The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 837 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Wrecking Ball
Lowest review score: 20 Dancing Backward in High Heels
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 837
837 music reviews
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    At only nine tracks long, but with every one of them worthy of single status, it displays, as pop albums go, both rare economy and staggering consistency.
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    Produced in understated manner by Tucker Martine, the songs' clean pop lines are revealed with the minimum of decorative detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wareham's fragile delivery imparts an eggshell vulnerability to songs that track contemporary anxieties, such as "The Deadliest Day Since the Invasion Began", but finds its natural home in the lilt of the Incredible String Band's "Air".
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fanfare offers a classy rumination on modern values--albeit something of a conundrum, in being perhaps the most sophisticated celebration of simplicity ever recorded.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most B-sides compilations seem to have been thrown together to fulfill contracts but Dead In The Boot has a form and substance beyond that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Pleasantly undemanding for a few tracks, the album just seems to evaporate away halfway through, as if even its creators couldn't retain interest in it, either.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imaginative and innovative in equal measure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blixa Bargeld's collaboration with Italian composer Teho Teardo finds him in fine fettle on a group of typically sardonic songs set to unusual string and electronic arrangements performed with The Balanescu Quartet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a strangely addictive quality to hearing something quite so aggressively sui generis as this.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's Springsteen territory, occupied with pride in songs like “21st Century Blues” and the elegiac closer “Remember Me”.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's surely destined to become one of the voices of the year, while her accomplices' subtle confections of minimal electro throbs and stripped-back beats has an alluring simplicity that's like a refreshing, palate-cleansing sorbet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s both mesmerically appealing and cacophonously repellent, a paradoxical blend repeated in the shrill, thrumming monotony of “Austerity Blues”.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] strange and compelling work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful, blissful melodies are buried in there.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On their tribute to The Everly Brothers, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy avoid the obvious hits in favour of more unfamiliar items from the brothers' repertoire.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A trio of absorbing driftworks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Opening with urgent triplets, it settles into an elegant braiding of interlaced lines that push the music forward in waves.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fingering and virtuoso touches, the deft harmonics, the subtle string-bends are all delivered with minimal fuss throughout, whether it's a solo piece like the wistful "Dery Miss Grsk", the Bach transposition "Cello Prelude In G", which works so well with his instrument or the jaunty ragtime of "Ugly James".
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rufus Wainwright believes this to be "the most pop album" he's ever made, and he's probably right, so long as you're thinking 1970s pop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Staves are like a distillation of all that's best about the folk heritages of England and America.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tone here is more robust than [Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down's] thoughtful reflections on history and poverty, taking its cue rather from the ribald pillorying of conservatives in tracks like "No Banker Left Behind" and "I Want My Crown".
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a danger of art-rock overload in this alliance of two cerebral music talents, but Love This Giant succeeds remarkably well.