The Independent on Sunday (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 789 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Young Man In America
Lowest review score: 20 Last Night on Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 789
789 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most perfect suite of music recorded in my lifetime.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are four CDs' worth but it's enormously rewarding, like mid-period Miles Davis playing Ligeti.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Interesting to see that a few of the unused songs from the period (1978) push the released material for quality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stapleton's writing for this recording, satisfies on every level.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "I wanted", Ocean wrote, "to create worlds that were rosier than mine. I tried to channel overwhelming emotions." Mission accomplished, and then some.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This may well be Henriksen’s most approachable album--certainly for people coming to him for the first time--and even the semi-commercial breakthrough he deserves. It is also absolutely sublime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It starts nervily and there's some creative recycling of motifs, but once he builds up a head of steam the force is truly with him.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The end result is a tense, powerful and emotive piece of work.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Annie Clark’s fourth album is frequently extraordinary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a band for fans of Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker and Nick Cave who wondered where their next great love was coming from...it's already here.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A good “deluxe” remaster job will do at least two things: one, it’ll strip away centuries of digital compression and make the music sound as if you’ve never heard it properly before; two, it’ll include additional material that gives insight into how the finished work was shaped. Moondance delivers on both counts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Porter has made the best vocal album in an age.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bad As Me is as good as it gets.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simon Green, aka Bonobo, has created a beguiling and compelling narrative.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This one's a beauty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buckinghamshire band SBP return for their third album with a far more complex musical palette.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What comes across most is the sheer unbridled enthusiasm expressed in the complex, racing rhythms, squalling sax solos, twanging electric guitar and crooning vocals.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    MBV leaves all other post-rock experimentalists looking like trivial dilettantes. If jet engines could sing, these would be their hymns.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their 12th album covers all points from brutality to beauty in pursuit of epiphanies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album which makes you feel warm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rokia rocks, and it's a fine and bracing thing to hear.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Catchy yet abrasive, noisy yet intimate, kind of funny yet also kind of scary, this is post-pop at its most vertiginously original.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her self-produced fourth album executes another dramatic confidence leap.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mood of uplifting-melancholia survives and this time out Vernon needs no dramatic backstory. Clearly, his is a talent that loves company as much as it loves misery.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marvellous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything is great.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of this adds up to something very special indeed.
    • The Independent on Sunday (UK)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For once all that languorous muck is refreshing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's close to the best of all music I know.... A second CD of later, unreleased material with some genuine gold among the dross.