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 Love This Giant
Lowest review score: 20 Kisses on the Bottom
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 786
786 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Parker's music is approached from a post-Coltrane, post-free jazz aesthetic, with the rhythmic edginess of bebop elided into an all-the-time-in-the-world fluidity. A masterpiece.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most perfect suite of music recorded in my lifetime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of this adds up to something very special indeed.
    • The Independent on Sunday (UK)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To the relief of anyone who carries a torch for the reclusive genius, it's a beauty.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A delicious hybrid of Portishead and Nancy Sinatra.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most vibrant, organic and energy infused African hip-hop debut since K'naan's The Dusty Foot Philosopher.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marvellous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But where Learning drifted into the ether, this captivating follow-up thrives off harnessing his fragile sensibility to fulsome melodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Always may well be the Californians' finest yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Porter has made the best vocal album in an age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you like smart pop and are not familiar, hearing Bird for the first time will feel like discovering a new planet.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wonderful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a rather beautiful thing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The eighth Marilyn Manson album features some of his finest lyrics yet and, musically, it often approaches the heyday of Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fear Fun is the kind of album that can name-check Sartre, Heidegger and Neil Young in the same song.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Words and Music, the first full studio album in an aeon from Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, is a masterclass of pop theory and practice in perfect harmony.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stapleton's writing for this recording, satisfies on every level.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most compelling Spanish album I've heard in ages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ODIGTS is the soul album of the century. It might yet turn out to be the album of the year
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hot Cakes is a rock-solid home win from the band who still do feelgood hard rock better than anyone alive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A genuine classic, in fact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The world adored the xx's Mercury Prize-winning debut album xx. Coexist is, if anything, an even finer piece of work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Love This Giant is a skewed and funky instant classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In every sense, Theatre Is Evil sounds like a million dollars.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's not a duff track or dull moment in this 75 minutes of studio material.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are four CDs' worth but it's enormously rewarding, like mid-period Miles Davis playing Ligeti.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's that rare commodity: an album to immerse yourself in and spend time with, both things no one does any more.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything is great.