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 Spiderland [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 10 Amazing Grace
Score distribution:
1402 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rarely has an album exemplified the 'body and soul' paid so much lip service in House music so willingly. [Apr 2008, p.58]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the use of repetition and layering, Street Horrsing's sonic make-up is often unpredictable, which is where their strength stems from. [Apr 2008, p.57]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the tracks appear softer edged, they share "Strawberry Jam's" tangy, bitterweet flavours. [May 2008, p.49]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This may be a mini-album, but it's so well turned, so successful in completing what it sets out to achieve that, far from marking time in his discography, it could end up being one of his key releases. [May 2008, p.55]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beats are tighter, the rhymes sharper and the subject matter more relevant. [July 2008, p.66]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That this is Spiritualized's most vital and compelling set for a decade suggests that his muse has been galvinised by his near death experience. [May 2008, p.61]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Notwist's songs sound almost too arranged and it's only after they've seeped in a little that it becomes easier to admire the trio's deftness, the way they absorb electronica's qualities of dissonance and disruption and use them as essential building blocks of their music. [June 2008, p.59]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pacific Ocean Blue has aged well, considered over 30 years later. [July 2008, p.46]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Melvins' evolution from potential stoner rock dinosaurs to 21st century sound shifters is complete. [Jul 2008, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the best way, Barber and Pearson distil their knowledge and experimentation into something which sounds like the raw essence of a musical personality [Aug 2008]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This EP, the first in a projected triptych, shows the group in their best light. [Nov 2008, p.74]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can attest that despite initial misgivings, this does grow on you. [Sep 2008, p.64]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's come up with a debut album that combines vaulting ambition, real musicality and a deceptive deftness of touch. [Jun 2008, p.47]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's not much variety over these nine tracks, but to hell with variety when you sound this good. [Dec 2008, p.56]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a magical and bafflingly arresting album. [Sep 2008, p.53]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful record, but I wish it had a little more chaos in it. [Oct 2008, p.58]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They were the first on the block with this particular subgenre and are still in front of a massive paxk following in their wake. [Dec 2008, p.72]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While bound by established conventions, [it] is nonetheless rich and dazzling enough to soundtrack a saga that exists outside the bounds of normal human capabilities. [Oct 2008, p.60]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For every track that delivers the expected, another does something quite extraordinary. [Oct 2008, p.72]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It could all, of course, be unbearably mannered, but the duo's constant striving for layered perfection, contrasted with the very human qualities of the vocals, keep it grounded in some sort of feeling. [Sep 2008, p.61]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pioulard's work is a remarkably effortless cohabitation between bedroom electronics and wistful songwriting. [Dec 2008, p.64]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the crackling electronic chaff of previous efforts seems less dominant this time around, it most likely because the group have learned to skillfully incorporate it into their increasingly accomplished and accessible songcraft. [Nov 2008, p.74]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as David Tibet uses English folk to create his own apocalyptic mythos, so Wood takes the bare bones of Americana and makes something personal and timeless. [Oct 2008, p.58]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of the best garage pop sides sine The Chills' own "Brave Words." [Dec 2008, p.70]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group's debut for Thurston Moore's imprint witnesses the coagulation of the four-piece into something more identifiable as an honest-to-badness rock group. [Nov 2008, p.68]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 21st century Berlin sounds more muscular and dangerous, but not without a certain delicacy either. [Nov 2008, p.68]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is surprisingly seamless and the producer rarely puts a foot wrong. [Nov 2008, p.79]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is artfully bracing listening. [Sep 2008, p.55]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nomad is well-name--but what's most striking is not its diversity, but its coherence. [Dec 2008, p.73]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seems likely Buzz and company have also been listening to a fair bit of Magma and Aphrodite's child, given the interludes of unaccompanied percussion, brooding Gothic keyboards and tightly complex arrangements which result in the most consistently impressive album this line-up has released to date. [Jul 2010, p.64]
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