The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 841 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 Kiss Each Other Clean
Lowest review score: 20 London with the Lights On
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 841
841 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The confessional, autobiographical elements that are its strongest aspect also serve as its Achilles' heel: the whole enterprise depends on how fascinated the listener is with Rowland's psyche.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, Overgrown proves that James Blake doesn't need to listen to anyone's advice. He's doing fine already.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lyrically, there's a pervasive fascination with California outsider culture that soon palls, though the troubled relationship excavated in "Marked" suggests a deeper vein of inspiration may yet be mined.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an enchanting snapshot of British rock'n'roll at its moment of greatest revelation, the point at which the Tin Pan Alley production line of ersatz Elvises was rendered utterly obsolete.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Elsewhere, these grand new performances with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra serve to pinion some songs too fixedly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Listen, Whitey! seethes with righteous anger and revolutionary determination.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, WOAPD is devoid of the sly wit of Vile's early material, and consists of mid-paced alt rock, reminiscent of the Dandy Warhols in a coma.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lurking behind the cosmicity, there’s usually a solid pop hook.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s starker and sharper than you might expect--the most pop-conscious piece is a collaboration with Robyn, “Out of the Black”--but it works well on the sinister shuffle of “Spit Three Times” and bleak jitter of “Naked”.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [The] debut album sparkles with invention and throbs with emotion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a break-up album that’s perhaps a touch too unremittingly bleak for the closing resolution of “Another Train” (“I’m moving on, through the past, through the pain, waiting on another train”) to completely convince.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s certainly rare to hear a comeback effort that not only reflects an artist’s own best work, but stands alongside it in terms of quality, as The Next Day does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patti Smith's latest album, her best in a while, is held together by a spine of pieces themed around exploration.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tarpaper Sky finds him relaxed and confident in his craft.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Doyle struggles to balance his various musical elements--the opening 10 minutes is sheer drudgery--he has a nice way with layered vocal harmonies, which deserve more regular exposure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    A significant improvement on both Humbug and Suck It and See, suggesting they’ve found a more satisfying rapprochement with the classic rock that tends to come with the territory over there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But it's Alex Glasgow's lament "Close the Coalhouse Door" that packs the most powerful punch, the cyclical piano like a minimalist murmur behind Becky's poignant delivery.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wood is one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, and rarely on better form than he is with None the Wiser.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a much better album than Sea Change, just as immersive, but wiser and less indulgently wallowing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Along with the anger and regret comes the usual hip-hop baggage of aggrandisement, recrimination and old-school reminiscence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the striking falsetto of Peter Silberman dominating their songs, The Antlers may be America's equivalent of Wild Beasts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are big themes, dealt with imaginatively by a singer and a band both operating at the peak of their powers. Album of the year?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's music that slips between the generic niches favoured by broadcasters; but isn't that exactly where the most interesting music comes from?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Build Me Up from Bones, Sarah Jarosz restores an earthy inventiveness to folk music--despite the violin and cello of her touring bandmates Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith tweaking the bluegrass settings with classical flavours that reflect the singer’s conservatory training
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [There are] some decent moments on this debut album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the Bootleg Series cupboard appears as well-stocked as ever, the value of outtakes from a notoriously weak album (Self Portrait) is debatable, though there are gems among the oddments.