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 Drum's Not Dead
Lowest review score: 10 This Is Forever
Score distribution:
1,126 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album one suspects will age extremely well. [Mar/Apr 2008, p.106]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Switching, flexible, rug burn reverberation. Of Montreal’s pretentious compound syllables titillate mind and body, catcalling strangers walking down the street you imagine naked, whose vocabulary is as ripped as the holes in their shirts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Missiles is a true testament to meticulous sonic invention. [Nov/Dec 2008, p.85]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Alpinisms, School of Seven Bells have themselves one of the year’s most intoxicating debuts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Emeritus concludes Scarface’s tenure as one of the genre’s favorite artists actively recording. It’s a depressing thought, yet this is an album that stands proudly among an already hugely influential back catalogue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live, this animal bears really bears it's fangs while at the same time increasing the thoughtful and clever sonics and compositional savvy that puts them in a class above most of their peers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective have proven themselves to be at the forefront of progressive pop, as deadly with their textures as they are with their melodies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future is a pop gem for the young at heart and proof that the duo possesses the serious musical talent needed bring their whimsical musical visions to life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Spirit of Apollo is what happens when the imagination is let out of its cage. Good things happen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devoted fans need not worry, though--the album still holds the melancholic flavor they’ve come to perfect, just with some added twinkling synths, hints at old-school R&B, and a splash of funk for good measure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fantasies has solid musicianship, simple yet poetic and meaningful lyrics, a myriad of melodies, and hooks that are memorable and exciting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good Evening is unbelievably catchy and vintage but at times is weighted down by its own obscurity, sometimes becoming far too much background noise and not enough of an active listen to provide enough distinction between tracks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combine some of the best pipes in the game with Grizzly Bear's newfound comfort in executing the grand & epic, and you've got Veckatimest; a total triumph that threatens to dwarf their own previous "House."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jay Stay Paid is a smooth hip hop ride. It is an effort that should be applauded and J-Dilla is a producer whose contributions will be appreciated from years to come. This album is another piece of evidence that testifies to that truth.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The true brilliance here is what is not done rather than what is. Instead of getting repetitive, drawn out, and maybe even boring, the album concludes itself at a measly yet perfect 11 tracks, clocking in at just under 40 minutes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The guys do an incredible job of combining both the “Diplo” and “Switch” styles with that of Major Lazer, while still paying respect to a genre they clearly love.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Needless to say, for a band only formed in January 2008, not only is this release very ambitious, but also well meticulously well crafted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rated O is relentless enough and mean enough and playful enough to rope us in for 3 albums worth of music.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Whether this is in fact always true is quite debatable, but with Miss Kittin teaming up with The Hacker once more for Two, it seems as though they’re as strong as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A psychedelic journey quite unlike any other that could very well result in the creation of a completely new category of music simply known as Utopia Rap because musically it doesn't get much better than this.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soulsavers continue to challenge themselves and are able to produce a great album musically and lyrically. Overall, the album is cohesive and strong on almost every level.