The Telegraph (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 664 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine
Lowest review score: 20 Killer Sounds
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 664
664 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is another gem in an already glittering canon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is music that is following its own agenda, whose funky energy is innate. It’s been absorbing external influences for centuries and is keeping on doing so in today’s crazy, accelerated postmodern world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    American Kid is a triumph of songwriting and expressive singing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is the 12 songs he wrote and co-wrote that sparkle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is, in short, and as we might have expected, a work of genius.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her approach is confident and challenging, but not arch – several direct, haunting love songs are as delicate and affecting as any Adele tear-jerker.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There cannot be another musical duet around at the moment who are able to make two acoustic guitars and two voices produce a sound that is so subtle and yet powerful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its length (16 tracks) and elaborate staging (with videos for every song), the album has a focus and intensity unusual in multi-writer ensemble productions, a sense of purposefulness that holds the attention even when the songs sometimes drift off in search of a chorus.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's great to have Lee Ann Womack back with such a sad and lovely album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is a neat cover of Creedence’s Have You Ever Seen the Rain but the best songs are her own heartfelt and brooding country ones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At first listen it sounds messy, but the more you play it, the more inspired and essential each brutal interruption becomes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A record with moments of pure, solar heat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He made this latest emotionally and intellectually supple album specifically for that dance community.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Twelve top-class tracks also feature Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Electric is the second really fantastic pop-dance blast of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is not reinventing the pop wheel but everything is done with an appealing combination of taste and passion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each track has a timeless quality, as suited to a Seventies mid-west saloon as a students' indie disco.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What you get is pure and fluent Simpson musicianship.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The songwriting class shows. In addition, the musicianship is top notch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trio The Bad Plus are joined by saxophonist Joshua Redman, and the intricate compositions challenge and inspire the soloists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The contents of this 8-vinyl, 4-CD set are mighty impressive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The harmonies are gorgeous and the lyrics thought-provoking. A good start to the year for folk music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His weary regrets are cradled in a simple, swaying hammock of piano, violin and mournful horns. ... It’s a miserabilist masterpiece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With a rare display of vulnerability and contrition, grace and grown-up wisdom, Jay Z has delivered one of the most mature albums in hip hop history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From its raucous, raw-edged opening salvo to the softer, weirder, ruminative closing tracks, Blunderbuss crackles with life and energy, hauling roots rock out of the dusty museum and into the dazzling light of the modern day.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Full of groove and grit, it's raw and enjoyable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On a production level, this album is cutting-edge, on a lyrical level it is brutally brilliant. It will melt your ears and your heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Yet for all its exuberant DIY spirit, Young Fathers’ songs sound like another bunch of interesting demos, full of passion, spontaneity and left-field inspiration, but too often failing to really nail the song or message down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is never maudlin, but big, bouncy and entertaining.