The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 843 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 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage: 1982-2011
Lowest review score: 20 Exile
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 843
843 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
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    Part of its success is due to Stevens' uniquely ambivalent position, at once ingenious and ingenuous.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Truly, the album of a lifetime.
    • 80 Metascore
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    With results both as pleasurable, as inventive and as absorbing as these, there seems no danger that the impact of {Awayland} will be merely momentary.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Centralia is by far the most satisfying release to date by the Brooklyn-based minimalist post-rock duo Mountains.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are big themes, dealt with imaginatively by a singer and a band both operating at the peak of their powers. Album of the year?
    • 99 Metascore
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    It remains one of pop's most impervious generational touchstones.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It’s certainly rare to hear a comeback effort that not only reflects an artist’s own best work, but stands alongside it in terms of quality, as The Next Day does.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Roth fits Hunter like a glove, bringing out the warmth of his brass section and framing his raw voice in perfectly judged R&B arrangements that spark and bounce.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Kouyate's electrification of his ngoni lute is just as effective a sign of resistance: fed through a wah-wah pedal, his serpentine, fleet-fingered lead lines gain a fresh, assertive power on songs.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Inspiration Information [is] repackaged with an extra disc of pieces recorded since then, which show his abilities undiminished by age.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The warm but haunting Trouble Will Find Me will surely cement their accession to the rock mainstream.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Once I Was an Eagle is a work that demands to be taken as a whole, another reminder of the peculiar power of the album form, despite frequent premature declarations of its redundancy.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Wood is one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, and rarely on better form than he is with None the Wiser.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It's music that slips between the generic niches favoured by broadcasters; but isn't that exactly where the most interesting music comes from?
    • 80 Metascore
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    It reveals a broader musical and emotional palette than they've exposed before.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The singer has matched Bernie Taupin's best crop of lyrics for years with his own most emotively apt melodies to produce a collection that both harks back to the intrigues and interests of his earliest recordings, yet manages to break new ground, quite an achievement for an artist in his sixth decade.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's simply marvellous, an unalloyed joy from first to last, with Robbie Robertson's finely wrought storytelling songs augmented by a few well-chosen covers.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Fascinating, enjoyable and original.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Though already condemned by Van himself, there's much to appreciate about this 4-CD expanded edition of one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It's fascinating to follow the development of a track such as "Caravan" across half a dozen takes.
    • 95 Metascore
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    It's an extraordinary collection, which demonstrates exactly why Guthrie was perhaps the only performer who could square the circle pointedly implied by the title American Radical Patriot.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's an enchanting snapshot of British rock'n'roll at its moment of greatest revelation, the point at which the Tin Pan Alley production line of ersatz Elvises was rendered utterly obsolete.
    • 66 Metascore
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    If it's not quite the jump from Bob Dylan to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, it's the closest recent equivalent, a prodigious rate of development for such a tyro talent, all the more remarkable for not being reliant on significant musical progression, so much as raw songwriting ability.
    • 85 Metascore
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    One of the truest, wisest albums you’ll ever hear.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Comprising equal parts Stones raunch and REM-style country-rock, songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are working at the peak of their powers.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Caustic Love may be the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker.
    • 72 Metascore
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    There’s an ever-expanding diversity of appeal to Turn Blue that should win new fans and please the faithful.
    • 76 Metascore
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    At only nine tracks long, but with every one of them worthy of single status, it displays, as pop albums go, both rare economy and staggering consistency.
    • 87 Metascore
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    FKA Twigs emerges the high priestess of R&B's latest corruption, and the world will kneel at the altar.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Popular Problems--note the drolly contradictory title--finds his agreeable baritone growl applied as usual to romantic disappointment and political venality with vivid, jolting metaphors (“I see the ghost of culture, with numbers on his wrist”) cutting to the quick.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Technically unimpeachable, the layered harmonies of songs such as "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" and "The Holly And The Ivy" are rendered with razor-sharp precision, though there's a stridency to her delivery on some pieces.