Uncut's Scores

  • Music
For 5,417 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Lowest review score: 10 Let Me Introduce My Friends
Score distribution:
5,417 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Exile itself remains the tour de force it's been since release in May '72. [Jun 2010, p.104]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gaye's music was on the move, but it never moved quite like What's Going On: still seraphic, still turbulent. [Aug 2011, p.95]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Invoking and evoking just about all the spontaneity and scariness that you'd want from rock'n'roll, Tago Mago can offer experiences as spellbinding as the sequence that originally comprised side one ("Paperhouse", "Mushroom", "Oh Yeah"), or can be so extreme that you feel yourself under attack by maniacs.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hills and valleys, warts and all, Complete Columbia is simply a singular, staggering body of work, throwing down challenges in all directions.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all the baubles and padding presented with this definitive edition, the disc you’ll turn to again and again is the one you’ve been playing all your life.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new varnish appears to add little to an already sumptuous-sounding set.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A unique and unlikely moment of retrieval, restoration and renaissance. [Nov 2004, p.98]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    White's willfully basic approach is what gives Van Lear Rose its freshness.... If you thought Rick Rubin's Johnny Cash reinvention was impressive, wait 'til you grab a fistful of this. [Album of the Month, June 2004, p.84]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With hindsight, the Rough Trade album with its seamless mix of folk, blues country, cajun and rock can be seen as the album that launched the phenomenon we would come to know as alt.country. [Feb 2014, p.97]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jaw-dropping. [Jul 2003, p.136]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These commercial frailties have come to be seen, quite rightly, as cultish strengths. But it all goes to make Keep An Eye On The Sky much more than a repository of extraordinary music; it acts as the most thorough and articulate explanation of why Big Star never became superstars.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never did the Pumpkins build more sonically gorgeous than this...For those that haven't plumbed the depths of the Pumpkins catalog, it's a fair brace. [Jan 2012, p.97]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Folk-rock masterpiece of quietly influential Northern miserabilism. [May 2011, p.80]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's blend of whispered poesy, free-form rock, and orchestration, by Jean Claude Vannier, is much celebrated and sampled. this reissue provides a definitive account of its making. [May 2009, p.86]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Smile Sessions fits into no present-day category, context or franchise. [Nov 2011, p.105]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Starts loud, alienated and proudly rockist, and stays right there. [Jan 2012, p. 93]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Guthrie's work here gives birth to social conscience in pop culture, and this 157-track set, gets it all down in the context it deserves. [Dec 2013, p.82]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copper Blue combined Hüsker Dü's passionate intensity with a new, steely pop resolve.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The group's commitment and almost minimalistic sense of repetition resulting in a metal longplayer of unrivaled scope. [Jul 2012, p.96]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though recorded during the same extended sessions, this archival LP is the polar opposite of its fraternal twin: big, bold, vibrantly coloured and laced with sweeping chorus hooks and towering middle eights. In a word, spectacular.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    West is far from rap's deftest lyricist but his neurotic grandstanding is compelling and often pretty funny to boot. [Feb 2011, p.84]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their 1993 debut, remastered by Bob Weston with b-sides and rarities, treads similar--of less self-consciously clever--ground to Crooked rain-era Pavement, with dissonant, spiky guitars piercing surprisingly melodic college radio favorites. [Sep 2011, p.79]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their full engagement in the creative task was never in doubt, and more than 40 years later the result compels close listening. [Apr 2014, p.88]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    R.E.M. were already walking head and shoulders taller than most by now, but Life's Rich Pageant was nevertheless a startlingly great leap forward. [Aug 2011, p.102]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The proof is in the music; it sounds juts great. [Jan 2012, p.98]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a fierce live performance by a band who didn’t always manage to hold things together onstage. It catches Nirvana at maximum intensity, aware of, but not disabled by, the contradictions that tormented Cobain and would eventually tear him asunder.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Terrifically thorough. [Nov 2004, p.131]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two decades on, it remains U2's brightest, darkest, finest hour. [Nov 2011, p.100]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As primers go, it's close to definitive. [Mar 2006, p.112]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Loveless holds it own as one of the great rock albums, period. [Jun 2012, p.90]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LA Woman is at times a raw and bluesy affair, but still one of exquisite taste and judgement. [Feb 2012, p.84]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My Dusty Road is facinating as an archive set. [Oct 2009, p.120]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don't get bands like Blur very often. They deserve great boxsets, and this feels like one. [Aug 2012, p.85]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the transition from imitator to originator, the old boy has made one of his best albums ever. [Oct 2011, p.83]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This year's 'Stankonia.' [Sep 2001, p.96] [Review of UK version]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This slice of weird-rock from a more contented American decade is playful and preposterous in equal measure. [Feb 2009, p.89]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's remarkable... how much of a piece the entire set is, reflecting how skilfully Waits has welded the various tributary styles of his art into a seamless whole. [Dec 2006, p.122]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The three-disc set brings the artist's life and times into sharp focus. [Dec 2012, p.87]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The complete recording reveals many (until-now) hidden delights that we can enjoy in full. [Nov 2008, p.89]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best rapper this country's ever produced, period.... Next to Dizzee Rascal everybody looks pale, uninteresting and irrelevant. [Sep 2003, p.98]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 23-track set--material oft-mired in legal entanglements--which range from hit for others, to darkly melodic deep catalogue gems. Diamond himself provides highly entertaining liner notes. [Jul 2011, p.82]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s more, too much more, to come, but for now, Volume One will do just fine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sumptuous and sprawling, his major label debut comfortably backs up the hype. [Oct 2012, p.86]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Laced with enough blue-eyed longing to make the most diehard Gram Parsons fan weep with wonder and the sort of verbal acuity that would give even Dylanologists pause for thought, Elephant is where the tabloid phenomenon of summer 2001 prove they are no flash in the pan by making a truly phenomenal record. [May 2003, p.94]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the best Raw Power has sounded since it was first humiliating people's turntables in the 1970s.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The larger-than-life Elton of the live stage gets a workout on "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "Benny And The Jets," pounding rockers on the most impressively diverse collection in his catalogued. [Apr 2014, p.91]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Love Below... comprises the most sublime pop music heard on record this year. [Dec 2003, p.118]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An uncommonly thoughtful victory lap, which deserves--and has received--a handsome recorded memorial.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every track is a precision-tooled triumph. [Mar 2012, p.81]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them. [Jun 2004, p.86]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is no better evocation of the dawn of a new, more questing consciousness than Joni's early albums.... Unfortunately, Joni's Jazz Odyssey leads her into less agreeable territory on the double-album Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and Mingus, the tribute album of songs co-written with the late Charles Mingus.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all the stray premonitions of patchouli-scented funk-rock, these are less jazz-rock meltdowns and more muscular free improv sessions, ones which suggest a very different direction from Bitches Brew. [Mar 2013, p.89]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You may well own these already, but the value of this collection is as a portrait of the artist through time, and a compilation of the irresistible outpourings of a man who never really knew who he was. [Nov 2013, p.83]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mesmerising stuff. [Jun 2007, p.99]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever with such pumped up reissues, the original album is still where the value does or doesn't lie. Most of Quadrophenia has stood the test of the decades better than might be expected. [Dec 2011, p.97]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An extraordinary achievement. [Album of the Month, Aug 2005, p.86]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first record in a long while I've wanted to play again immediately after it's finished. [Album Of The Month, April 2002, p.92]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Waits does nothing predictable here, and the structure of even the most forlorn tear-jerker is ambitious and avant-something-or-other. [Co-Album Of The Month, June 2002, p.106]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tough, funky and proud, she sounds like she could have been the new Aretha. [Feb 2004, p.87]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times their lurid romanticism can be an acquired taste... But there's an ambition and articulacy here. [Mar 2005, p.104]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a reminder of his consummate talent, and a place to start George's comeback, it's hard to beat. [Feb 2011, p.93]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A creative triumph out of Mali's darkest hour. [Mar 2013, p.73]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The official line on In Utero is that it's a raw uncomfortable document of a band in turmoil and a songwriter on the edge. That's partly true, but it's also cathartic, invigorating, full of terrific, scabrous pop songs, and a good laugh to boot. [Nov 2013, p.86]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big Boi's absurd--and absurdly dextrous--verbiage knits it all together handsomely. [Sep 2010, p.85]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Untrue is altogether warmer than its predecessor. [Jan 2008, p.87]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This release overcompensates handsomely, delivering 48 sharp, gorgeous-sounding missives that document ensemble brilliance and Petty’s chiming, hook-happy American-everykid songwriting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These 11 tracks, recorded at various locations, also confirm he's more than a neo-classical specialist. [Dec 2013, p.68]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z
    [A] triumphant resurrection. [Nov 2005, p.96]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darkly entertaining, thoughtful and a little threatening, St. Vincent fizzes with enthusiasm and the uncontrollable strangeness of life. [Mar 2014, p.74]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the freshest, most exciting and far-reaching left-field album in years. [Jun 2003, p.102]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neon Golden often comes on like a radical update of New Order's Lowlife period, where mournful guitar songs are integrated into a mesh of clicks, pops, glitches and samples. [Mar 2003, p.96]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Love And Theft was quite unlike any other pop album--apart, that is, from Modern Times, its direct and audacious sequel. [Sep 2006, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is music whose scope, erudition and vitriol makes everything else in this year of exceptional musical timidity seem puny. [Nov 2003, p.106]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Nevermind rocks, it does so extremely. [Oct 2011, p.101]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anglo-Saxon sextet Sweet Sweet Lies dress nasty themes in sweet acoustic melodies and sharp suits. [Mar 2012, p.98]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, it’s fascinating at times to be a witness to the meticulous construction of great music, but the contents of this boxset feel a mite desperate, rather than generous, and the flabbiness of its 11-minute jams is entirely inappropriate for an album that famously doesn’t contain an ounce of fat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In short--a monumental album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fed
    Fed is beautifully excessive, ornamented with dazzling soul/pop arrangements. [Sep 2008, p.114]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hard to believe there will be a better record than Last Exit released this year. [Jul 2004, p.102]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Apple's refinement as a writer that makes this harrowing psychodrama so gripping. [Aug 2012, p.69]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It feels like one of the landmark American albums of the century so far. [Jan 2008, p.86]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [A] breathtaking, virtually flawless album. [Sep 2002, p.104]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finds Muller reviving a lush disco spirit he once discretely discarded. [Jul 2005, p.92]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Concise at 12 tracks, the stylistic coherence seldom fails to engage. [Feb 2007, p.73]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If nothing can quite replicate the excitement of hearing these songs for the first time, the first disc of this double-CD set makes a good job of restating the importance of The Smiths as a singles band.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first disc of 4CD retrospective of their early mid-90s work is an embarrassment of riches. [Feb 2012, p.84]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songwriting of the highest calibre. [Sep 2003, p.104]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don't expect progression from such evident classicists, but there's a new clarity, poise and refinement. [Apr 2004, p.107]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their heaviest to date. [Nov 2005, p.108]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the jigsaw puzzle that is Bob Dylan, The Whitmark Demos are crucial pieces, and it's easy to get lost in the depths, the sheer audacity and beauty, of this music. [Nov 2010, p.107]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic of modern psychedelia. [Jun 2005, p.113]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like any new city, this album may take some getting used to--there's beauty everywhere, but the streets are far from a neat grid. But as you walk them, Holter's genius as a sonic town planner reveals itself. [Sep 2013, p.96]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bad As Me is the sound of a supremely confident artist convening a raucous celebration of his own myth, and is multifariously marvellous. [Nov 2011, p.78]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All are very good indeed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Return To Cookie Mountain sees TV solidifying their more ethereal tendencies into denser compositions. [Aug 2006, p.100]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both adventurous and accessible, a record in love with the obliterating power of sound. [Apr 2003, p.120]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The nostalgic tug of the earlier, dancier singles remains strong, but as a bonus disc of rarities demonstrates, their experimental side is equally compelling. [Mar 2012, p.101]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its initial oddness now just sounds like a ramshackle tryout for what was to follow. [Jun 2012, p.91]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A singular, rhapsodic triumph. [Apr 2007, p.94]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not for the faint-hearted, Damien Jurado is a habit which won't necessarily bring joy to the listener. But once acquired, you will find it hard to kick. [Apr 2003, p.106]