Uncut's Scores

  • Music
For 5,791 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Dear Heather
Lowest review score: 10 Let Me Introduce My Friends
Score distribution:
5,791 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With martial trumpets, cheap-sounding Farfisa organs and raspy baritone saxes, there are certainly nods toward Ethiopiques legends like Mulatu Astatke or the Wallas Band, tracks like "Rite Of The Ancients" and "Golden Dunes" add a rugged garage rock, and riff-based funk of "Black Venom" has a breakbeat that's just begging to be sampled by a bright hip hop producer. [Nov 2010, p.83]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is, at 78 tracks, quite a meal. But fine work lies within. [May 2011, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is Clark, now in his 72nd year, as the rumpled poet of American folk-blues, imparting these semi-brisk, string-driven tales with his own unique brand of sad, funny, dry wisdom.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is not only Wild Beats' finest album to date, but one of the best you're likely to hear all year. [Jun 2011, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To devotees, however, it sounds very much like a second masterpiece: a different kind of epic to "Ys," and one with enough hooks and charms to ensnare at least a few Newsom agnostics. [Apr 2010, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band sounds re-energised by an idea of the city, the marketplace, pop ambition. [May 2005, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While I’m not sure Veckatimest is the huge improvement on Yellow House that some blogs claim it to be, it’s unquestionably a lovely record and it deserves to be heard on land, sea, indoors and out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This new 23-track compilation, cherry-picking the back catalogue from 1989's "Box Elder" through to 1999's "Terror Twilight," might help resolve the band's final enigma. [Apr 2010, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, as a whole, Bitte Orca feels nothing less than a modern equivalent to Talking Heads' Fear Of Music or Scritti's Cupid & Psyche 85 –art-rock with intellectual rigour, borderless curiosity, and no fear of the mainstream. Pop, by any other name.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A finely crafted record, whose artfulness is mediated by informality. [Oct 2014, p.69]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In this live setting, fascinatingly, the brutality to which the songs are subjected only serves to underscore their poignancy. [Dec 2005, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Great by Smith's standards. Practically genius by everybody else's. [Feb 2004, p.74]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a departure from previous Lanegan solo LPs... This time, Lanegan is looser, open to both experimentation and, once more, full-on rock. [Sep 2004, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a record that manages to sound deeply affectionate without being sentimental. [Jun 2013, p.70]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is also a brave, compelling record that stands shoulder to shoulder with the Manics’ best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phosphorescent has followed 2010's country-rock homage Here's To Taking It easy with an equally magnificent beast, mixing country jams with claustrophobic electronica and mournful Mariachi horns to create a beautiful but discomforting album. [Apr 2013, p.74]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounding like a highly-evolved amalgam of their entire output--with added surprises--the beauty of this 12th album lies in its head-spinning diversity. [Oct 2006, p.134]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sextet's second effort is both an expression of their anarcho-punk fury and a declarartion of straight-edge commitment, but it's also a radical redrawing of hardcore's boundaries, that reanimates the genre with an aggressively intelligent jolt. [Nov 2008, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Airing Of Grievances is one of the smartest, most joyous records in an age, channelling the spirit of other too-clever-by-half suburban punks from The Replacements to Nirvana and adding a dash of felllow New Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen's eye for detail. [MAr 2009, p.87]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intermittently funny and never depressing, this confirms him among America's greats. [May 2005, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In short, it needs a rigorous editor. [Feb 2005, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spare, beautiful, outstanding. [Jul 2003, p.128]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a record of rare beauty and poise. [Nov 2003, p.107]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that pores over the passing and the past with such defiant, deadpan nobility. [Feb 2012, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Finn’s writing is sharper than ever, the various narratives driven less by the wordy exposition of yore than acute observation, devastating detail, by turns exclamatory, epigrammatic and grainily authentic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ys
    For the 56 minutes that "Ys" lasts, all the doubts evaporate. Every elaboration has a purpose, every labyrinthine melodic detour feels necessary rather than contrived. Tempting as it is to fixate on the gilded reputations of her associates, this is unequivocally Newsom’s album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He's made one of the great albums of modern Americana, and one suspects that a reluctant star is born.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Askew's voice and tiple remain distinctively sui generis, as does the air of fairytale enchantment about his songs of children's dream, birds and fishes, city streetlife, blue-eyed babies and brown-eyed boys. [Oct 2013, p.61]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly exhilarating 50 minutes of music. [Dec 2003, p.122]
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