The Observer (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 1,403 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Score distribution:
1403 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What emerges from their empathy is a thoroughly great record that adds punch and groove to Rebennack's humid party music.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] startling debut... As his tremulous whisper of a voice travels over deftly plucked, quietly rippling guitar lines, it feels like trespassing on a very small space, filled with enormous private sorrows.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They not only shake but also rattle, roll and do everything else to ears and body that the most rumbustious soul-rock and roots music can.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'd have to be seriously unmusical not to be charmed by the elegance of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet another reliably great outing, full of intriguing plot developments, yet in faithful keeping with White's previous output.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unhitched from a major label, he has opted for a starker, more contemplative approach and sounds the better for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prolific songwriter Ty Segall and Californian rock/art collective White Fence are far from shy about their influences on this bold, brief (30-minute) outing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This fifth album is arguably his most measured, setting his supple vocals to acoustic, subtly innovative arrangements.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are almost always convincing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rest of the album is almost as great [as "Veils"], but concerns itself with heartbreak of the romantic kind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crown and Treaty is at times wonderful, particularly on "Blue Sky Falls", "Joyful Reunion" and "Brugada".
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hoot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tugging profoundly on bittersweet 60s soul and Motown, Heaven is a fine album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When, as on Majesties Ranch and Iron Deer Dream, they use handclaps and harmonies to wonderful effect, imbuing psychedelia with a youthful glow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mood of gathering gloom occasionally drifts rather close to torpor, but Feel It Coming Near and the sublime Awake usher the darkness in beautifully.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a daring mix of tradition and modernity, but the group's skill and organic approach carry it off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banga is the 65-year-old's 11th album, one of the most satisfying of her latterday career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flutes is a terrifically chilly robotic workout, These Chains blends doe-eyed R&B and disco to fine effect. Night And Day's so-so electrofunk is the only casualty to this record's sense of adventure.