The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 971 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Still
Lowest review score: 20 Banks
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 971
971 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.