The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 3,332 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 Same As You
Lowest review score: 10 Life In Cartoon Motion
Score distribution:
3,332 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith's approach to the bellicosity post 9/11 contains - surprisingly for someone so full of piss and thunder - a fair amount of faith, hope and pleas for tolerance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In different hands, some of the songs might be butterscotch-smooth MOR but Jeremy Greenspan's voice never loses its neurotic edge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Coldplay on A Rush of Blood to the Head, Muse sound like a band who are at the top of their game. Their confidence carries you through the album's excesses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each of the dozen tracks on Whiskey Tango Ghosts is an elegantly crafted miniature, using a bare minimum of almost entirely acoustic instruments as a framework for Donelly's intimate vocals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musicology strongly suggests Prince has finally roused himself from a decade-long self-indulgent torpor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of those hushed, moody, late-night records - though with much more going on than mere melancholia.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a dramatic, ambitious album that dares you to rise to its challenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mixing maturity with a fixation with metal, there's an anthemic chorus to match every squiggly, air-guitar solo, and gentle harmonies play off grinding rhythms. It's the perfect combination for the ultimate pop-rock break-up album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intense, brooding piece of work.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The duo have refined their sound until it is shatteringly effective. Nevertheless, Elephant sounds suspiciously like the White Stripes' apotheosis.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first great album of the new prog revolution.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If at first the songs feel ordinary, perseverance reveals the haunting quality of Arthur's imagery, and the rich patina of his careworn voice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alongside gems from the back catalogue, four new songs suggest Merritt may not even have peaked.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are 13 aural riots here, and every one is as catchy as a horrid disease.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But I Can't Stop has more to offer than a rush of nostalgia. The songwriting is largely superb, which keeps the album from sounding like a clever pastiche.