Uncut's Scores

  • Music
For 5,668 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 Yonder Is The Clock
Lowest review score: 10 Let Me Introduce My Friends
Score distribution:
5,668 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
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    Exile itself remains the tour de force it's been since release in May '72. [Jun 2010, p.104]
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    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]
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    • 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.
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    • 97 Metascore
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    A unique and unlikely moment of retrieval, restoration and renaissance. [Nov 2004, p.98]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jaw-dropping. [Jul 2003, p.136]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    Folk-rock masterpiece of quietly influential Northern miserabilism. [May 2011, p.80]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    The Smile Sessions fits into no present-day category, context or franchise. [Nov 2011, p.105]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Starts loud, alienated and proudly rockist, and stays right there. [Jan 2012, p. 93]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    The proof is in the music; it sounds juts great. [Jan 2012, p.98]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nightclubbing is the album that came to define Jones as the complete performer, in her own way, as singer, muse, actress, alien and androgyne. [Jun 2014, p.90]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    Terrifically thorough. [Nov 2004, p.131]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    Loveless holds it own as one of the great rock albums, period. [Jun 2012, p.90]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    LA Woman is at times a raw and bluesy affair, but still one of exquisite taste and judgement. [Feb 2012, p.84]
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    • 93 Metascore
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    My Dusty Road is facinating as an archive set. [Oct 2009, p.120]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soul Mining is arguably Johnson's defining work: ambitious, strange, exciting. And, 30-odd years on, remarkably fresh. [Aug 2014, p.86]
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    • 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]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    In the transition from imitator to originator, the old boy has made one of his best albums ever. [Oct 2011, p.83]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    This year's 'Stankonia.' [Sep 2001, p.96] [Review of UK version]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    This slice of weird-rock from a more contented American decade is playful and preposterous in equal measure. [Feb 2009, p.89]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The three-disc set brings the artist's life and times into sharp focus. [Dec 2012, p.87]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    The best rapper this country's ever produced, period.... Next to Dizzee Rascal everybody looks pale, uninteresting and irrelevant. [Sep 2003, p.98]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    There’s more, too much more, to come, but for now, Volume One will do just fine.
    • 92 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every track is a precision-tooled triumph. [Mar 2012, p.81]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    An essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them. [Jun 2004, p.86]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    An extraordinary achievement. [Album of the Month, Aug 2005, p.86]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A creative triumph out of Mali's darkest hour. [Mar 2013, p.73]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z
    [A] triumphant resurrection. [Nov 2005, p.96]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    It's the freshest, most exciting and far-reaching left-field album in years. [Jun 2003, p.102]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    It is music whose scope, erudition and vitriol makes everything else in this year of exceptional musical timidity seem puny. [Nov 2003, p.106]
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    • 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]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    It's hard to believe there will be a better record than Last Exit released this year. [Jul 2004, p.102]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    It feels like one of the landmark American albums of the century so far. [Jan 2008, p.86]
    • 89 Metascore
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    [A] breathtaking, virtually flawless album. [Sep 2002, p.104]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songwriting of the highest calibre. [Sep 2003, p.104]
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    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic of modern psychedelia. [Jun 2005, p.113]
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    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both adventurous and accessible, a record in love with the obliterating power of sound. [Apr 2003, p.120]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A singular, rhapsodic triumph. [Apr 2007, p.94]
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    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Almost every tune sounds like a hit. [Dec 2001, p.108]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Excellent and indispensable. [Sep 2011, p.94]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious album. [Mar 2013, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is what The Graceless Age as a whole does so unforgettably, bearing witness to a burning world. [Sep 2012, p.70]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A.'s vivid debut already sounds like a booty-shaking milestone to rank alongside The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. [May 2005, p.98]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    For Emma, Forever Ago is such a hermetically sealed, complete and satisfying album, the prospect of a follow-up--of a life for Vernon beyond the wilderness, even - seems merely extraneous.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Unavailability has also played its part in pumping up the myth – so much so that you wonder if, heard in 2008, these songs stand to disappoint. In fact, key moments of Pacific Ocean Blue square dramatically up to your loftiest expectations.
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    • 100 Critic Score
    The most original debut by a Manchester band since Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Paty People..., maybe even Unknown Pleasures. [Sep 2002, p.116]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He left an enormous amount of music in those 10 years, the bulk of it gathered in this much-needed career overview of the forgotten solipsistic genius of rock’s golden age, in which the strike-outs turn out to be as fascinating as the home runs.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It's Cash, at the top of her game as a singer, who carries the day. [Jan 2014, p.65]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tour de force of intertwined sound and imagery. [Oct 2006, p.117]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    It's the most extraordinary smorgasbord of styles, moods, modes, a far more daring, jolting record than 2001's Essence. [Album of the Month, May 2003, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    The pairing of the wily old tomcat and the classy country thrush turns out as magically in reality as it seemed unlikely on paper.
    • 87 Metascore
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    For all the influences, their voice is uniquely, gently mad. [Mar 2004, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    You won't hear a more humane, moving or mysterious record all year. [Album of the Month, Oct 2003, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of hope and humour and beauty, Phantom Power is frequently as deep and mysterious as the title intimates. [Aug 2003, p.100]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, this is probably the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely has anyone making such exciting and fashionable music been so unapologetic about being mature, too. [Apr 2007, p.97]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    An entirely ravishing aesthetic experience. [Jun 2014, p.76]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An endlessly fascinating maze of sound.... This decade's Endtroducing..., possibly. [Jun 2003, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Where Manu Chao might have smoothed off some of the rough edges during his spell as co-producer, this album positively celebrates those grungier moments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Are We There's subtler songs point to a painfully well-honed understanding of what drives and degrades long-term love. [Jun 2014, p.70]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Fully realised in its ambition, Bon Iver possesses all the austere beauty and understated emotiveness of its predecessor. [Jul 2011, p.81]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's that compassionate vision of song that resonates through Life Is People, as Fay observes the passing of the days with redemption in mind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A riveting debut packed with ideas and invention. [Jul 2003, p.126]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely since the Laurel Canyon heyday of CSNY, Jackson Browne et al, has the confessional mode been quite so unashamedly mined for artistic ore. [Jun 2013, p.68]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The clutch of pre-album demos on LP3 of the boxset reveal how tightly plotted her vignettes were before The Breeders even entered the studio.... The post-Last Splash EPs are manna from heaven for college rock connoisseurs.... The only black mark against LSXX is that the brighter, re-recorded single versions of “Divine Hammer” and “Saints” serve to make the album originals sound a little underpowered.
    • 86 Metascore
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    What's in here finds the band inventive, unfailingly tuneful, and, rather belying the title, mellowing magnificently with age. [Aug 2009, p.87]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    It's like the best music of the '70s compressed under '80s new wave dynamics. [Feb 2005, p.74]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    There is an unassuming brilliance to much that they do and, as ever, We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River is a-bristle with finely-tooled detai.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their music is an intoxicatingly vivid evocation of the mythology of the American west and its Hispanic heritage, and Feast Of Wire lays down an optimistically early marker as one of the albums of the year. [Mar 2003, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album feels disciplined and enormously funky. [May 2012, p.61]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A formidable demonstration of what can still be done with guitars. [Jan 2004, p.114]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the fourth album in a row, they've moved the goalposts, challenging themselves to apply their whooping idiosyncrasies to a new aesthetic framework. [Mar 2014, p.70]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Under the direst circumstances, he has painted his masterpiece. [Album of the Month, Sep 2003, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Tell Tale Signs is awash with evidence of his staggering mercuriality, his evident determination even in the studio to repeat himself as little as possible, re-takes not merely the occasion for refinement, the honing of a song into static finality, but serial re-imaginings.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Haw
    The arrangements are bigger, the language more dense, the symbolism darker. [May 2013, p.72]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This duo's songs are genetic pop mutations, scampering out of control. [Apr 2013, p.73]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Runaway's Diary is a record with hugely impressive depth and emotional range. [Jun 2014, p.79]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Ryan Adams replicates old records, this is something new. [Album of the Month, Feb 2005, p.72]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Third is the most stunning, stark and superb Portishead album yet. [May 2008, p.84]