The Telegraph (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 611 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 An Appointment with Mr. Yeats
Lowest review score: 20 At Your Inconvenience
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 611
611 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
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    The album was recorded in Berlin and the dark pulse of that Krautrock influence gives the songs a steely sleekness of purpose (and real cohesion), while the band layer a vigorous variety of sounds and tempos on top to keep things interesting.
    • 60 Metascore
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    A fizzy lifting drink of an album.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Cohen’s triumphant return to the live arena is reflected in the growling assuredness of his vocals. An absolute treat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If Art Official Age is a juicy reaffirmation of Prince pop basics, Plectrumelectrum, his collaborative album with 3rdEyeGirl, represents a more intriguing departure, even if it too reaches back into the past, making a bold connection with a time when Jimi Hendrix was the last great black American rock star, before funk really left rock 'n' roll to the white man.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Gospel choirs hum and swell tenderly beneath the rougher edges of his riffs. They add mature, universal gravitas and often a holy ecstacy to an intense, youthful lyrical tangling of religion and romantic obsession that regularly finds him poised "between love and abuse".
    • 85 Metascore
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    This set is a fine reminder of his magnificent legacy of film work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The results rate with his best work, by turns reflective and attacking, on which lyrics sparkle and music breathes and flows with a sure touch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some will scoff, but imagine a beloved grandfather at a family gathering singing ballads of love and yearning from his lost youth, and you will get some idea of the power of this extraordinary record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The songwriting class shows. In addition, the musicianship is top notch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deeply infused with rich, subtle hooks, Modern Nature is a patient album that warms the bones with a steady fusion of mid-tempo Curtis Mayfield soul (muzzy organ, bongos and funk guitar), with memories of Madchester club nights (baggy beats, chunky chords, shoegazer vocals) and tasteful string arrangements.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Creating a 21st-century album that is still able to deal in an original and touching way with the big and interesting subjects of love and death is a trick that many folk and country musicians try to pull off and few achieve, especially in the impressive way that Gretchen Peters does with her 2015 album Blackbirds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is the gorgeous Tomorrow is My Turn, which shows off the full singing range and power of the frontwoman for innovative string-band trio the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
    • 81 Metascore
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    No doubts about this: Short Movie is a masterpiece.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [A] bravura masterpiece. There is no sugar rush of digital synthetic beats and radio-friendly hooks. This is a dense, intricate mesh of free-flowing jazz, deep Seventies funk and cut-up hip hop with a verbose, hyper-articulate rapper switching up styles and tempos to address contemporary racial politics in a poetic narrative built around a long dark night of the soul.
    • 89 Metascore
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    This is a terrific album, full of dignity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At every turn he unfolds the fists of self-pity into upturned palms of generosity.
    • 95 Metascore
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    A brilliant tribute album, showcasing properly Lead Belly's cultural legacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Magic Whip turns out to be a triumphant comeback that retains the band's core identity while allowing ideas they'd fermented separately over the past decade to infuse their sound with mature and peculiar new flavour combinations.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The weirder moments--the molten strings and xylophones--redefine the band as a powerful and original force.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There may be nothing particularly original here, but the gritty ambience of electric instrumentation suits Mumford & Sons’s way with melody, emotion and dynamics. Simply put, the Mumfords rock.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The lads have given this album everything, everything and then some.
    • 84 Metascore
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    A record with moments of pure, solar heat.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Happily, the words are wonderful and Something More Than Free is an album that grows and grows on you. Producer Dave Cobb is in fine action again and gets the best from the settings behind Isbell's effecting voice. Some of the songs are simply splendid.
    • 69 Metascore
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    By re-recording the whole of Taylor Swift's 1989, the maverick alt country star has turned a world beating chart smash album into a tender masterpiece of bruised Americana, in the process emphasising the perfect songcraft and exposing the dark heart of emotion beating beneath Swift's gleaming surfaces.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On Over and Even, which was produced by Daniel Martin Moore, she also sings harmony with Will Oldham and Glen Dettinger and allied to riveting guitar work, as it is on My Only Trouble, the result is terrific.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Art Angels is made of the same dark candy, with even more weird and wonderful flavour combinations. I began to think of songs as three-minute gobstoppers in which layers dissolved unexpectedly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    25
    25 is certainly the equal of its predecessor. What it sacrifices in youthful rawness it makes up in maturity and sheer class. Adele Adkins has taken her time over her third album and it shows.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It feels as bold and weird as anything in Bowie’s back catalogue, sure to delight some and infuriate others.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The effect is classic Suede, with mature moments of recollection in tranquillity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s not an ounce of fat on these eight, energised tracks. Everything is sharpened by the awareness of mortality and there is alchemy’s in Pop’s ability to infuse such resignation with real electricity.