The Guardian's Scores

  • Music
For 3,247 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 Nothing Important
Lowest review score: 10 Unpredictable
Score distribution:
3,247 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Career-defining stuff.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ten years after Deserter's Songs became a gorgeous Americana classic, Mercury Rev have made another masterpiece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bird and his 10 collaborators use sound the way the impressionists daubed paint, layering elegiac violin melodies with pattering plucked notes, fuzzy or jangly guitar, clip-clop percussion, clicks and drones to create music that might be straightforwardly folky, brightly poppy or more experimental, but is always vivid and engaging.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding record, and one with endless pleasures and pains to be wrung out of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As unlikely a step as Fever Ray may seem for one of electronic music's most enigmatic figures, the results are triumphant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most compelling--and important--avant garde record since "Love's Secret Domain" by Coil.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Studio majesty be darned, this could prove a modern classic regardless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Origin: Orphan has a similar tour-de-force feel to the first Arcade Fire album: the sound of ­loneliness and heartbreak ­gift-wrapped in bundles of sonic joy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a remarkable and historic set of recordings with an equally remarkable history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hidden is not just the most original record to emerge from Britain this year, but the most unfathomable: an immaculate enigma.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes it so compelling is the haunting vocal writing. Full of gently lapping lines, close imitation and moments of honeyed homophony, all underpinned by tactful percussion, it is startlingly different from the driving, hard edges of much of Lang's work with the Bang On a Can collective.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is her first triumph: a collection of literary and emotional songs to have you whooping with joy or fighting off tears, with tunes that deliver new riches with each listen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a magnificent and poignant farewell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The fearless try-anything spirit of Paul Welly, it seems, is still alive and well.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To say it's ambitious feels like damning with faint praise; its sheer musical scope--from the James Brown funk of Tightrope to the English pastoral folk of Oh, Maker--is spellbinding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Utterly, beautifully majestic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The results pitch beautifully crafted, poignant songs and heartfelt vocals against foggy, ethereal production.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's marked by the fresh excitement of mapping out new territory rather than the more craven pleasure of wallowing in nostalgia: an object lesson in the value of not giving people what they want.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most flat-out enjoyable rock records in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Happily, this third album contains some of her best songs yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album looks like one of 2010's major contenders.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Robert Wyatt, that most eloquently lackadaisical of jazz-loving English troubadours, has made some unforgettable albums over his long solo career, but this will rank among the frontrunners.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [The Promise's] elegiac tone would have fitted Darkness perfectly, but most of the other 20 previously unreleased tracks demonstrate that Springsteen never actually stopped writing the hook-laden, audience-rousing crackers with which he made his name.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's unique and warm and beautiful, as love letters are supposed to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lovano's total authority over the materials and his instruments glows through every track.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Earth's best-realised work to date – stunning stuff.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You're left with a richly inventive album that's unlike anything else in Harvey's back catalogue.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bon Iver remains rooted in the emotional sincerity that made Vernon's debut so mesmerising.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marius Neset, the 25-year-old Norwegian saxophonist who surfaced in the UK last year with Django Bates (his teacher and mentor at Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatory), not only combines Brecker's power and Jan Garbarek's tonal delicacy, but has a vision that makes all 11 originals on this sensational album feel indispensable, and indispensably connected to each other.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Songwriting this good doesn't come along often.