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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    101
    Slipping easily between lush orchestral pop and electronic symphonics redolent of Air, she also keeps a firm hand on the lyrical tiller, occasionally even bearing comparison to the poetic pith of Leonard Cohen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s infested with the collective naughtiness and layered irony of a B-movie all-nighter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Put simply, the album blends gospel, blues and rock but with some exciting interpretations of interesting old records.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is nothing particularly daring about the album but it's classy and enjoyable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dealing frankly with love, rejection, frustration, self-doubt and self-acceptance, almost every one of the 10 tracks is catchy and distinctive enough to become a hit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pair bring a gritty stiffness to Tim McGraw's Open Season on My Heart and Harris brings a searing power to Patti Scialfa's Spanish Dancer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Play it soft, and it drifts into the background. Play it loud and something much more vigorous and compelling emerges.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It feels more like a primer for live shows rather than an end in itself, a set of water colour sketches to be inked in later.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every number is cleverly honed to leave you wanting just that bit more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sticking point for some might be Broderick’s voice, which shares a boyish sweetness with singers like Jens Lekman and José Gonzalez--perfect for country ballads but which struggles to carry some of the slighter compositions.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The air is predictably valedictory, freighted with reflections on love, faith and intimations of mortality. 'Don't go to any trouble/You know I won't be here long . . . ' he sings in Westerberg's Any Trouble - in a voice as strong and clear as a bell.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A genuinely superior slice of small hours electro-pop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All 11 songs are of high quality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a confident, bouncy feel to Give Me All You Got.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of tunes and pizzazz, it's unexpectedly good fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hardly a novel idea to cover these songs, but Isaak's versions succeed through skilful arrangement, vibrant recording (mostly at Sun) and above all some remarkable vocal performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is some kind of triumph for Blige and for Britain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After an opinion-dividing experimental phase with 2009's Humbug, roar back to melodic life on their fourth album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all an interesting time capsule and what makes it worthwhile for Cash fans is that there are 26 previously unreleased tracks. Disc 2 sounds a tad more produced but a song about dismissing a former lover--Wide Open Road--and the jaunty Five Minutes To Live are treats.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The performances are superb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are much more vibrant records and live songs in Los Lobos's back catalogue but this is a sweet reminder of their talent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mixing up elements of rock, pop, blues, jazz, soul and funk, each song finds its way into a supple groove and just bounces around there as though Amadou's guitar strings and Mariam's vocal chords were made of musical elastic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She’s at her best channelling the mature, suburban melodrama of vintage Tammy Wynette on Stay at Home Mother and the all-out D.I.V.O.R.C.E.-style heartwrench of Waterproof Mascara, on which a little boy’s mother thanks God for a cosmetic that “won’t run like his daddy did”.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, leading lights of electronic music remix King Midas Sound's underrated debut album to striking effect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In short, if you're stuck in a traffic jam, this is a record which will make you want to open the sunroof.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music is an acquired taste but Tales From The Barrel House is certainly a modern musical artisan at work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Blake re-accessing his quirkier side after years of solid songcraft, and Childs guided away from his more loopy excesses. A hatful of memorable tunes, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assured and still in thrall to the spinning lights, Little Red confidently and unpretentiously reflects Katy B’s transition from eager young clubber with a curfew to a mature young woman with a home of her own and the ability to hold a little something in reserve.