The Observer (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 785 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Monomania
Lowest review score: 20 Collections
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 785
785 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [The album] is an intriguing work: dark, seductive and as hard to pin down as its creator.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcome to Condale doesn't fetishise the past, its love-gone-wrong lyrics and snatches of chillwave lending Summer Camp a sound that is theirs alone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By turns eerie and starkly beautiful, Replica rewards repeated listening.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If… is a joy, its 10 mostly instrumental tracks proving both intimate and powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a downer, but timely and affecting, with moments of beauty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's bonkers and frequently brilliant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not wild hyperbole to say that he might be the finest master of his craft alive today.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unashamedly uplifting songs about working hard and loving music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    75 tracks from as many artists, ranging from the trad (Pete Townshend's "Corrina, Corrina", the upbeat old-time of Carolina Chocolate Drops' "Political World") to the rad (Sussan Deyhim's "All I Really Want to Do", Ke$ha's pleasingly pared "Don't Think Twice…").
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This debut LP is lit up by an imagination as huge and outlandish as her onstage wigs and it makes for songs that bloom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He appears to have been hoarding his best material for his first solo album since 2004's Bubblegum, because Blues Funeral has quality to spare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The producerly hand of the National's Aaron Dessner and cameos by the likes of Beirut's Zach Condon only add to the conclusion that Tramp is one of the must-hears of early 2012.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A contender for their boldest LP yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His British debut is a gem: a warm, sun-dappled record with an appealing snag of heartache.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant, highly original album.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Debelle is not always easy company and can veer into self-absorption, but the album is refreshingly outspoken and, with help from producer Kwes, musically daring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its worst this understated quality [astral rambling] produces the drear muzak of "Gar", but at its best ... it's sublime.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are fewer surprises but no shortage of quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are occasional flat spots (Paolo Nutini, the Secret Sisters) but ease, exuberance and quality easily outweigh any faux moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record to get lost in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happily SVllB still sound fantastic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only problem with this little gem of an album is that there isn't more of it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still the most electrifying acoustic act around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their eighth outing reaffirms their wordless eloquence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bird conducts his experiments with the lightest of touches: his ingenuity matched by a gift for simple, lilting melodies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes, as on "Let Them Talk", the blend is finger-snappingly fluent, but more often it is deliberately disjointed to match Mathambo's fragmented tales of township life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 2004 acoustic show is an entrancing showcase of their respective talents.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Together [Radio Music Society and Chamber Music Society] they reveal the impressive range of this multi-talented young bassist/composer/singer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonically capricious in the best possible way, it takes in rasping electro, hardcore riffing, rock-opera camp and continues to throw up new surprises with every listen.