The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 1,056 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Leaves Turn Inside You
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
1,056 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marks a radical departure in its scope and overall sound.... Unwound have reinvented their music as Progressive hardcore, framing abstract conceits in rock solid structures. This brave, ambitious record retains its edge in a blur of invention. [#206, p.76]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment.... Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff... [#208, p.58]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sonic scribbles of Kid A are far more stimulating than their regular grind.... Along with Primal Scream's Exterminator, Kid A is a vital work. Anyone remotely interested in contemporary music should listen to it at least once. [#201, p.59]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music has an originality that sounds remarkable even now. [#248, p.52]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Instead of disappearing amid the back stories and deep cuts, the hefty additional content and context only acts as so many glittering foils for the enduring, singular force of their crowning achievement, the album itself. [Apr 2014, p.70]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an archive of surprises. And one of the surprises of the year. [#220, p.50]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Frankly, the guy defies you not to be impressed by what he's got. [#234, p.53]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jurado's spare, edgy songs are miniature masterpieces of mood and character. [#229, p.68]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A taut, brutal collection which is as strong as anything they've released in their previous incarnations. [June 2003, p.65]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's surely his finest recorded hour to date. [#230, p.61]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Possibly their best.... Brave, bleak yet compassionate. [#225, p.77]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    5
    Contrasting epic, experimental freakouts with concise chamber music, 5 is a diverse album, full of gems bleeding with icy brilliance. [#235, p.69]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid piece of work; compelling even when shorn of its conceptual and procedural backdrop, and infinitely more invigorating when considered as one with its making. [#205, p.58]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stands as a monument to punk rock action at its most intelligent. [#236, p.60]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blues Dream is both a compendious evocation and synthesis of a range of genres that never sounds merely eclectic... It's one of Frisell's most ambitious productions to date. [#207, p.61]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simultaneously the group's most successful integration of the various strands they've chased over the years and their most ambitious and expansive work to date. [#241, p.50]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no fake authenticity in this musical exploration, and Herren's musical palette is impressively wide ranging. [#241, p.63]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's exhilarating and rare to hear such bruised raw performances as these. [#242, p.71]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you value surehandedness, richness, immaculate timing and the occasional tilted eyebrow then there's a lot to enjoy on Tortoise's most assured set to date. [#204, p.65]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic Youth have made a joyful return to their No Wave hardcore rock roots with a vibrating set of muscular songs which glide effortlessly from Gooey power pop to full on guitarmageddon meltdown, skulled out psychedelia and beyond. [#220, p.53]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Isn't so much a leftfield perversion of HipHop as it is a restoration of the genre to its avant garde roots. [#231, p.67]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Displays more intellectual rigour, subtle discipline and attention to detail than many of their younger contemporaries can ever dream of attaining. [#235, p.56]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Approaches the psychedelic grandeur of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev at their finest while still offering a wealth of carefully placed sonic detail. [#229, p.71]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given her capacity to align reinvention with a developing maturity, the 13 lucky songs of Stories deliver a complex text. It is certainly less frenetic, as if Harvey is finding new ways to exert her presence. In addition, its thoughtful spaces and pauses suggest room for doubt and manoeuvre. [#202, p.49]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For Bjork, this release marks a development in her craft.... SelmaSongs is a little big brave collection of songs that makes me feel better whenever I listen to it. [#201, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Vespertine commits its magic by daring to go places more obvious and more human than one would have ever expected. [#210, p.52]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Juggles multiple ideas of modernism with unusual grace and success. [#234, p.53]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album glows white-hot with fury and energy, familiar yet fresh. [#243, p.66]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best releases, remix or not. [#241, p.71]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A highlty nuanced album which is at once razor sharp, and rich in new openings and possibilities. [#206, p.60]
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