The Telegraph (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 662 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 Futurology
Lowest review score: 20 At Your Inconvenience
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 662
662 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a sprawling beast of an album and a remarkable piece of creativety from 68-year-old Russell.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are good things here, but nothing especially new.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers excel on I Was a Wayward Pastel Bay, a gentle song which shows off frontman Tony Dekker’s country music skills.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it's a bright and buoyant effort--with recognisable touches of ska and reggae--her new album lacks the left-field flourishes that make her special.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Throughout, the band’s big, bittersweet sound is, as ever, wonderfully immersive: whalesong cycles of electric guitar echoing through a buoyant soup of synths that sound both pleasant and forgettable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For now Birdy remains a novelty. Her rich, malleable vocals suggest, however, that she won't be caged for long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too much of the record sounds like generic, Katy Perry-esque power-pop.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Chopped and diced from a variety of sources, it packs a lyrical punch, but nothing here transcends his internet hit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's a nourishing warmth in their bittersweet laments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everlasting is an eclectic mix.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
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    This feels more like a palette cleanser, a statement of intent that Stone has ditched the commercial gloss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The songs are slickly constructed but you can't help feeling it is familiar territory and not a patch on past triumphs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The melodies aren't as strong as those on Backwoods Barbie but Dolly Parton's wit, sincerity and plucky pragmatism allow her to get away with simplistic advice like: "Lead the good life, just treat this planet right and try to all be friends" and icky lines about painting pretty rainbows in the sky.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Love Frequency only occasionally sets the pulse racing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As packed and punchy as Black Eyed Peas on steroids, this is the sound of the overground.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    14 songs over an hour's running time is a lot of nonsense to digest. For the Chili Peppers, songwriting is a medium without a message, unless it's just to let your inhibitions go and dance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a mixed bag.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Views genuinely makes for mesmerising listening, even if much of the album seems to consists of lazy meanders through Drake's psyche.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I worry about where they can go next with such a restrictive musical template, but here they have managed subtle refinement without sacrificing the essence of their primitive appeal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This, for better or worse, is clearly the music Rihanna likes: leftfield, stoned and strange. It is Rihanna without hits. This strange album, released without warning over the internet for free, may well be a reflection of the fact that not even her own backers really expects this to be a commercial blockbuster. It is more an exercise in rebranding, transforming the hit girl into a serious artist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're already a Biffy Clyro fan, Opposites might be your idea of a masterpiece. If you're new to Biffy, it'll just give you a headache.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The son of Richard Thompson is capable of writing his own striking lyrics but sometimes they are straining a little too hard.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times, though, the bleepy, burbling “fun” gets too wacky and cheesy for even PSB’s long-standing irony to uphold.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Full of sparkling hooks, the results do a good job of melding Minogue’s effervescent pop grooves with the dense, heavily treated vocals and deep sub bass of modern electro dance trends.... Subject matter and delivery are strained by coquettish pandering.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Real Life builds up to a pitch of doomed drama from a corrosive slash of guitar as Tesfaye confides that even his “Mama called me destructive”. But Ed Sheeran fails to rescue him on the tedious Dark Times and Lana Del Rey--who ought to be his perfect partner in pop-noir--adds nothing but a bored spritz of vocal perfume to the lethargic Prisoner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, another real treat from the 63-year-old queen of English folk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and soulful album, the highlight of which is the title track Indian Ocean.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not an album that takes itself too seriously (one song is called I'm No Elvis Presley) but it's an upbeat romp of a CD with some fine song songs such as Black Fly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He brings real feeling to his own compositions such as Let Me Sleep (At the end of a Dream).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's plenty of variety on Watkins Family Hour, with each member of the band getting a turn as lead vocalist.