The Telegraph (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 690 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Smithsonian Folkways Collection [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 20 At Your Inconvenience
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 690
690 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is music of emotion and imagination, shifting perspectives in ways that are deliciously intangible, intent on moving the heart rather than the feet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While they make no claims to be a wildly original band--they listen to Black Sabbath and they have been described as the all-female Joy Division--what makes them so compelling is their fierce focus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although something of a melting pot, this is an original and accessible album, blending world influences with old time American music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blending hi-tech and lo-fi, modern synthesised sound and old-fashioned song writing, her work plumbs torrid emotional depths, similar to alt-rock stars such as Lou Barlow.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hegarty has mastered the art of turning performance into a kind of ritual ceremony and the magic of these symphonic concert recordings blows their previously released versions out of the water.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At 66 Raitt’s warm graze of a voice is better than ever, balancing the confidence of experienced with a more nuanced perspective. Inspirational.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Touré acquits himself imaginatively in a variety of settings, the whirring, jangling opener Sokosondou, with just his own musicians, feels the most compelling track.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is rammed full of fantastically fresh and challenging beats and bears the hallmarks of Cherry's streetwise style.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the Stones may not have struck oil with these songs, their energy remains undimmed, their back catalogue endlessly renewable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arrangements are simple and sparse, everything lightly touched, with only swells of strings and brushes of horn, harmonium and other instrumental colours buoying up her guitar and clear voice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For every perfectly observed vignette of English life (Sunny Afternoon, Autumn Almanac) and pithily satirical narrative (Village Green Preservation Society, Dead End Kids) there's a clunking, unwieldy, elaborate novelty song (Supersonic Rocket Ship, Skin & Bone).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder: urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite the subject matter, this is an invigorating celebration of the joys of great songwriting and proof of the power of one man and his piano.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They take a sombre aspect of their native Northumbrian traditional music, regional accent and dialect intact, and, sprinkling in a few intriguing covers along the way, build something string-laden and luscious but also delicate, wistful and melancholy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s nothing very new about the sound, but there’s a freshness and intelligence in the Lawrence brothers’ discovery of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He brings real feeling to his own compositions such as Let Me Sleep (At the end of a Dream).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beck has always been hip. Even on his 12th album, he manages to make the dawn sound like where it’s at.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be resolutely old-fashioned and, for sure, we’ve heard it all before, but the sheer pleasure in Porter’s singing is all but impossible to resist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She brings excellent phrasing to Haggard's powerful lyrics and there are two standout songs [Sing Me Back Home and Someday When Things are Good].
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Comparisons with Nilsson and early solo McCartney are high praise, but at his softer side it all threatens to go a bit Gilbert O’Sullivan. Yet this is a lovely debut and its innocence is a big part of its charm.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freighted deep with lugubrious rolls of oily bass, sandy inhalations of desert strings, holy intonations and salty lust, Push the Sky Away is the audio equivalent of bathing in the Dead Sea.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her uncompromising, June Taboresque alto and imaginative, original material--from ye olde narrative ballads to modern love songs--are enduringly seductive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and soulful album, the highlight of which is the title track Indian Ocean.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is plenty of passion in songs about Tennessee striking miners in the Thirties, or about the English Civil War.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No doubts about this: Short Movie is a masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rod Picott achieves his aim of making an authentic studio version of his live shows in his new album Fortune. The material is sometimes contemporary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not very hip, and it doesn't really hop, but Sleaford Mods have arguably come closer than anyone else to creating a uniquely British form of rap: rant music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In weaker moments he veers into mawkish troubadour territory, but Blake's musical alchemy can be capable of matching the urban, nocturnal beauty of vintage Massive Attack.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saturns Pattern is an album to wallow joyously in, even if the songs are as whimsical as Weller’s approach to punctuation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times the music feels more like a classical arrangement than a bluegrass record--but it works.