The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 807 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Kiss Each Other Clean
Lowest review score: 20 Stronger
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 807
807 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing too innovative about Timbaland's production, but it's probably as reliable a set of grooves as R&B will spawn this year, custom-tailored to carry the singer's gentle falsetto.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer Ed Buller has given the band a bigger sound that works well on the rolling U2-esque riff to “Barriers”, but parts of the album still sag under expectations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful, blissful melodies are buried in there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wolf's mix of retro soul, moody synths and backwards beats doesn't add up to his masterpiece, but the fan-stalker narrative "Colossus/The Bridge of Love" is his own "Stan".
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, Overgrown proves that James Blake doesn't need to listen to anyone's advice. He's doing fine already.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To the delicate folk of their earlier work has been added a robustness that takes the Brighton-based six-piece in the direction of Blur.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's long (nearly 100 minutes), strange, disturbing, uncomfortable, challenging. But it never fails to fascinate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nomad confirms Bombino's promise, but with a few added surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So long as you're not paying close attention, it's a beguiling enough experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's gimmicky, sure, but also pretty irresistible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well-made mid-American roots-rock by a young Oklahoman, who may harbour legitimate Springsteen/Fogerty fantasies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's dizzying psychedelic country in finest Meat Puppets tradition, full of slightly off-centre harmonies in Grateful Dead manner, and plenty of Kirkwood's swirling, trippy guitar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This debut offering as Snoop Lion has much to recommend it, not least the infectious grooves devised by Diplo's Major Lazer production team.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just when you think it's done, it finds another gear through the ingenious addition of a subtle offbeat that kicks the groove up a notch--the kind of sly, brilliant touch that suggests Rudimental are worthy heirs to the likes of Soul II Soul and Basement Jaxx.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hubcap Music finds Seasick Steve back on form, with an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Light is Primal Scream's best effort in some time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like their Discovery LP which laid fresh pathways for pop and dance in 2001, Random Access Memories breathes life into the safe music that dominates today’s charts, with its sheer ambition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales of a Grasswidow is easily CocoRosie's most satisfying, fully realised work so far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, there's a fresh impetus to Tricky's musical muse that enables his dark imaginings to connect again with beautiful simplicity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's his band's most musically diverse effort.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's quite easy to envisage entire arenas punching the air to songs like these and the pounding “You're Gonna Get It”, one of two tracks featuring Paul Weller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    In expressing all of these [themes] without tumbling into absurdity, it helps to have a klaxon whine like Ozzy's delivering them, while Tony Iommi cranks out those trademark slow, molten-lead riffs that trundle through 13 like tank tracks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Birmingham quartet's debut album bears out the promise of their early singles and Delicious EP.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album packed with Wordsworthian sturm und drang.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A touching, intelligent work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Southeastern finds him working in a more stripped-down manner which focuses attention firmly on his songs. Fortunately, they're brilliant: vivid, multi-faceted tales of souls adrift.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This River is surely the most accomplished album yet from Florida-based songwriter JJ Grey.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not quite godlike, but Yeezus certainly feels like it was created by a higher power.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's always an after-hours, nocturnal experience.