The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 1,092 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:
1,092 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The outcome is mostly a coruscating shot of tough nomadic blues, but here and there it skews into a self-indulgent liaison with a time-bound, well-worn rock sound. [Jul 2011, p.61]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything is warm and accessible, occasionally too much so. [Jul 2011, p.48]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The group's love and knowledge of folk and psychedelia is really to the fore on this collection, as they unravel both and knit them back together in bolder, even wiggier patterns. [Jun 2011, p.57]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where the vocals are murky, the synthesizers have a queasy over-clarity, poised somewhere between the repellent and the sublime. [Aug 2011, p.58]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is no simplistic exercise in cross-cultural groove making--Dyrdahl has responded more to gamelan's harmonic stasis than to its rhythmic insistence. [Jul 2011, p.60]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The bold accessibility and nostalgic tone of Bermuda Drain is a surprise. [Jul 2011, p.60]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Baker's style is physical, thick, dense: woozy bass, murky keys and drums that kick hard enough to stir up dust and gleam in the dim light coming in through the basement windows. [Jun 2011, p.60]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The record crams a ton of sonic and thematic ideas into a small space and yet show almost no visible stitches. [Oct 2011, p.66]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At best, the end result has an epic and ethereal sheen, though there are certainly moments where Araab succumbs to the tackier elements of his influences, like blind fist-pumping four on the floor or arpeggiated faux-bliss. [Aug 2011, p.69]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no point chasing diminishing returns on a four-track, and the buffed-up West is a kick worth revisiting. [Aug 2011, p.63]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if the music remains fairly consistent, the concepts mark off more ambitious territories. [Oct 2011, p.60]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately there's more to gnaw on here, and for all his admiration of astral jazz, the album title is apt. Ras may be gazing up at the stars, but there is solid ground beneath his feet. [Sep 2011, p.56]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As the Crow flies has a folkier feel than previous advisory circle releases. [Sep 2011, p.50]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its utter ahistoricity is one of its more charming dimensions, in a "why not?" sort of way. [Sep 2011, p.52]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Abstract hiphop-heads might be turned off by the slick machismo, but others will have some good dirty fun. [Oct 2011, p.65]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Work (work, work) is a sophisticated response to a reality paralyzed by consumerism. [dec 2011, p.56]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A certain bass jumpiness is evident throughout these six tracks, a post-grunge melodic murkiness that is at once reassuring but also puts paid to elevating the record into the realms of the ethereal. [Oct 2011, p.58]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bonnie Prince Billy shows no sign of slowing down his slowness, despite, or perhaps because of, the misery. [Nov 2011, p.56]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In lesser hands [it could have slipped into corny retro tropes], but In Dust is if anything even less indebted to past styles than last year's impressive self-titled debut. [Sep 2011, p.56]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although he wrangles these troublesome rhythms with aplomb, at times they bring out a cartoonish tendency that undermines his usual deadly poise. [Nov 2011, p.66]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Extra Playful lives up to its title. [Oct 2011, p.63]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    III
    While nothing on III is exactly a soundtrack to sipping caipirinhas in the sun, there's also nothing about it that suggests grimacing theatrically on a darken dancefloor. [Oct 2011, p.52]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dance album of this level of consistent quality are rare. Yet ultimately, no groove in this album particularly reach out and little new, different or memorable is offered for the imagination. [Oct 2011, p.65]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bozulich's gloom is top quality gloom, as far as that goes, but nothing here lights up the heart like [2008's] Voyager's blistering "Truth Is Dark Like Outer Space." [Sep 2011, p.51]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some might find the group's repetitive grooves too smooth a match for all Smith's spewing. But his bark infects everything around it. [Nov 2011, p.58]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their music is an exercise in reductionism: how little does a tune need to be tune? Yet, somehow these non-tunes niggle away till they lodge firmly in the memory tissue. [Jan. 2012, p.66]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Patten's ability to conjure such urgency with out ever slipping into anything so easy as a typical groove goes some distance. [Oct 2011, p.65]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It works best when blended with his more adventurous tendencies. [Nov 2011, p.64]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a lot going on and while he never rises to anything as wakeful as a melody or a solid riff, there's still a satisfying level of control that keeps him two steps away from the minimalism plus heavy effects tendency of similar acts. [Oct 2011, p.65]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A powerful and evocative sound journey. [Jan. 2012, p.64]
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