The Wire's Scores

  • Music
For 941 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 1 point 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 941
941 music reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Finding Iggy as confused as ever, Beat 'Em up ranks alongside New Values and Blah, Blah, Blah as yet another missed opportunity. (#209, p.60)
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Uncomfortable deliery and thin lyrical content suggest that utilising vocals isn't their strong suit. [#223, p.69]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    "Miss Lucifer"... [is] the first of many tracks on Evil Heat that cross rock 'n' roll and electro, only to get Sigue Sigue Sputnik. [#223, p.61]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A collection of slow, moody pieces whose unexceptional nature is made more frustrating by the occasional flashes of inspiration. [#206, p.77]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Without the strength of material to prompt the question of whether Byrne should be taken at face value or not, the songs on Look Into The Eyeball simply glide by unobtrusively, and Byrne's romantic sentiments start to sound like Paul McCartney at his blandest. [#208, p.53]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Mosaic Thump lives up to its name only too well, displaying a fragmentary mess of rhyming schemes, contributing artists and leaden beats. [#199, p.45]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's faceless, airbrushed production takes you back to the dead days of 1970s AOR radio. [#220, p.66]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    MBM's wholehearted embracing of the familiar is stronger than ever, erasing any freshness or innovation, and cancelling out all distinguishing features. [#226, p.72]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What might have been an interesting exploration of Industrial Lite Pop gets spoiled time and again by badly rewired breakbeats and fussy electronic background chatter. [#201, p.66]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Intermittently pretty, massively inconsequential. [#215, p.69]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    [By "We Dream Free"] it all starts to loosen up and swing a bit more. But even here it ends up treading water. [#269, p.42]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only after wading through the swamp to the final three tracks do we get anything approaching sincerity, albeit of a cloying kind. [Oct 2007, p.55]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    He's frozen in time, still rapping in an emaciated wheeze and overemphasizing his emotionless and cringe-inducing wordplay. [Aug 2011, p.69]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A series of one-dimensional tracks, produced by Dean Hurley, that at their best sound like a karaoke outsider artist running though some vocal exercises. [Aug 2013, p.54]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A dull, clunky, unjustifiably smug AOR rock album: no more, no less. [#243, p.71]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    This is drivel inflated to whole new levels of bombast. [#235, p.72]