The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 848 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Wrecking Ball
Lowest review score: 20 Dancing Backward in High Heels
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 848
848 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Wretch's determination to find success by finding his own voice that's most impressive here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As on the splendid West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Kasabian talk a good fight with Velociraptor--and if the results don't quite bear out the bluster, that's probably more a reflection of the excellence of its predecessor than a measure of its own shortcomings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it's not quite the landmark that was Wilco (the album), it's not far behind, as absorbing as any you'll hear this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a more considered and persuasive analysis than most of his younger, grimier peers can offer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    He's a bona fide hitmaker with a colossal YouTube following, working in the argot and style of his own generation
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their 14th studio album finds the Indigo Girls operating as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the communal sentiment underlying such ostensibly personal heartache that gives Williams's songs much of their power, that draws the listener in as an emotional fellow-traveller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shorty here offers an explosive blend of funk, blues and jazz.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Earth Division finds Mogwai in unusually calm and engaging mood, its four tracks for the most part eschewing their trademark surging post-rock in favour of a lighter, more reflective approach.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Björk and Longstreth sharing lead vocals, and instrumental contributions pared back to just a few drones and pulses, the result is a fascinating evocation of Orcan existence, implicitly acknowledging the entire planet as a home.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Proving that it is possible to have too much of a good thing, the five discs of this outtakes-and-all edition take the (let's be honest) rather meager delights of Brian Wilson's unfinished "masterwork" and wring the life out of them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Summer Camp's long-awaited debut album seethes with updated teen angst set to engaging electropop grooves.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Set to light, sparkling arrangements of banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, concertina, twanging mouth-bow and comically honking horns, these songs are populated with a bucolic menagerie of foxes, dogs, birds and little horsies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a swansong, it's as fine as might be expected given the circumstances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a while on this overlong album, he brings something new to the usual hip-hop parade of brandy and bitches, lasciviousness and loyalty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vastly talented, he brings rare articulacy to the thorny subject of black self-image, particularly the problem of breaking down the barrier of ghetto authenticity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Norwegian singer Ane Brun's quietly involving music occupies a spectral space in which her delicate, tremulous voice reveals shared intimacies with a rare poise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's all as ludicrous, graceless and unlovely as the "sport" it hymns, yet there's an anachronistic boot-boy charm to Haines's depiction of the milieu that's genuinely affecting, as well as amusing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album plays to her strengths, as befits a woman who has sustained a career as producer of, among others, Joss Stone's breakthrough sessions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Markedly different [from Dedication] in intent, a much lighter affair lacking the somewhat sombre, haunted mood of that valedictory record.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 15 pieces sketch an entire world of music, coloured by the locale, and shifting between the smoothly lyrical and the propulsive rhythmic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A typically diverse collection.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring a blend of standards and originals spiced with judicious covers of sometimes obscure indie tracks, it manages to sustain a mood and attitude throughout without offering too many hostages to homogeneity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first line of the first song encapsulates the adolescent angst which blossomed over and over throughout the band's career, with varying degrees of wit, empathy, contempt and self-pity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the sense of space that grips one's attention, sometimes just flecks of sound, like snowflakes in darkness, create a sense of brooding unease.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a work with greater resonance and presence, which might secure her mainstream success.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    if it is to be his last communiqué, at least the old smoothie's going down swinging.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With feelgood lyrics of fellowship allied to pulsing electro twitches, Sister Bliss-style piano vamps, sample fragments and sunrise synthscapes, there's a flavour of The Beloved to "Warm & Easy" and "Bear Hug."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ani DiFranco's first album in three years finds the self-proclaimed Righteous Babe in feisty, thoughtful form.