Tiny Mix Tapes' Scores

  • Music
For 2,678 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Lowest review score: 0 Born This Way
Score distribution:
2678 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smile is quite simply the greatest triumph in the history of pop music.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The beauty of the album rests in Loretta Lynn's exceptional songwriting.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To Pimp a Butterfly requires an extra commitment. Even the most casual attention to the lyrics can unveil the complexity of Lamar’s critique of institutional racism, consumer capitalism, hip-hop culture, justice, and his own choices as an artist, as a black man, and as a human being.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The songs here represent more than just a band; they represent the myth, the sound of “beautiful losers,” as Buck describes them, making good on the promise their sound always presented.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Frequently labeled as a lecherous rogue or public provocateur, Gainsbourg is also one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and this masterpiece is the proof.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Three months in, DAMN. feels like our first Trump-era classic. It’s as bold and as hard and as hopeful as it is bursting with vitriol. It’s as distracting as it is inciting. It’s as cohesive as it is dense.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Black Messiah was crafted painstakingly, that’s evident, but it never sounds labored over. It sounds loose, on fire, and huge, like a truly Christian sermon.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, the artificial pop of The Promise makes it, as a whole, a more realistic album.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The past few years have shown West first-hand what happens when the populace turns against its demagogues, and with Fantasy, he's letting us know that he's ready for our scorn and adulation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dizzying synergy of heavy brains and chemistry, culminating in blissfully fun, irreverent, and engaging brand of record-making magic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Phil presents his thoughts here with stunning candor, using just a laptop and a microphone to capture his characteristically amorphous guitar lines and thin yet comforting balm of a voice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is her second visual album, and Lemonade is best served with the visuals, a semi-autobiographical film with deft dream-logic, a Purple Rain for the internet age. Its waves wash over the political-commercial-aesthetic limits of Beyonce, which at the time of its release felt a generic/political revelation, but now seems watered-down compared to the bittersweet specificity and holler of Lemonade.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a couple of exceptions, the Nicene Creedence Edition is the least essential of Matador’s Pavement compilations. But even with this caveat, the package performs the service of reminding us how good Brighten the Corners still is.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ocean's work is almost as good as those he references; his lyrics are almost uniformly terrific, sensual, specific, and unpredictable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Melodrama overwhelms me. It reaches me at that weird and fragile center.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is plenty here to suggest Lamar has a long career ahead of him. But the album nevertheless falls short of the pedigree his storied elders have set for him, and its status as an all-time classic is far from guaranteed. For the most part, though, good kid is solid.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wilner’s talent lies in revealing the abundance of music locked inside even the smallest fractions of extant recordings.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Illinois certainly isn't perfect, but it does do a couple important things: it proves that Sufjan has the skill and the talent to prove flexible and long-lasting, and that it's not much of a stretch to expect even better albums from him in the future.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best albums of the year, hands down.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an album, London Zoo is simply more engaging. Kevin’s production is intense but club-ready, and the lyrics are righteous and relevant.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sir Lucious is all but hiccup-free, exceptionally consistent in its mad musical mission. Each track on the record is an explosive standalone statement within a greater unifying framework; it's an album, but these songs are pipe bombs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It seems as though the quick release of Untrue restricted Burial from burying his emotions underneath layers of alternatively sparse and overwhelming production as he did on his debut, resulting in an album that instead wears them unabashedly on its sleeve.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    What you can expect is what makes My Morning Jacket tried and true: bigger-than-life lyrics, classic rock swagger, and the need to move forward.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perversion packed with allusions -- forgotten titles, purloined and paraphrased sources, pilfered public records and archives. This is what steeps the songs in American history instead of planting them in psycho wards, clinics, and retirement homes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What emerges is a baroque topography of movement and energy, culled from the explosion of an ultra-specific cultural context outwards, and then back into the dusk.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chance is no longer quite coming from that place of adolescence that was essential to 10 Day and Acid Rap, but on Coloring Book, he doesn’t yet sound comfortably settled into whatever it is that’s supposed to come next.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What keeps Last Exit grounded is the laid-back approach to the vocals and beats.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no such thing as universal appeal, but The Idler Wheel, despite its brittle sound and frequent fury, is galactic, at the very least.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Merriweather, their art reminds us that immersion in Western tropes need not be met with scorn, that not all of its idioms have yet been exhausted, that embracing optimism and melody can still be so relevant--and it aches in the most soulful of ways.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Be Kind launches them further along their trajectory toward this exalted condition, and at its peaks, it witnesses a dawning of an even-more-primary mode of consciousness: love.