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 Inspiration Information/Wings of Love
Lowest review score: 20 Born Villain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 843
843 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The chief virtue is the immediacy that courses through tracks like “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” and “Fall of the Star High School Running Back”.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like their Discovery LP which laid fresh pathways for pop and dance in 2001, Random Access Memories breathes life into the safe music that dominates today’s charts, with its sheer ambition.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bouger Le Monde offers a celebration of life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only did they change the course of rock music; they also sustained an inspired creativity for almost two decades, something that the career arc of this retrospective brings into focus, right down to the Bacharach-esque touches of the final unreleased tracks, which pleasingly bring things full-circle in certain ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On what may be her best album, Polly Harvey offers a portrait of her homeland as a country built on bloodshed and battle, not so much a police state as a nation in thrall to military endeavour, however impotent and wasteful that has become.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Truly, the album of a lifetime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a masterful set, stuffed with brooding, industrial-synth beats.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a dark, steamy sound that comes crawling from the Louisiana swamp like a mean-tempered 'gator.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    “Wanderlust” establishes the overall thematic impulse to live culturally beyond one’s means, but in practice this can lead to the preference for smarts over suitability that spoils a track like “A Dog’s Life”. But there are moments of greatness here and there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Inspiration Information [is] repackaged with an extra disc of pieces recorded since then, which show his abilities undiminished by age.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It retains their signature blend of folk-rock songcraft and miasmic guitar-drone textures, but in a more purposive manner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's long (nearly 100 minutes), strange, disturbing, uncomfortable, challenging. But it never fails to fascinate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is a lush, immersive work which is sonically more homogeneous than her earlier albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Paul Simon's ruminations here on love, age and encroaching mortality have a valedictory flavour about them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite restlessly exploring hitherto untrodden musical terrain, there are precious few wasted seconds in these three hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes triumphantly deliver on the promise of their popular debut, the album that helped establish folk-rock once again as a formidable commercial force rather than just a fringe interest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the truest, wisest albums you’ll ever hear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a maturity about Rumer's delivery that sets her apart from all the Duffys and Adeles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Smother finds Wild Beasts hurdling that difficult third album with some aplomb.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck augments his usual reedy Americana stylings with some unexpected developments on Muchacho.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    if it is to be his last communiqué, at least the old smoothie's going down swinging.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    White's own voice lacks the character to drive his songs, but Big Inner is a hugely impressive debut nonetheless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For her third album as St. Vincent, Annie Clark has jettisoned the baroque string and woodwind arrangements that marked 2009's Actor, in favour of more direct, guitar-based settings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On this, Gillian Welch's fifth album, the familiar blending of traditional sounds and moods with modern sensibilities is effortlessly sustained through songs like the mordant "The Way It Goes" ("Betsy Johnson bought the farm, stuck a needle in her arm, that's the way that it goes").
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Musically, it's the same kind of electro R&B with which radio is already awash--in large part because it's produced by the same small coterie of hip producers, with Timbaland appearing to take the most prominent role amongst the likes of Detail, Jerome Harmon, Pharrell Williams and Ryan Tedder.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The warm but haunting Trouble Will Find Me will surely cement their accession to the rock mainstream.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not quite godlike, but Yeezus certainly feels like it was created by a higher power.