The Guardian's Scores

For 3,371 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 Constant Bop
Lowest review score: 10 Life In Cartoon Motion
Score distribution:
3,371 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    St Vincent's 40 minutes offer an embarrassment of fantastic songs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the duo deliver hard-nosed disses at a rate of knots. Early, meanwhile, matches distorted synth with an old-school storytelling piece about pursuit and arrest by the police. It’s an unrelenting style, which may sound like overkill to some, but there’s no disputing its power and sophisticated composition.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A trove of bewitching melody and subtle invention, Rounds succeeds not only as a meticulously conceived piece of art but also as a moving expression of human warmth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to hear Modern Times' music over the inevitable standing ovation and the thuds of middle-aged critics swooning in awe. When you do, you find something not unlike its predecessor, Love and Theft.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Untrained ears might shrivel in terror, but those who appreciate the joy of noise will recognise the sound of veteran masters on unassailable form.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His most direct, energised and modernist work in years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This reissue tweaks the sound with little discernible effect, and adds a package of goodies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first is patchy but enjoyable, and the wealth of bonus tracks will appeal to those who already know the albums, but add almost nothing of benefit for newcomers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a smart, soulful and immersive work of art.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most emotional songs are bravely straightforward but quite unexpected.... Surely one of the albums of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fed
    As nourishing as it is satisfying, Fed will leave you craving more.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album that demands something of the listener, but rewards it in spades.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a joyful, transcendent record somehow reminiscent of kids let loose in a musical sandpit. As winter rages around us, it ushers in the warmth and sets a high musical benchmark for others to match this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a magnificent and poignant farewell.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The singing is immaculate all the way through, and there's plenty of blowing space from some dynamic improvisers, notably saxophonists Yosuke Sato and Tivon Pennicott.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is no treasure trove, but it works well as a definitive overview.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [Chutes] finds Albuquerque's finest further mining their own private bittersweet seam, kicking off with the pop turbulence of Kissing the Lipless and absurdly joyous Mine's Not a High Horse, before reaching another career peak with the dizzying exuberance of So Says I.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To Be Kind is uncompromising to the point of overindulgence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with their previous albums, Memorial demands total immersion, but Russian Circles' sonic world is a welcoming one. Right now, few bands conjure such vital and nourishing food for the imagination.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an informal set, full of coughs and corrections and chatty asides; the sense of intimacy this fosters between the eager young singer and the modern listener might be this collection's greatest appeal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Barbara Lewis's soul classic Hello Stranger gets a chillout makeover, which doesn't quite work; but any faults are obliterated by the album's closer, City Appearing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever, he's doing things his own way, with songs catchy enough to suggest everyone should accompany him for the ride.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The world's full of fine jazz piano trios, but Iyer's is way up the A-list.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Career-defining stuff.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is fun, intelligent and sets up Barnett as a voice who can tread between both high and low culture and treat them the same.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Return to Cookie Mountain is largely a delight - an experimental album with a pop heart that avoids self-indulgence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The concept of realness underpins hip-hop; the fearless, whipsmart talent of Angel Haze brings you face-to-face with the resonant reality of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She sings with an affectless detachment reminiscent of, say, Aimee Mann, and uses it to cut sharply through the lies people tell themselves.