The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 1,549 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Box
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
1549 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Another slapdash cash-in from masked rap's last bastion. [Sep 2012, p.60]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The rest of the album makes the distance between now and (Berlin) then of "Where Are We Now?" painfully evident, a pain heightened by Visconti's failure to convert this collection of session muso workouts into anything memorable. [May 2013, p.55]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly it feels like the gestation period has robbed Joker's music of some of its immediacy. [Nov 2011, p.72]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Much of the album's faults are down to Smith. Rather than steering the collective ship, his voice, slurred to the point of incomprehensibility, barely connects with the others. [Dec 2014, p.48]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Almost without exception, these 11 tracks lurch along at a donkey's pace that seems designed to signify grace and dignity, while the crystal cave reverb applied with such liberality by Randall Dunn, producer of choice for the likes of Sunn 0))), Wolves In The Throne Room and Earth, seems after the nth track to cloak a more profound problem, which is that much of the material on Strangers is thin pickings. [Jun 2016, p.54]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's just a coarser, clumsier version of the updated industrial bashing of their last album, without the dreamy coronae of guitar.[Jun 2016, p.60]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Somewhere in Asphalt For Eden is buried beautiful music. [Jun 2016, p.62]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is a resounding thinness to Purple Naked Ladies and its finest moments sound like a collection of scratch tracks from a lost Erykah Badu/Neptunes session circa 1998. [Mar 2012, p.54]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    New material is conspicuous by its absence, and several shambolic passages indicate that the band barely managed to rehearse, let alone write songs. [Jul 2017, p.58]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    He telegraphs all too simplistic rhymes schemes and rarely offers subject matter beyond deeply cliched braggadocio. He's rapping like he doesn't want to be there. [Oct 2010, p.67]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The music veers between between a kind of funk slop with trippy organ squelches and good ol' fashioned rawk with biblical overtones, It feels a little like drowning in a bath of Jack Daniels, but not in a good way. [Sep 2010, p.53]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's being reflective and then there's navel-gazing, and unfortunately Alopecia is too frequently guilty of the latter to really engage either the mind or heart. [Apr 2008, p.66]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A sense of cluelessness pervades these songs, as though constructed without considering why or for whom they were intended. [Jun 2014, p.51]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Songs like "Brainfreeze" and "The Red Wing" plod more than march, piling on so many competing keyboard layers that the melody blots itself out. Others seem oddly unfinished. Only the two closing ten minute tracks evoke the classic Fuck Buttons widescreen neon pomp. [Jul 2013, p.56]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A Better Tomorrow feels trapped by history, an impotent reflection versus a proposed resurrection. [Jan 2015, p.65]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Still sounds like the work of someone desperate to gain the approval of the Drag City clique. [#215, p.69]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The next person who decides to write a book on Miles Davis, or agrees to play him in a movie, will find this set invaluable. But for the casual Davis fan, it’s bound to be a bore and a chore. [Nov 2016, p.76]
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