The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 807 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Silver & Gold [Boxset]
Lowest review score: 20 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 807
807 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Clearly, these New York math-rockers have yet to learn the values of de- cluttering, with most of these dozen pieces involving furious industry to no great advantage.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An engagingly outre delight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is such an improvement on 2010's enervated One Life Stand that one can only conclude their various sabbatical projects have rejuvenated their creative juices.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's impressive, slick alienation for the Y Generation, but as with Del Rey, it's a one-trick-pony sort of act.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's confessional solipsism, lacking the musical compulsion to make one care.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Electric finds Richard Thompson at his most stripped-down and potent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jim Moray's filtering of traditional folk music through a mesh of modern sensibilities continues on Skulk.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wagner's hesitant delivery is poignantly underscored by Tidwell's more emotive phrasing, while the arrangements of neat picking and weeping fiddle are applied with customary understatement.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zeffira's facility with reeds, keys and strings ensures constantly interesting textural shifts, while the combination of Badwan's imperious, Scott Walker-esque baritone and Zeffira's varied vocal stylings recalls not just Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra but even the effervescent charm of The B-52s.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The three-year gap between albums will ensure this tops next week's album chart, but it's a drab, unrewarding experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes the recurrent mood of ecstatic affirmation of life that's evident in her singing can be short-changed by arrangements that fuss to no great purpose, dissipating their impact in brittle beats and pointless detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's mainly brusque and strident raunch-rock, with an unappealing cajoling tone that virtually dares you not to find the songs clever and the hooks contagious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gently wrought from strands of acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and harp, encountering the genteel Demolished Thoughts after Thurston Moore's more abrasive work with Sonic Youth is akin to hearing Paris 1919 after John Cale's rampaging Velvet Underground period.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a swansong, it's as fine as might be expected given the circumstances.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's a familiar elemental tone to the Dirty Three's latest album – except this time the oceanic influence is replaced by snow and sky and rain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well-made mid-American roots-rock by a young Oklahoman, who may harbour legitimate Springsteen/Fogerty fantasies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Wrecking Ball is] unquestionably his most potent album so far this century.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sun
    On [Cat Power] Marshall has changed direction yet again, abandoning her soul charm for something much less appealing.... But her natural grace shines through on "3, 6, 9"... and "Ruin."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gudmundur Kristinn Jónsson's production envelops Asgeir's fragile gifts in delicately wrought arrangements.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Go-Go Boots is the promised "R&B Murder Ballad Album" recorded concurrently with last year's The Big To-Do, and it's every bit as good as that description suggests.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anthony Hamilton provides another [highlight], bringing a gospelly spirit to “Gently” Elsewhere, Raphael Saadiq and Gary Clark Jr lend their talents to the great party groove “Fun”.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The pair have weaved Anderson's songs together with various ambient elements--traffic noise, birdsong, the tinkle of teacups on saucers--to create a song-cycle that illuminates the exceptional in the everyday.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mindset is short by Necks standards--just two tracks of 22 minutes each--but it is typically involving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The engaging mood is further enhanced by Condon's baffling but beautiful lyrics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Comprising equal parts Stones raunch and REM-style country-rock, songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are working at the peak of their powers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Produced in understated manner by Tucker Martine, the songs' clean pop lines are revealed with the minimum of decorative detail.