The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 872 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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Happy People
Lowest review score: 20 The Awakening
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 872
872 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The sort-of-romantic themes and sort-of-funk grooves lend a greater unity than usual, but save for a few tracks, the general impression is of lots of bustling, itchy industry – the scratchy guitars, the scuttling beats, the dying-firework synths – to no particularly attractive end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Laura Marling continues to impress on her third outing, though the transatlantic influences are becoming more apparent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She’s uniquely gifted--one’s only reservation concerns her inclination to pack everything into each track.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's his band's most musically diverse effort.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The air of exultant expectation recollected in tranquility pervades the entire album, with Garvey confiding memories and misgivings to the natural world in "The River" and "The Birds", the latter appointed "the keepers of our secrets", while the former ultimately washes them out to the west-facing sea.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Talk Talk of their era.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This year's version features the usual relaxed jazz-pop grooves, sophisticated horn arrangements and tinder-dry ironic tone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An album that perhaps skips too easily from one style to another for its own good, though there are other sublime moments.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an unashamedly middle-aged affair, from the quietly moving affirmation of devotion in "Two Children" to the comforting reverie of "I Remember You".
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not a party album.
    • 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
    • 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
    AM
    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.