresh rewards: it demands to be explored.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hilarious, chilling and exhilarating: further evidence of the unique and enviable position Cave finds himself in at 50.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Boo!, their first album for 16 years, is well up to the standard of classics such as "What Up Dog?" and "Are You Okay?"
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a landmark in American music, an instant classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Intimate, intense and beautiful, You & Me demands repeat plays and the Walkmen deserve a new respect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fantasy Black Channel is the most thrilling British debut of the year for its spirit of invention, its surfeit of ideas and its ear for a good tune.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fed
    As nourishing as it is satisfying, Fed will leave you craving more.