The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 1,072 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 0.8 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:
1,072 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So it's Ra the entertainer we get here.... On the second disc the first three tracks take matters further out. [Oct 2014, p.70]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music--hums, clangs and muffled booms--wields an ominous, oppressive power, especially on headphones, that can create a feeling of queasy horror even for those unaware of the record's backstory. [Nov 2014, p.68]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result lack some of the swarming, piercing detail and vertiginous shifts that give so much drama to late Scott. At the same time, it mostly does away with that haunts latter-day songs. [Oct 2014, p.51]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The results may not be especially unpredictable but they sure are fun, the trio milking the testosterone-fueled power-trio/supergroup set-up for all it's worth. [Nov 2014, p.72]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His sermons are always memorably provocative, but in playing to the crowd sometimes subtleties get lost. [Dec 2014, p.60]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jimmy and Swae kick gleeful and indistinguishable spring-loaded raps about nothing in particular. [Feb 2015, p.57]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the most part, the album makes a convincing argument for Sleater-Kinney's continued relevance. [Jan 2015, p.63]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps this recording isn't the best way to experience it, then, but, it whets the appetite for an UK performance scheduled for early 2015. [Jan 2015, p.75]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the rest of the songs vary in sugar content and heart rate, the most potent dose of hyper-colour twee may be "Learning To Relax," which sounds like Yacht remixing The Polyphonic Spree for an iPhone advertisement aimed at Junior High students. [Feb 2015, p.44]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hexadic blurs limes between melodic theory and personal spiritual working, presenting an alchemy of number as a system of creative liberation. [Feb 2015, p.52]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While as bracing as ever, this sound is less striking now, and the album sees Psutka creating solid but less remarkable grooves. [Feb 2015, p.56]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all been very 'civil,' but still no sign of that dang war. [#235, p.63]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A pleasant if somewhat plain folk-rock record, less adventurous than either Wilco's or O'Rourke's own recent outings. [#227, p.68]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The risky juxtapositions that mark his best work are critically missing. [#224, p.51]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More Light is, on the whole, more of what made him great--songs with airhead titles like "Where'd You Go," which stretch glorious guitar solos over solid chopping riffs--but it's packed with too much filler. [#200, p.80]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It lacks something crucial at its centre: definition, precisely. [#221, p.66]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The moments of beauty caught fleetingly in the gaps between over-arranged blocks make for frustrated listening. [#218, p.64]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's an uneven set, relying strongly on her performance to carry the songs forward. [#229, p.68]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall you sense that the full potential of the encounter is not being realised. [#230, p.61]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    However hit and miss, though, all of these voices and genre grabs are made to sound stylistically coherent. [#236, p.71]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At their worst, Ui thrash like run of the mill math-rockers, basses turned to 11 and meandering loudly.... What rescues them is a burgeoning melodic sensibility. [#233, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The emphasis this time around is on poppier melodies, but for all its attention to song form, Sonic Nurse feels more like a collection of exercises than a cohesive album. [#244, p.63]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all elegantly executed and often beguiling, but just too clean and predictable to be really involving. [#228, p.62]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly few of his spiels impress solely on the strength of their content. [#235, p.55]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Guru is... pushing the same grim consistency that makes folks describe Gang Starr albums as 'solid', not budging, not boring, but not better than Moment of Truth. [#234, p.73]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent film soundtrack. [#219, p.74]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those who find Anticon's selfconsciousness and self-flagellation a bit hard to stomach may be able to digest Odd Nosdam's maddening instrumental collages. [#230, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They're at their best on tracks like "Nothing Is Ever Lost[...]," where they conjure the wheeling claustrophobia of PiL circa Metal Box. [#223, p.66]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Byrne has done a tidy, if not terribly exciting job on the soundtrack. [#235, p.57]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the album is pleasant, it takes a long time to open up. And once opened, it's nice, but hardly revolutionary. [#236, p.61]
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