The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 858 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Minute by Minute
Lowest review score: 20 Banks
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 858
858 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zeffira's facility with reeds, keys and strings ensures constantly interesting textural shifts, while the combination of Badwan's imperious, Scott Walker-esque baritone and Zeffira's varied vocal stylings recalls not just Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra but even the effervescent charm of The B-52s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a songwriter, Steve Earle is blessed with two apparently contradictory gifts: the ability to animate fictional lives, and a streak of cussed, lefty sincerity that gives bite to his truth-telling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Stone Rollin', he broadens his outlook to take in various other R&B styles, without shifting more than a few years either way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Smother finds Wild Beasts hurdling that difficult third album with some aplomb.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still suffused with a retro 1960s vibe, but this time the garage-pop influences prevail, with a sizeable side-order of psychedelia courtesy of the edgy West Coast lead guitar that streaks tracks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Norah Jones and Jack White sing on three tracks apiece, respectively languid and predatory, the end result being a short but perfectly-formed portal to a different state of musical mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's an ease and comfort about the songs that suggests they fell into place naturally, rather than suffering endless alterations; and the band seem content to let them breathe and take on a life of their own, rather than freight them with unnecessary adornment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Circuital opens with a gong and orchestral fanfare, appropriately so for what may be My Morning Jacket's best album.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The UK edition of their debut has three extra tracks recorded in a church, which damps things even further. But there is still much to enjoy here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hip young American male/female duo Cults look to classic 1960s pop history for the 11 bite-sized pop nuggets of this impressive debut.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever their origin [his guitars], he manages to wrestle compelling riffs from them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As on A&M's albums, he's captured the trio's charm and lightness of spirit within infectious grooves built around Sam's cyclical acoustic guitar riffs, with the individual raps supported by their warm, uplifting harmonies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dave Alvin's latest album may be his best yet, its tales of the flipside of the American Dream set to gritty blues riffs that speak of long months on the road.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This tribute compilation ranges far and wide accordingly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether The Horrors will willingly pursue that same trajectory to its logical conclusion seems doubtful, but for now Skying finds them breaking free of old bindings, eyes set on the wild blue yonder.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure here seeks to extend his Malian musical heritage beyond the country's borders, by collaborating with American musicians on several tracks--though never obscuring the native essence of his style.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a pervasive haunted sense of loss and melancholy that links these 16 tracks together, giving Dedication a depth and elegance not often found in more dance-focused dubstep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, it has a radiant, marvellous sound.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Switching smoothly between contemporary classical orchestrations, big-band jazz and operatic chorale, the results are frequently breathtaking in their audacity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's surely destined to become one of the voices of the year, while her accomplices' subtle confections of minimal electro throbs and stripped-back beats has an alluring simplicity that's like a refreshing, palate-cleansing sorbet.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An impressive debut, albeit one light on lyrical depth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moreover, Newman never sounds more quintessentially Newman than when experienced, as here, alone at the piano, with the lyrical intricacies and ironies of his songs dependent on just his laconic delivery and trenchant accompaniment for their effect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most pungent aroma rising from Juju's avant-jazz dub-trance grooves is that of a funkier Mahavishnu Orchestra.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys co-producing, Olive has captured the flavour of 1960s Brit-blues on the cusp of spreading into druggier, more exploratory areas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the further Wilson gets from his heroes, the better he gets.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Laura Marling continues to impress on her third outing, though the transatlantic influences are becoming more apparent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thea Gilmore's 70th birthday tribute takes the form of re-recording her favourite Dylan album in its entirety, triggered by her acclaimed 2002 cover of "I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine", which sustains its solemnity despite the inclusion of congas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are some of the most engaging songs he's written, with beguiling melodies wrapped around typically gnomic lyrics, and little undue instrumental indulgence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    CSS's La Liberacion offers a much more serviceable blend of their original X-Ray Spex-style doughty amateurism with their slicker, sleeker electropop self.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The skirling electric guitars have been replaced by acoustic instruments which, allied to the ageless, weary but unbowed character of Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's voice, enhances further the bluesy nature of their music.