The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 1,402 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
1402 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darkness At Noon works because it doggedly pursues its convictions through to a satisfying conclusion and in doing so creates its own kind of offbeat logic. [#254, p.53]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Callahan is a true original. [#255, p.65]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A richly nuanced album, and eloquent in its restraint. [#257, p.57]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Niblett takes the old quiet-loud dynamic and stretches it to unexpected lengths. [#258, p.68]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mood is always unsettled and unsettling, either furious or fragile. [#258, p.67]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Caught somewhere between the big yucks and the thoughtful overview are moments of genuine strangeness that are both captivating and unsettling. [#255, p.59]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are what protest songs can sound like, feel like and taste like in the 21st century. [#257, p.52]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As you try to sift through the dense crosstalk of twittering beats, your ears are beguiled ever deeper into Konono's rhythmic threshing machine. [#253, p.52]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clear triumph, a dense work destined to grow thicker with each listen. [#266, p.65]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nearly a quarter of a century after its initial release, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts remains a beautifully finished work, despite its complexity: every line and fragment in place, every surface and effect neatly separated out. [#266, p.56]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with energy and furious with ideas. [#269, p.45]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's such a freshness to Brett Sparks's music that few comparisons can be made. [#269, p.42]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Introduction serves both as a reminder of Thompson's often overlooked sense of humour and an exploration of certain cliches endemic to the pop song, but most importantly, it just rocks. [#266, p.63]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As inspired as it is, The Return Of Dr Octagon is no sequel. [#269, p.44]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Bomboo Banga' is pure power monotony, her deadpan one-note voice mixed with car engines, samples of Bombay pop, Booty Bass and tribal rhythms, is a perfect soundtrack to a stroll down London's Banglatown. [Sep 2007, p.57]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an extraordinary and compelling celebration of a hardcore punk classic. [Oct 2007, p.71]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harvey's new strategy has been successful although White Chalk might be something of a curio, it's certainly her most haunting work. [Oct 2007, p.60]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forget about the backstory, though, and it's clear that h remains a truly innovative MC, and Ultimate Victory is stronger than its predecessor for one reason. [Nov 2007, p.70]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trees Outside The Academy is a relaxed, organic record that charms without really trying, and perhaps the closest Moore will ever come to the lost Moby Grape album. [Sep 2007, p.57]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the hard-hearted and selfconsciously cool may dismiss them as the avant folk scene's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, that's no reason to deny one's self the joyous singalong harmonies of 'Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead." [Oct 2007, p.71]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boss, Magik Markers' most straightforward set of rock songs, is still rife with a liberating freedom. [Oct 2007, p.62]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Widow City is endlessly enjoyable, yielding new detail every time you slip through its song mazes. [Oct 2007, p.59]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The [guest] musicians have the good sense to know when to let Chesnutt's dry-leaf vocals and muted acoustic guitar carry the songs, and when to swell up and bring heightened Gothic intensity to the feelings of melancholy and dread. [Oct 2007, p.55]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent showcase of their different approaches. [Oct 2007, p.55]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parades succeeds in avoiding the most perilous pitfalls of simulated whimsy and fey affected vocals to achieve something gloriously endearing. [Nov 2007, p.53]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While perhaps not the triumphant return that many fans have hoped for, the murky and dystopic excursions of 8 Diagrams are uncompromising, visionary and unique. [Mar 2008, p.62]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album eclipses their previous output and hits a consistent note of righteous force. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These themes of anguish are not so much bleak as moving, for he always finds a way to inject his wry observations into the mix. [Feb 2008, p.54]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The closing 'Honey' leaves all the issues behind and drips with the kind of sultry retro-funk that proves New Amerykah to have been well worth any amount of waiting. [May 2008, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! sees Cave at his wittiest and most relaxed, though perhaps also most detatched. [Apr 2008, p.53]
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