Urb's Scores

  • Music
For 1,126 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Sound Of Silver
Lowest review score: 10 This Is Forever
Score distribution:
1,126 music reviews
    • 95 Metascore
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    To call Stankonia the album of the year would be easy. It would also be somewhat incomplete. The Atlanta duo's fourth album is more than simply a great record; it's a complex tome that enmeshes contemporary hip-hop values with a timeless Southern soul, while pushing the envelope damn near off the table. [#79, p.134]
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    Amazing new music from Shields.... The perfect soundtrack to a brilliant movie. [Dec 2003, p.89]
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    OST
    Nearly every song here can be called seminal without the slightest flinch. [Oct 2002, p.102]
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    Lerche has a pop manual the size of the OED, and he's not the least bit bashful about using it. [Apr 2004, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Silent Alarm doesn't just maintain Bloc Party's post-dance-punk appeal, it blows the fucking lid off. [Apr 2005, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Quasimoto is Madlib at his most creative and compelling. [May 2005, p.83]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    This [is] all the Kraftwerk you need, if you didn't need all the Kraftwerk ever made. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.106]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    The Campfire Headphase is enough of a genre bender to finally introduce this music to a well-deserved new audience. [Dec 2005, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Unequivocally recommended for the open-minded among us. [Apr 2006, p.86]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    The best thing about the second Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is the fact that it defies expectations, yet seems like the perfectly logical next step for such an adventurous band. [Apr 2006, p.81]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    The first truly great album of the dance-punk movement. [Sep 2006, p.132]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    A perfect album. [Sep 2006, p.143]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    The vocals are where Murphy has developed the most, trading in his Mark E. Smith yelp for various crooning styles. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.75]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    An album this undeniably imaginative, consistent and immersive comes as a wonderful surprise and proof that maybe music isn't as lost as it seems. [Apr 2007, p.107]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    Dance Mother is musical pixie dust illuminated by a warm neon glow. There is a great sense of magic and wonder in Telepathe’s music, their chirping, fairy-like, multi-tracked vocals providing a feeling of childlike awe.
    • 82 Metascore
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    If The Horrors began as a Halloween novelty, Primary Colours is like a twisted ending right out of the Twilight Zone--a hype beast that turned out to be a real monster.
    • 77 Metascore
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    This is heady material, but it’s also extremely beautiful and catchy, and picks up right where each of their respective solo careers left off.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Given their experience writing and producing for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Brittney Spears, it stands to reason why Miike Snow is such an irresistibly captivating album.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The Norwegian maestro of disco, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, teams up again with Christabelle (also known as Solale), and together they craft a masterful 10-song pop album.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Either allow this the dignity of being played through a quality sound system or go invest in a pair of Beats by Dres. This is far less an album than a cinematic experience.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Though adhering to this formula/non-formula, this self-produced long-time-comin' sophomore release relies on an even more augmented eclecticism than their 2004 guitar-driven Future Perfect (not better or worse, just OK Computer to The Bends differences).
    • 78 Metascore
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    The cumulative results of his efforts are a masterpiece both dark and striking. Dear is putting forth an open invitation to tour these shadowed places of his imagination, and this is one offer too good to miss.
    • 83 Metascore
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    While many of Cave and Co.'s albums celebrate redemption and salvation after an emotional battering, Grinderman 2 is about release, musically and otherwise – what else would you expect from a photo of a rabid wolf about to piss on then or tear a hole in someone in an opulent house?!
    • 80 Metascore
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    What Sufjan did in The Age of Adz is so beautiful and rich and complicated; he ended up telling the story of what life is for so many people who just end up turning the gears of the larger machine.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Bleak and beautiful, Family & Friends is an absolute beast.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The Golden Age of Apocalypse has an extremely rich and cosmic-like atmosphere, making you instantly reach for the repeat button. Stephen Brunner is no more a sideman; he's a solid jazz cat that doesn't need to jerk off with his bass wizardry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The self-reflective vocals... are an insightful change, while the slow-boiling builds on "Mind In Rewind" will simply make you want to buy your 303 back off eBay. [Nov 2003, p.87]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    It's the album many heads wished Lauryn Hill had come back with instead of that weepy acoustic exercise. [Mar 2003, p.94]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    Touching Down evokes the unique funk sensibilities that made his seminal V Records and Full Cycle tracks so damn fresh, while giving you the sense that England's Bristolian isn't returning to anything, since he never left it behind to begin with. [Dec 2002, p.87]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Adult. have fully realized their vision with a sound that's more alive and panoramic. [#104, p.95]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    While its hardly an overwhelming masterpiece like Blue Lines or Protection, it still stands head and shoulders above most everything else. [Mar 2003, p.95]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    She's made her Marvin Gaye album, a sweet collection of dreamy, reggae-kissed gems. [Dec 2003, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    A densely brilliant sonic template. [June 2002, p.102]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    Evidence that these musical minds are sharper than ever. [Jun 2004, p.87]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    This is an album that seeks to push boundaries, and succeeds. [May 2004, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Easily one of the best albums of 2003. [Jul 2003, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    This record sounds like nothing else in your collection. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    The band seems more comfortable in the studio than ever. [Aug 2003, p.88]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Their sound is an interesting polyglot, one as easily accessible to dance minimalists and brown corduroy-wearing emo boys, and with nary a compromise. [Apr 2004, p.86]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Majestic, glorious and not like much else you've ever heard before.... A strong contender for Album of the Year. [Mar 2004, p.107]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Immersive and woozy, brittle yet supple, a twittering, throttling piper of spectral drones. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.126]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Worthy of being considered among the year's finest. [Dec 2004, p.106]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Nasty and raw. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.97]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Manages to be both visceral and emotive, sprinkling the dancefloors with tears and sweat. [Mar 2004, p.111]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Unlike their inspirations, they've ditched the Marxist polemics in favor of dance-driven ambiguous tales of fumbled romance. [Jun 2004, p.84]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    The distorted pop ambience of Outside Closer could very well make these Brits the Notwist of 2005. [Mar 2005, p.118]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    It's hugely ambitious, and yet also perhaps Ladd's most focused record yet. [Mar 2005, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    Prefuse 73 has defiantly asserted himself as one of the most important artists of his generation, ignoring boundaries and creating a landscape that recognizes hip-hop's original "anything goes" ethos. [Apr 2005, p.99]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    They posses a talent for identifying the raw, emotive aspects of sound and speech in random statements and simple chord progressions. [Apr 2005, p.101]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    With an awe-inspiring imagination in tow, Edan drops his own distinct magical mystery tour. [Apr 2005, p.101]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Lewd and wonderful. [Apr 2005, p.103]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    It's an unusual back-and-forth that delivers rapturous results on the seven piece band's sophomore record Own Your Ghost.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kindness sounds like the work of someone given one month to live, as Snaith lays down dozens of musical ideas into an album that will constantly keep you guessing what's next. [May 2005, p.84]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Brilliant.... This album sounds like Albarn and Danger Mouse are an inspired team. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.101]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    [A] well-programmed compilation. [Jun 2005, p.79]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    Truly strange and beautiful. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.102]
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    • 61 Metascore
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    It all adds up to the effect of watching American Graffiti while plugged into a morphine drip. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.105]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    To call these songs ambitious would be an understatement. [Oct 2005, p.76]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Seductive, lovely and OK to like. [Mar 2006, p.116]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    An astonishingly relevant album. [Mar 2006, p.112]
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    • 69 Metascore
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    With Both Sides Of The Gun, Harper proves he's prolific, diverse and relevant. [Apr 2006, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Untouchable. [Jun 2006, p.117]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    An ass-kicking sophomore effort. [Mar 2006, p.111]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    This rocking trio is so good, we don't even care that it made a plethora of best-of-2005 lists--it'll end up on our rocking list for the '06. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.132]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wolfmother might not be the most original band on the planet, but they rock hard and, most importantly, without a trace of irony. [May 2006, p.91]
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    • 55 Metascore
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    Radio 4 borrow, like everyone else, but they had the idea to borrow before most on the map. [Jun 2006, p.114]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An irresistible mix of soul, rock and attitude. [May 2006, p.91]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Daedelus weaves his sounds into an intricate sonic tapestry that pleases the ears while stimulating the brain. [Jun 2006, p.110]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    This is an amazing, innovative, storytelling record that takes you on [a] fantastic, fun trip. [Oct 2006, p.118]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    At the same time you contort, squirm and surge toward the non-music, your spirit somehow gets the message. [Oct 2006, p.132]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Triumphant. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.130]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    Ys
    She surpasses the level of comparatively hook-heavy songwriting set with The Milk-Eyed Mender by evoking a dramatic weight people will still be talking about years down the line. [Nov 2006, p.137]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    Magic Numbers have pushed their abilities while keeping their strong points on performance and substance. [Mar 2007, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    This time the focus is on tight songwriting, sudden chagnes and an edgy velocity that's never too dense. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.79]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    [The band has] gotten down to the more important work of constructing airtight grooves with just enough weirding-out to show their legion of followers that it takes more than a drummer with good 16th-note skills to rock this party right. [Mar 2007, p.96]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    Strap on your seatbelt, 'cause you never been on a ride like this befo.' [Jan/Feb 2006, p.78]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    A fierce vision quest of psychedelic riffs 'n' roll that manages to sound like hard rock, shoegazer and new rave all within the same song, yet never feeling forced or false. [Mar 2007, p.98]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    An album more raw than an infected, 10-day-old open head wound. [Apr 2007, p.102]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    A must-have for true J Dilla fans. [Apr 2007, p.104]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    You'd have to hate life not to eat this long-awaited, sugar-coated anthology up. [Mar 2007, p.98]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    23
    It's a beautiful collection of songs, cinematic and powerful, never pushy. [Apr 2007, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    [Security] delivers a treasure trove of eclectic beats, energetic sounds, political musings and agreeable voices that come together in a perfect musical statement. [Mar 2007, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Every song on the 52-minute masterpiece builds and bridges until everything self-destructs and the only thing left to do is dance. [May 2007, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Her most anticipated follow-up is again the most cross cultural jam you'll hear this year. [Sep/Oct 2007, p.129]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    The anonymous producer behind the work of Burial is letting his dubstep sounds progress and on his impressive sophomore album he can be found chasing the transient hints of beauty to be found in the confines of urban desolation.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The Big Doe Rehab, is predictably entertaining, not because he doesn’t have new tricks, but because at this point his weirdness is hardly surprising.
    • 72 Metascore
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    They finally deliver on the big promise everyone saw in what they might do with the raw sounds of that first LP. [Jan/Feb 2008, p.102]
    • 81 Metascore
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    Cold and sweet all at once while perched atop a reef of moody Krautrock, Let the Blind Lead has a progression that melts more than it floats.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Beside their standalone sharp sensationalism, 'Heavy Heart' and 'The Band Marches On' breast a melodic acuity that begs to be ripped and shredded into anthemic dancefloor permutations.
    • 75 Metascore
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    An album one suspects will age extremely well. [Mar/Apr 2008, p.106]
    • 86 Metascore
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    The songs are expertly arranged and succinct, staying away from the lengthy workouts of most of his DFA contemporaries. [Jul/Aug 2008, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    It's hard to leave your comfort zone, especially with unrealistically high expectations, but the band successfully redefines itself without alienating their core audience. Welcome back, guys.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe that's how we need to view this record--a little less anxious in our anticipation and balanced out with a little more enjoyment. Then, it just might be a classic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A bit more variance in terms of these aspects would have rounded everything out. Other than that minute observation, The Sun & The Neon Light is a fantastic album.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, thoughtful, and musically brilliant, the album runs like a concept album about life experiences should...beginning, middle, end; all equally interesting and exciting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result of that little informal challenge is Fortress Around My Heart, the Norwegian singer’s debut album that expertly blends her throaty punk vocals with an infectious pop sensibility.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Game pairs that unabashed love with swirling ideas and concepts that elevate the record to an easy contender for album of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hawk is Howling is Mogwai at its best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Science expands the band’s already-vast palette that continues to defy and recontextualize any definition of a “rock” band.