The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 1,372 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 LP1
Lowest review score: 20 London with the Lights On
Score distribution:
1372 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A resounding, bitter corrective to the pleasureland fantasies of modern R&B pop and the empty braggadocio of hip-hop clichés, Key Markets may be one of the year’s emblematic albums.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [There are] some decent moments on this debut album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Weller’s magpie tendencies pay dividends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unsurprisingly, it’s not a pretty sound, though there are moments of transcendent grace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nichols’ explanation of its development--starting out in the mould of country legends The Stanley Brothers, but metamorphosing through exposure to Malian desert-blues master Ali Farka Toure--reveals the blend of influences his music subtly weaves together.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the Bootleg Series cupboard appears as well-stocked as ever, the value of outtakes from a notoriously weak album (Self Portrait) is debatable, though there are gems among the oddments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blessed with clear, characterful voices, employed in beautifully modulated, bell-like harmonies, the Söderbergs find beauty in the bleakness of mortality and the cyclical nature of things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like Randy Newman, the Mael brothers have a knack for voicing the hopes and regrets of diverse, sometimes unsympathetic characters; and the latitude afforded by their operatic arrangements allows them to add commentary in real time, like an instrumental Greek chorus.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Movingly prefaced by Gillian Anderson reading the novelist’s suicide note, its gently absorbing string undulations, with a faintly keening soprano occasionally audible amongst the oceanic swells, bring fiction and real life together in a deep, powerful manner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That could stand as a motto for the album: this is music seeking to let in the light.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feist here cements her position as the poster-girl for intimate US indie rock, with songs that peel back the skin of the human condition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's tasteful but a touch bloodless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The predatory, hypnotic swamp grooves that have been Tony Joe White’s stock-in-trade throughout his career lend a magical backwoods bayou ambience to the nine tracks of Rain Crow, on which his peculiar songcraft and grizzled Woodbine baritone conjure up gripping regional narratives.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a pleasing congruence between the way that the surreal invades the ordinary in Rennie Sparks’s lyrics, and the way that Brett Sparks’ voice and music illuminates that invasion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its classical and avant-garde stylings and Clementine’s sometimes queasily operatic delivery, I Tell A Fly won’t be to everyone’s taste--which in this era of increasing conformity may be its most valuable asset.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heart, ultimately, is the key to a project which links personal, small-scale disturbances of loneliness and homesickness with broader concerns of population density and ecological sustainability.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s barely a moment on Distance Inbetween that doesn’t ooze new-found strength and inspiration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Carter Girl reaffirms Carlene Carter’s role as scion of country music’s leading family through a mixture of Carter Family classics and original material, plus shaky duets with Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The secret is their infallible way with a tune: tracks such as "Get Away" and the single "Georgia" possess a beguiling melodic charm that illuminates the lo-fi boy/girl vocal delivery of Blumberg and his sister Ilana, bringing uplift where once all might have been gloom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Realised here in more expressive interpretations, and interspersed with poems read by her daughter, the actress Gabrielle Drake, these songs are full of acute observations, deft allusions and metaphors, and the subtlest of emotional revelations, wielded with an English restraint redolent with the aromas of freshly-mowed lawns and cucumber sandwiches.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These dozen visceral tableaux of modern life are shot through with flashes of gallows humour and offhand absurdity that tempers the overall vision of a "newborn hell" peopled by "dumb Brits."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout this intensely poetic, introspective album, currents of guilt, regret and resolution battle in quiet turbulence, the group’s trademark harmonies and acoustic folk settings augmented with additional sonic strata.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Henry's stubbled delivery pitched somewhere between Randy Newman and Tom Waits as he negotiates the galumphing waltz "Strung" and the ramshackle cakewalk groove "Sticks & Stones", which best exemplifies the album's mythopoeic blues mode.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s all too controlled and unambitious; and just aping Dylan’s wheeze doesn’t make it any more intriguing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where previous albums had been bland landfill electro-pop rendered even more indistinguishable through her heavily autotuned vocals, Rainbow offers a range of approaches, from pop and R&B to country and funk, applied to material that brings greater depth to her characteristic sassy attitude.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sweet Heart Sweet Light is infused with an uplifting lust for life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band have retained their brusque character but it’s less ponderous than before, with several tracks taken at an unfeasibly rapid tempo; while Ronson has brought production clarity and a punchy funk sensibility that transforms QOTSA’s trademark robot-rock rhythms into something much more dynamic and danceable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album packed with Wordsworthian sturm und drang.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's been a long time coming, and all the more welcome for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it all comes together, with the sinuous, haunting grace of "Near Death Experience Experience" or the jaunty élan of "Danse Carribe", the results more than justify the sometimes obtuse methods.