The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 847 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Popular Problems
Lowest review score: 20 Sticks + Stones
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 847
847 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Tweedy’s arrangements are the soul of discretion, employing the merest suggestions of rhythm and texture to show Staples’ iconic voice to best advantage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A new punk classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anthony Hamilton provides another [highlight], bringing a gospelly spirit to “Gently” Elsewhere, Raphael Saadiq and Gary Clark Jr lend their talents to the great party groove “Fun”.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The follow-on to their beloved titular 2009 debut finds Duckworth and Lewis exploring further aspects of the beautiful game, from its amateur enjoyability and levelling qualities to the euphonious variety of its argot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs on Me Moan are steeped in sinister intimations of bad desires, wanderlust and dark secrets, essayed with varying degrees of intelligibility over arrangements that mostly eschew the commonplace.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a masterful set, stuffed with brooding, industrial-synth beats.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty doesn't try to rein in Blumberg's more abstruse inclinations, but finds ways of unveiling their strange beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the most simple, directly dance-oriented they've been since Disco, putting down a marker for the rest of the album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hawthorne's muse is steeped in '70s influences--notably falsetto and symphonic-soul giants like Curtis Mayfield and Barry White, while trailing threads of piercing lead guitar through songs like “Wine Glass Woman” and “Corsican Rose” bring to mind Ernie Isley's work on “Summer Breeze”.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Former Hüsker Dü drummer/songwriter Grant Hart exhibits huge ambition on The Argument.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It offers an engagement with the notion of music as a lived obsession that far outstrips their mostly meagre intentions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Martin Simpson applies his dazzling fingerstyle technique to a broad range of material.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blixa Bargeld's collaboration with Italian composer Teho Teardo finds him in fine fettle on a group of typically sardonic songs set to unusual string and electronic arrangements performed with The Balanescu Quartet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If mutant garage-psychedelia is your thing, then Aussie quintet Pond's Hobo Rocket should have your head spinning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shadow of Seventies Krautrock looms large over Danish psych-rockers Pinkunoizu, judging by The Drop, their splendidly kosmische second album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Warp and Weft, Laura Veirs delivers her most satisfying set of songs since Carbon Glacier, but here, the arrangements devised by Veirs and her partner/producer Tucker Martine are so much more expansive and illuminating, creating a rich tapestry of ideas and idioms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a set of gripping, euphoric grooves carrying raps that indicate a new-found maturity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally, maverick genius Sly Stone receives due respect in this four-disc retrospective, as the leader of rock's first multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-genre band.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through 14 tracks, Jordan and Harley offer a fast-talking, witty and well-meaning account of day-to-day life for sharp-eyed British youth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    AM
    A significant improvement on both Humbug and Suck It and See, suggesting they’ve found a more satisfying rapprochement with the classic rock that tends to come with the territory over there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The delicate guitar and piano figures and the sombre languor of strings behind Alison Goldfrapp’s breathy vocals create something akin to a cross between the dreamlike mythopoeism of old folk tales and the lush cinematic arrangements of Michel Legrand.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s one dizzying burst of energy after another.