The Independent on Sunday (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 786 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Put Your Needle Down
Lowest review score: 20 The Connection
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 786
786 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    14 songs of keening, romantic acoustic music of great seriousness and lightness of being.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The none-more-Nietzschean, grandiose-apocalyptic mood continues through the utterly splendid Olympic theme "Survival", with its über-ELO arrangement, and "Animals", with its sound effects of an angry, riotous mob.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This one's a beauty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bloodsports is effortlessly superior to its predecessor A New Morning, and averages out roughly on a level with Head Music (though more consistent in quality).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gruff’s gorgeous voice helps humanise Feltrinelli. Never more so than on “Hoops With Fidel”, which, rather than demonising him and Castro, conveys the ideal of international revolution as a beautiful thing. As beautiful, in fact, as this album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Post-millennial indie boy-rock has taken a savage beating here. And it may prove the best it’s ever had.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Meta-pop doesn’t come much more moving than this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And whaddayaknow, this ugly duckling – out of a hoodie and into a tux – turns out to have a fine white soul voice and has followed a record you couldn't bear to hear more than once with a record you'll want to play over and over.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delicious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just simple, old-fashioned talent and charm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's lovely to fall asleep to. Which is a compliment, not a complaint.
    • The Independent on Sunday (UK)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though there's no smash hit leaping out, with its consistent unity of atmosphere, The Fall is the most cohesive Gorillaz album yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a glossy thing that entwines her Californian folky yin around his Southern gothic yang.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right at the end of what is officially the most depressing month of the year comes a shaft of unadulterated sunshine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Built for repeat listening, this will keep on giving. Don't you just hate it when the hype is right?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the exquisitely mournful Violet Cries, Rachel Davies issues Cassandra-like predictions of woe and mayhem, while Thomas Fisher's filigree guitars shimmer like sunset on a lake.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Subjects resulting from such reveries include imperialism, the environment and the more familiar home turf of love and longing. Nobody does it better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album about what war does to the aggressor, as much as what it does to the vanquished victim.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Conor Oberst has always been an artist to inspire, irritate and frustrate, and on what he says will be the final BE album he does these things in equal measure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still a cut above most epic global-influenced rock.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sound is a return to the Whigs' finest and the mood is whiskey, cigarettes and damnation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a crowd of loudish country and R&B guitars he tells brief stories of everyday lives with a correspondingly everyday voice, but with a kind of unslung abandonment that goes rather well with the guitars. It's very good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are mostly shaped in her traditional chord-to-chord method, their melodies looping behind the tempo of the guitars and, for once, in a spirit of uplift.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's touching, witty, and like everything else the Bostonian ever does, brilliant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Commendably, the Bury band's fifth album doesn't see them chasing the mainstream or pandering to the ear of the daytime radio dilettante.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are fluent, tasteful, ghostly and more than a little wistful. Ideally served with morning coffee.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enchanting stuff.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With new recruit Earl Slick on guitar they've made a third reunion album filled with ramshackle glam and girl-group trash, reverberating with street-corner romanticism and hard-won wisdom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are times in this 100-plus minutes of a concert recording duplicated over two CDs and one DVD where you want to jog Mehldau's elbow, but overall it's a triumph of imagination and structure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most rewarding part of this double-disc is the first quarter. Not that the hissy old demos and rarities on the rest of the collection are without their charms. But it's the opening section which really whisks you back to another age.