The Observer (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 910 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 I Don't Like Shit: I Don't Go Outside
Lowest review score: 20 Collections
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 910
910 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is a compelling talent here, turning his damage into something noble.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    His tales of youthful hustling and newfound wealth ("Your plane's missing a chef," he taunts) are compelling, albeit well-worn. The star here is the production.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pleasure, and it’s considerable, is in the detail.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In short, it has the kind of beauty that sees you playing it, and only it, for the next three weeks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sweet Heart Sweet Light is another one of these perfectly serviceable Spiritualized albums.... But there's a lot of old rope here, let down further by Pierce's singing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The trouble is, much of it still sounds about as vital as Coldplay Babelfished into Icelandic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall this is a deeply satisfying meeting of many minds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The resultant soundscapes stretch invitingly on tracks such as the lilting Hondo, while Kalahari summons up an appropriately threatening desert atmosphere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs respond beautifully to the pathos and drama of their subject, summoning a mood with subtle musical shifts but knowing when to deploy the grand gesture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bird conducts his experiments with the lightest of touches: his ingenuity matched by a gift for simple, lilting melodies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By turns eerie and starkly beautiful, Replica rewards repeated listening.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EMA makes sure these are songs, first and foremost. And they are still personal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two 10-minute pieces relegate song and vocals to second place behind ambitious but lumbering orchestration--producer Adrian McNally is, alas, no Gil Evans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is an encouraging partial return to form from an underrated talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The quality tails off quite dramatically, with a string of unremarkable ballads closing the album, but this is still a pleasing return to something approaching their best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gone are the meandering, proggy excesses of 2008's Real Emotional Trash, and in their place are sharper, melody-driven tracks that foreground Malkmus's distinctive oblique wit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record does what gospel should--lift you up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's perhaps not as immediate as 2007's Aman Iman, but no less pleasing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By turns droll, pungent and lovely, it deserves more than a lo-fi production.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its 12 hushed and intimate tracks stripped back to the bare essentials--often just Fullbright's voice and guitar--the emphasis is on the strength of the songwriting (and, on Write a Song, the process itself).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their fifth album sidesteps the rolling, electric style that's made them world-conquerors for a return to acoustic campfire camaraderie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn’t quite as good as 1979’s extraordinary Broken English, but the likes of Falling Back and Sparrows Will Sing are the equal of anything she’s done since.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bondy gives his songs plenty of room to breathe, the results being quite often spellbinding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What rescues Oshin from being a set of aqueous dream-pop search engine tags is the band's latent Krautrock bent. Past Lives and Human really could go on for another couple of minutes, such is the lock of their grooves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This second album finds them in incendiary form.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A welcome time warp.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If anything, the interplay between Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette is freer and more beguiling than ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all their wiggy sonics, Thee Oh Sees rarely lose their way, and these nine tracks scamper along, unfettered by genre hang-ups and aided by guest guitarist Mikal Cronin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Easy-going vintage soul that rolls magnificently on the ear.