The Telegraph (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 511 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Synthetica
Lowest review score: 20 At Your Inconvenience
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 511
511 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Track for track, it’s the equal of anything Petty has released in a long and righteously distinguished career.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sparks, Fun., Norah Jones and Jarvis Cocker imbue pithy vignettes with their own personalities, Jack White and Jack Black play with chirpy nonsense songs and Swamp Dogg’s soulful take on America, Here’s My Boy is heartbreaking. This is certainly more than an academic exercise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is not jazz for the purist but it is a heartfelt and entertaining tribute to one of the musical greats.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Kooks have come out fighting though, completely re-evaluating and overhauling their sound and the result is an exuberant fourth album bristling with character.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still channelling Lynyrd Skynyrd, REM and the Band, the rest of the Crows keep the tyres on the tarmac like pros.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is as self-indulgent as Seventies progressive rock, albeit filtered through a 21st-century indie-rock sensibility that keeps things taut and edgy, with virtuoso posturing at a minimum.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times it does sound like it is trying a bit too hard to please. But it's more pop than Pop ever was, and it certainly does the job it apparently sets out to do, delivering addictive pop rock with hooks, energy, substance and ideas that linger in the mind after you’ve heard them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a maturity and conviction to this album that makes it a step up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's great to have Lee Ann Womack back with such a sad and lovely album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes it so compelling is a classic rock Americana set up deftly interweaving lazy twin guitars and splashes of Hammond organ over steady rolling chord progressions that gather power with each repetition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He made this latest emotionally and intellectually supple album specifically for that dance community.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is all quite delightfully nuts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tomorrow... deepens on repeated listening, with Yorke locating moments of beauty and calm in the eye of his anxiety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A genuinely superior slice of small hours electro-pop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His long gestating third album is every bit as fantastic as earlier offerings, stuffed with narratives of contemporary bohemian life; wordy, free-flowing verses giving way to singalong choruses, spiced up with perky, lateral hooks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an impressive, tantalising work from an artist who has dared to take the path less travelled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sharp observation and emotional engagement raise her material above the level of celebrity Twitter spat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a warm, bluesy album of country-fuelled rock ’n’ roll that oozes old-timer class.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Avonmore is classic, if not quite vintage, Ferry, lacking the distinctive songcraft of his finest work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Four is hard to dislike: it's cheery, uplifting, high spirited and good fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fine album--and well done the conciliatory middle son for bringing the family together. Well, musically, at least.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is some kind of triumph for Blige and for Britain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its dark, off-kilter twists and trapdoors become moreish as liquorice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs on What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, produced by long-time collaborator Tucker Martine, are more intimate and personal than some of the early Decemberists narrative songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life has been a struggle for the son of Steve but the closing track, Looking for a Place to Land, suggests there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Uptown Special veers wildly from high to low brow, stupid to sophisticated. Occasionally the mix jars but mostly it’s a compelling collision, falling somewhere between a chin-stroking jazz poetry recital and a riotous teenage disco.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Badass has been criticised for failing to take his retro stylings anywhere new, but he lovingly recreates the Nineties vibe with an appealing low-slung swagger and infuses it all with a thoughtful, pavement-pounding philosophy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After the wild beach party of 2007’s Volta and the shiny wonders of 2011’s Biophilia, Vulnicura is a windswept trek of a record. But one which gradually repays its difficulties with the raw exhilaration of survival.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are inevitable misses as well as hits (House of the Rising Sun is a bit flat) but there is enough variety from musicians such as The Secret Sisters, The Milk Carton Kids, the Punch Brothers and Marcus Mumford (also the associate producer) to keep things rolling along.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a little daunting at first approach, but stylistic breadth and dynamic shifts make up for the stark brutality of their sound.