The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 2,961 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:
2,961 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nirvana's feat of moulding indie-band attitude, heavy metal, post-industrial noise and classic pop into an intense incandescent eruption has now been analysed to death. To rip away the posthumous repackaging and expose the band's raw nerve-endings is an amazing feat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sensibly, Burgess has abandoned the curious falsetto of 2001's Wonderland in favour of his trademark (or Ian Brown's trademark) nasal whine, while the band have responded with some of their finest rollicking grooves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lyrically, he's never been better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It shows the Chemical Brothers, unlike their peers, are capable of adapting and surviving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When The Great Destroyer rocks, it rocks with passion, rigour and an unmistakable but enormously dignified rage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's great beauty here, but, as with The Secret Migration's horrid sleeve, the sense that things have been pared down slightly too far suggests Mercury Rev still suffer from an inability to tell indulgence and exploration apart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Might well be Holmes' best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Majestic while confronting his mortal fears on the gospel-hued Hope There's Someone, childlike and life-affirming on For Today I Am a Boy, he is never less than a class act.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A glorious union of Gedge's romantic past and his latter-day pursuit of lust.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can delve as deeply into the lyrics and musical brain-teasers as you like, but there's plenty of surface allure for anyone who just fancies a superficial graze.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He has a childlike wonderment rarely glimpsed among industry-dominated modern music, but he plays this off against a frail world-weariness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shrapnel-sharp dance music that demands to be heard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their sound is back to its subtle best, all Velvet Underground rhythms and guitars swooping over gentle melodies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of these powerful pop songs bloom to match the intensity of the feelings they lament.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's as bright and breezy as Evan Dando one moment, as resplendent as Phil Spector the next, and you could pit his bubblegum choruses against 1960s classics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Homme has emerged with the best songs of his career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guero's easy, confident flow makes it easy to underrate but, despite his reputation as a slacker, Beck's biggest weakness has always been trying too hard. It's good to hear him so happy in his own clothes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They don't sound too new, but their shuddering pop melodies and knack for smiling through gritted teeth might just make the Bravery the nation's favourite new band.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the whizz-bang pace makes Hot Hot Heat sound a bit too eager to please, then Steve Bays' lyrics give even their fizziest pop songs a pleasingly tart kick.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its grim title with its visions of messy self-absorption, The Emancipation of Mimi is - mostly - cool, focused and urban.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her songs are tough and earthy, hating mere prettiness when fieriness or forcefulness are required.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hinson sings with the heart-stopping world-weariness of a man at least twice his meagre 22 years, often with only the most delicate accompaniment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every song is designed to be played loud and sung along with even louder.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The boy wonder is back in the saddle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unequivocally remarkable new album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are both familiar and fresh and should delight anyone disappointed by New Order's recent album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hal
    There's not much drama or keeping-it-realness in Hal's golden, Beach Boys-influenced world, but who can't use a dollop of guilty pleasure?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First impressions could not be more wrong. Demon Days goes boldly against the current trend for brash immediacy and instead repays time and effort on the part of the listener.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the guitars sometimes get a little too intoxicated on their new freedom, this is a makeover that finally does the band's melodies proud.