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 Nothing Is Wrong
Lowest review score: 20 London with the Lights On
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 843
843 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The group have been around for well over a year without arousing much of a stir, and the monumentally tedious poesie-rock of Violet Cries offers few hints that this should change.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It lacks both unity and quality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An unmitigated disaster.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    there's ultimately nothing distinctive here to grab the imagination. The singer has obviously modelled his every inflection on Bono, and the guitarist likewise over-employs Edge-style arpeggiated riffs; but they lack U2's broader ambition and sense of purpose.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Strident guitars and harmonies tug one's sleeve, eager for attention they don't merit, while the lyrics seem to be about nothing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The songs are mostly just nondescript airwave fodder, clogging up the aether for months to come.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Despite the references to Nietzsche and Einstein, which suggest a cachet Stronger doesn't deserve, this is simply an overlong string of standard putdown R&B and bogus emotional turmoil, the songs blitzed with generic power-ballad overkill.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    the only real flashes of character come from the reworked riffs of Old Neneh Cherry and Ann Peebles hits used on a couple of tracks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Olly Murs might have a lovely on-screen personality, but only the merest glimmers of character are allowed to shine through the swaddling retro-pop arrangements of In Case You Didn't Know.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If he tried to find something he liked, he might actually make something worth listening to.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Some of the dullest music released all year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This solo album is stuffed with aloof, adolescent apocalyptism and self-regard set to lumpy, mechanistic beats and cluttered arrangements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Innovation, clearly, is not the highest of their priorities. In truth, everything comes a distant second to style.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    London with the Lights On is pretty thin fare, with too many tracks collapsing under the weight of excess sass.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Now, it appears to have been reduced to simply a checklist of familiar sounds and effects, harnessed to the dullest beats imaginable, and dependent on outside collaborators for interest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The only new aspect of this follow-up to 2011’s On a Mission is her transatlantic phrasing; otherwise, it’s pretty much the same old thing, with pulsing dubstep synths relentlessly driving things to the lowest common denominator.