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
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After four decades, the album's concentrated blend of brutalism and intricacy, fluidity and fracture, sound as uncompromising as ever. [Nov 2011, p.69]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These performances have been rightly cherished by collectors for decades. [Oct 2011, p.54]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Instead of disappearing amid the back stories and deep cuts, the hefty additional content and context only acts as so many glittering foils for the enduring, singular force of their crowning achievement, the album itself. [Apr 2014, p.70]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music has an originality that sounds remarkable even now. [#248, p.52]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it might be hard to hear this music as revolutionary now, there's no denying how commanding and demanding both the tuneful and flat out noisy sections are on modern ears. [Oct 2014, p.70]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Were it only instrumental, Dopesmoker would be some kind of masterpiece. [Aug 2012, p.55]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The original running order is slightly shuffled, but starting with "Raw Power" wasn't such a good idea, as it mostly serves to highlight the way the album sags in its second half. But ending with a roaring "I Got A Right" salvages the set. [Jun 2011, p.48]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So here they are in 2015 with Apex Predator sounding as powerful and uncompromising as their debut. [Feb 2015, p.55]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its complexity, the album is full of ravishing, soulful production and vocals--as catchy and emotionally stirring as it is subversively and intellectually thrilling. [Dec 2012, p.75]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As interesting for what it carries over from the past as for the future it foreshadows. [Feb 2013, p.47]
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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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His verbal style is notable because it avoids typical ragga chat or MC freestyling in favour of an almost literary blend of prose and verse. [#219, p.75]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of loss and longing becomes so physical at points that rather than respond, it's simpler to go with it until the ride ends in a drained silence. [#219, p.72]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is the product of a consistent vision, synthesizing hip-hop's beat architecture and sound manipulation with bespoke funk playing. [Sep 2010, p.50]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burial has transcended his dubstep origins, belonging to a Gothic tradition that takes in Massive Attack and even 4AD at their most grandiosely despondent. [Jan 2008, p.53]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of two mature rap gentlemen throwing it up for one of hiphop's most enduring, if not always endearing, charms: utter immaturity. [Dec 2014, p.54]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As Four Tet, Hebden has devised a musical identity that is distinctly different from his work with Fridge, but both projects share a passion for defying boundaries. [#231, p.60]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A thousand times more exciting in every way than most everything in the air at the moment.... Timbaland's production is frontier staking stuff... [#208, p.58]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hobo Sapiens is a confident and consistently rewarding record, and some of its songs rank alongside Cale's best. [#236, p.56]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No album in hiphop history has been less in need of a padding. [Jun 2014, p.63]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To Be Kind is even moodier and more desolate than 2012's The Seer.... The more structured, traditional tracks don't cut quite as deep, largely because they echo other groups, at times overtly. [May 2014, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is an enriched soundworld, more ambitious than her much discussed debut, Tragedy. [Aug 2013, p.53]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At this moment, Bad As Me might be his best ever. [Nov 2011, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Approaches the psychedelic grandeur of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev at their finest while still offering a wealth of carefully placed sonic detail. [#229, p.71]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given her capacity to align reinvention with a developing maturity, the 13 lucky songs of Stories deliver a complex text. It is certainly less frenetic, as if Harvey is finding new ways to exert her presence. In addition, its thoughtful spaces and pauses suggest room for doubt and manoeuvre. [#202, p.49]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jurado's spare, edgy songs are miniature masterpieces of mood and character. [#229, p.68]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banhart mixes a relaxed bearing and a tense vocal delivery in a fascinating manner. [#245, p.51]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Vespertine commits its magic by daring to go places more obvious and more human than one would have ever expected. [#210, p.52]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is still a sense here of a group magisterially marking time, shying away this time round from any grand, rhetorical, countercultural purpose. [Dec 2007, p.63]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even when the songs aren't motivated by anger or frustration, they have a drive and a momentum that's breathtaking. [#256, p.52]
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