The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 944 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 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 944
944 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from being derivative, Demolished Thoughts remains uniquely Moore's own. [Jun 2011, p.51]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unusual and unexpected triumph. [Jun 2011, p.44]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That persistent footwork pulse holds the album together, preventing it from dispersing into a grey stew of genres. [May 2011, p.53]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The disc's closing one-two punch of "white Electric" and "Sundome," render Glass Drop a triumph, and a major evolutionary leap. [July 2011, p.44]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clamber aboard and settle in for a very sweet ride. [Jul 2011, p.55]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily Hud-Mo's best work yet. [Aug 2011, p.67]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sum's bigger than the parts, though, and Double Demon delivers a whack of sound and a level of detail far in excess of anything on earlier ESO and Sound Is Delmarks. [Aug 2011, p.70]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What could have ended up sounding like sketches, are now completed pieces,m full of suspense flashback, refrains ad other temporal tricks. [Oct 2011, p.61]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never merely texture, just noise or dumb repetition, but always, instead, living and intelligent music. [Nov 2011, p.63]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By unplugging the effects and simply playing, they sound re-energized. [Oct 2011, p.61]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Season Of Earth is music rooted deep in the black, black earth and whose only limit is the blue, blue sky. [Oct 2011, p.50]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the most introspective Wolves In The throne Room release to date. [Sep 2011, p59]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like every track on this EP, it's an incredibly precise and convincing reconstruction of mid-80s electro-pop that is nostalgic with out the obfuscating murk of H-Pop. [Nov 2011, p.70]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On How The Thing Sings, Orcutt reveals a more open vision. [Oct 2011, p.58]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not a visionary rollercoaster thundering around the heavens, but a rewarding slow and subtle grower. [Oct 2011, p.53]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though they're written to sound simple on the surface, PG Six's songs reveal an unusually high level of artistry on closer inspection. [Sep 2011, p.62]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Th art here is ensuring that too much is in fact just enough, and Rustie is a master of it. [Oct 2011, p.51]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Metallica's unrelenting sledgehammer style works as the perfect complement to Reed's vision of compassionless love, with monolithic chords deployed with almost surgical precision wile he dissects relationships w of masochism and power. [Dec 2011, p.63]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like the great dub albums of the past, this is one that will provoke revisits to the original. [Jan 2012, p.67]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He spins an engrossing narrative in short spans of time, packing songs with layers that are felt when they're not immediately perceived. [Nov 2011, p.63]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    XXX
    On XXX his own aesthetic seems fully formed. [Oct 2011, p.65]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the generous flow of rapt, wistful melody that makes Severant such an appealing prospect. [Nov 2011, p.72]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transcending its function as a score, this music works as a collection of instrumental vignettes, individual yet circular in structure. [Nov 2011, p.64]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Side Virtual is a convincing evocation of the digital dreamtime. [Nov 2011, p.58]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As empty experiences go, New album is one of the best. [Feb 2012, p.68]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This pairing actually works almost as well as the one that produced that incredible LP [1964's Folk Roots, New Routes]. [Nov 2011, p.67]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The framework is so decentered there's barely a frame. That, it turns out, leaves room for the work. [Dec 2011, p.52]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a beguilingly well-delivered statement in a dialect that was sidelined in favor of the cult of bass or the florescent synths. [Dec 2011, p.53]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with most of these tracks, the effect is cumulative, and if Co La's modus operandi at first appeared to be almost flippant, the resulting music is inescapably hypnotic. [Jan 2012, p. 52]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like most blockbusters, TM103 lacks some subtlety and depth, but is nevertheless preposterously entertaining, almost unerring anthemic stuff. [Feb 2012, p.71]