The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 3,228 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Noble Beast
Lowest review score: 10 Unpredictable
Score distribution:
3,228 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As Start Together proves, that was never a question anyone would need to ask Sleater-Kinney [“Where’s the ‘fuck you’?”].
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In spring 1967, Dylan and the Band were out of step, but ahead of the curve. Now, 47 years on, even the listener overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of what’s on offer here--who doesn’t want to hear the false starts and fragments and gags--might conclude that the highlights are as timeless as rock music in the 60s got.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lost on the River recalls the spontaneity and sheer love of music-making of the original, but it’s not hamstrung by reverence or caution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More than most noise albums, or deliberately confrontational music, this is a record that unsettles and subverts.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s revelatory to hear this most intense of bands playing with such ease and fluency, and utterly compelling.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Striking an exquisite balance between brute force, insistent melody and bold experimentation, this is the finest mainstream metal album of 2014 by a huge margin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Merritt's lugubrious baritone has never sounded stronger, nor have his songs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strikes a near-perfect balance between the various facets of the band's history.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His most direct, energised and modernist work in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond his trademark agitated yelp and panic-attack rhythms are all manner of surprising and compelling sonic twists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is plenty that is remarkable about Real Gone.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is genuine alt-country at a time when the term has come to signify little more than middling acoustic rock.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record of remarkable delicacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another broadsheet rock critic waxing rhapsodic may be the last thing Wainwright needs, but here goes: Want Two is a stunning album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Manages to dabble with tension and still emerge with something life-affirming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Frequently magnificent, Blue Eyed in the Red Room offers up more with every listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That Employment is derivative is both undeniable and irrelevant. It is so confident, so smart, so full of life, that a more enjoyable 45 minutes is hard to imagine.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a triumphant lesson in sweeping gracefully towards the mainstream with your imagination and mystery intact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificent, all told.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The trend for disappointing follow-ups bucked with enviable panache, You Could Have It So Much Better leaves you eager, rather than concerned, about Franz Ferdinand's next album.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And whereas the dark era that began with a military coup in 1964 is now relegated to Brazil's history, the music it inspired sounds fresher and more provocative than ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of his most impressive songs in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather Ripped may not have the cultural impact of 1989's Daydream Nation, but it contains some of the best music of their career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A profound melancholy suffuses the elegant and often sublime Damaged.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to think of another album that rocks in such an epic manner without sounding completely ridiculous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A 21st-century soul classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The spellbinding mix of shimmering folk and shimmying disco on Out of the Woods eclipses her past work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album to savour when autumn leaves are falling--and through the rest of the year, too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goofy two-minute singalongs for the Jackass generation.