The Line of Best Fit's Scores

  • Music
For 1,003 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Overgrown
Lowest review score: 30 Blonde
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 1003
1,003 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In 1996, The Fugees set the whole urban blues thing in motion with The Score. With a work of such stark emotional beauty, Blake has picked up the torch once again with Overgrown.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They’ve pulled off possibly the most intelligent, involving and profound record since OK Computer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Anyone actively looking for flaws in Lost In The Dream, the exquisite new album from The War On Drugs, is quite frankly listening to the album wrong. And at any rate, they simply won’t find any, no matter how hard they search.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like all great works of art, Illmatic isn’t just about the story it tells; it provides us with a fully-fledged character study of the genius behind it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It might be the most accessible Swans album yet. The long stretches of abstract noise are draped over some surprisingly catchy hooks. A few moments might even qualify as singalong road trip anthems.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s going to be hard for Albini, Weston and Trainer to ever top what we find on Dude Incredible. Worthy of filing alongside and above At Action Park and 1000 Hurts, it’s the sound of one of the great bands at the height of their powers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Sunn O))) at their most playful, and Scott at his most enjoyable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s not just that all seven albums are of serious musical worth; together, as the Sleater-Kinney back catalogue, they feel like they have some genuine historical value, too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Experimental yet built on superb songwriting, fresh and surprising but still somehow recognisably a Bad Seeds record, the amount of innovation and inspiration found on Push The Sky Away proves that Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds must still care an awful lot about this rock ‘n’ roll stuff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Images Du Futur is exciting in a way that few albums manage to be, dangerous and compelling like a first cigarette or fumbled sexual encounter, and nothing here quite seems real.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If You Leave is staggeringly beautiful from beginning to close, a catharsis that’s both bracing and woozily amniotic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Despite the level of fastidiousness that’s standard to Daft Punk, Random Access Memories still sounds loose. The album doesn’t feel synthetic or disingenuous, as it perhaps should. So perhaps these two are cooler than anyone you know.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s simply not a wasted second on the record; all fourteen songs are simple and direct, immediately recorded in inglorious mono with nothing--save the cheap Casio autochord presets on ‘Blues in Dallas’--but voice, guitar and the album’s secret third instrument--the insistent hum of an increasingly-broken boombox.... The main draw of this reissue for hardened Mountain Goats fans, an obsessive breed at the best of times, are Darnielle’s new liner notes and a selection of seven bonus tracks from the same era.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Incredibly enduring and undeniably influential, Anthology is a culmination of everything that prevails from this often omitted, golden era of music.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Never a note wasted, nothing done without a reason, they were, and will always be Bedhead as good a guitar band as you’ll ever hear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music on Big Inner is so wondrous that it seems entirely obvious that we’ll always find that peace, joy and contentment in music rather than anywhere else.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a great record. Talk Normal are clearly indebted to the foundations of post-punk and no wave, but crucially they never feel like a throwback.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arc
    Everything Everything have their cake and they’re eating it too--Arc proves that they can keep their zany shade of indie and still be taken very seriously.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This second album is less of a record than an experience. You truly get a sense of cosmic alignment here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It triumphs not as a continuation of a musical conversation that Isn’t Anything and Loveless began, but by forging its own distinct modern dialogue, one that at once sounds rooted in its own imaginative time and place, perhaps even dimension, with any telling outside influences dissipating as soon as the songs truly take their pleasurable hold.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It can be powerfully sweet, but it’s never twee. It’s often busy, but never cluttered. Flowers is, put simply, a beautiful album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Next Day is very, very good. Purposefully good--the work of someone who seemingly knew that if he was going to come back at all, it had to be with something blessed with brilliance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On The Invisible Way Sparhawk has managed the rare trick of rendering that language not only intelligible but lustrous and attractive to even the staunchest naysayer while simultaneously steering his band around a fresh and perhaps uncharted musical turn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wondrous Bughouse is a delicious collage: provocative, allusive and consistently engaging.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wolf is both a departure and a refinement for Tyler, combining his best traits in such a way as to nearly eliminate his weaknesses.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That the new stuff doesn’t make you pine for the comforting certainties of early solo classics à la ‘Naked as We Came’ at all is a sign of just what a successful evolution Ghost on Ghost is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Haw
    This time around, however, the influences are mashed together more thoroughly, creating a uniquely rich stew where country, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, folk and more exotic influences mingle freely.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Savages own a gravitas, a brooding confidence and effortless cool, that no matter how cynical or wary of pretentiousness you are, will be suck you in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kveikur is a record you play for the sheer catharsis of it--a work of art to plug into when grey buildings and greyer skies tower too densely around you, and you wish for nothing more than to close your eyes and feel the terrible greatness of nature swallow you up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II
    In other words, Moderat have stepped up to the plate and then some.