The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 852 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 Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Stronger
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 852
852 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ani DiFranco's first album in three years finds the self-proclaimed Righteous Babe in feisty, thoughtful form.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The backdrops feature dark sheets of strings and organ, the occasional lonely trumpet, and lumpy, superstitious drums driving the menacing Western mythos to its doom: not a forgiving place, but an engrossing one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The arrangements on Barry Adamson's latest album seem more restrained than usual, his jazz-noir ambitions trimmed to a blues-funk palette of bass and drum grooves carrying Hammond organ or piano parts, with just the occasional solo horn part.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her best album in about a decade.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Rose's harmonies that make the album special: warm and breathy, they seem to sidle gently into position, rather than cut with razor precision.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not as immediately career-defining as Wake Up the Nation, there's no denying that with Sonik Kicks, Paul Weller is continuing the courageous, exploratory course established on 2008's 22 Dreams.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantom Limb have refined their sound further to more clearly occupy the kind of country-soul territory once inhabited by the likes of Dobie Gray and The Staple Singers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's mix of intelligence and drive, and their blend of guitar, accordion, organ and violin, echoes Arcade Fire. Certainly, Colin Meloy's songs have a comparable ambition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most potent and inventive electronica album I've heard in ages, a masterclass in punchy bleepscaping right from the low-register throb that opens "Lowly".
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the second listen, it's somehow found its place in one's affections, despite its lack of obvious hooks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's not in doubt is how faithfully he's stuck to the core deep-soul verities, with a delivery that vaults from spoken sermonising to raw, impassioned hurt in an instant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sweet Heart Sweet Light is infused with an uplifting lust for life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MDNA represents a determined, no-nonsense restatement of the Madonna brand.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all comes together more fruitfully on the ensuing "Hey, Shooter." [...] From there, it gets more fecund than ever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This ability to tiptoe between opposing positions brings a pleasing depth and grain to some of her songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With her delivery tacking impressively between sweet and smoky, "On the Road" recalls what happened when the Kind of Blue influence hit the likes of Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a dark, steamy sound that comes crawling from the Louisiana swamp like a mean-tempered 'gator.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken together, the results demonstrate how adeptly Amadou & Mariam straddle both local and global, with a truly "world" music that deserves mainstream chart success rather than niche appreciation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshingly non-dogmatic take on retro musical styles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's delivered with Bonnie's trademark kindly swagger, although her best performances here are probably the brace of covers from Dylan's Time out of Mind, "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway", on which Frisell's tiny vibrato glimmer wields a subtle power to match her quiet passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pair dovetail beautifully on the mostly traditional ballads and work-songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Blunderbuss, he's stumbled into some nasty business. These are songs of ruthless temptresses and treacherous men, of uncontrollable desire and unbearable guilt.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Standouts include a heartbreaking cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and the haunting murmur of "More".
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's always an ingenious, often unexpected, connection linking the music to the mood of a specific song.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Liberally spattered with sonic exclamation marks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a maturity about Rumer's delivery that sets her apart from all the Duffys and Adeles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Richard Hawley has upped his game considerably on his first album for Parlophone, leaving behind his urbane, rockabilly-tinged retro-nuevo style for a full-blooded immersion in ringing psychedelic rock. It's totally unexpected, and completely winning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Waterhouse's own voice is slightly under-recorded, but the musical settings--the understated Telecaster twang, the honking horns, the rumbling tom-toms--always churn with the right degree of roadhouse charm.