The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 991 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% 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 Kid A
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 991
991 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both totally entertaining and instantly accessible to both avant rap devotees and curious passers-by. [#246, p.66]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Granted, Flow's torrent of words is Thirlwell's familiar angsty blurt of near operatic proportions, but closer attention reveals his skill as an arranger, producer and rhythm sampler is now verging on the monumental. [#208, p.57]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This could have been camp on a Himalayan scale. Its strength is that it's anything but. [#255, p.51]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most beautifully conceived and ambitiously extended work to date. [#252, p.59]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine cLOUDDEAD jamming with Wilco, with David Lynch producing, and you're only halfway there. [#257, p.70]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even when the songs aren't motivated by anger or frustration, they have a drive and a momentum that's breathtaking. [#256, p.52]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A complex and challenging listen. [#257, p.61]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buck's refusal to recognise musical boundaries and his instinctive ability to pick out elements that work together--sometimes surprisingly so--have given us a genre-bending album of high artistic vision, spit and grit. [#258, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a remarkably rich and complex achievement. [#267, p.52]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most of these songs will startle you at some point. [#268, p.50]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb album, in which Wyatt gathers all of his strengths, with the personal and the political, the aesthetic and the ethical are brought together as only he can. [Nov 2007, p.64]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burial has transcended his dubstep origins, belonging to a Gothic tradition that takes in Massive Attack and even 4AD at their most grandiosely despondent. [Jan 2008, p.53]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throw in an evocative, anthemically chanted lyrical snapshot, some cryptic tales and a blues rock cover and almost every successful Fall trick familiar from the last two decades is also deployed. All of which amounts to a vital late period masterpice. [June 2008, p.47]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Steinski's work with DeFranco aka Double Dee, is the most dazzling--precisely because it avoids the pitfalls of run of the mill culture jamming and guerrilla media tactics--Steinski's solo tracks certainly have their own pleasures, even if they are more straightforwardly textural than his collabotation with Double Dee. [June 2008, p.57]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wooden Wand's contemporary contributions to songwriting tradition have produced some great work, but on Death Seat he has excelled himself. [Nov 2010, p.64]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is crystalline and intoxicating: an album to return to repeatedly for inspiration. [Feb 2011, p.48]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If it was possible to see the debut Carbeth as a local gem of modest proportions, it's hard to receive The Constant Pageant as anything other than a finished masterpiece, with four or five songs that have longevity written in and the rest of them as musically sharp as they're lyrically alert. [May 2011, p.56]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At this moment, Bad As Me might be his best ever. [Nov 2011, p.68]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These performances have been rightly cherished by collectors for decades. [Oct 2011, p.54]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After four decades, the album's concentrated blend of brutalism and intricacy, fluidity and fracture, sound as uncompromising as ever. [Nov 2011, p.69]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is his second essential album of 2012. [Sep 2012, p.70]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its complexity, the album is full of ravishing, soulful production and vocals--as catchy and emotionally stirring as it is subversively and intellectually thrilling. [Dec 2012, p.75]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The posthumous tracks that have emerged are among the best of Hendrix's late work. [Apr 2013, p.50]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EBM equals R Plus Seven. [Sep 2013, p.49]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a spellbinding album by a singular guitarist who combines the dexterity of Paco De Lucia with the hypnotic death-drawl of Bukka White. [Oct 2013, p.51]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Would their punk model work for a Stravinsky cover, with its unique challenges? The answer given by this recording is a resounding yes. [May 2014, p.58]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly engaging and very endearing album. [#223, p.59]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An engaging, unpredictable album of Tortoise-like vibraphones, guitars, minimalist repetitions, wry syncopations, occasional duff notes and subtly daubed electronics. [#228, p.69]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Double Figure is as good as anything they have done. [#207, p.65]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is Pole at his most expansive and communicative. [#233, p.69]
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