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 Moderat
Lowest review score: 10 This Is Forever
Score distribution:
1,126 music reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, the joy comes from the triumphant, painstaking arrangement that undoubtedly went into the production of tracks like "Power," the aforementioned "All Of The Lights," and the album closing "Lost In The World."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His timing, precision, and craftsmanship in regards to everything having to do with this project has been impeccable. It's not a classic. But it's damn close.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Manages to be both visceral and emotive, sprinkling the dancefloors with tears and sweat. [Mar 2004, p.111]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike their inspirations, they've ditched the Marxist polemics in favor of dance-driven ambiguous tales of fumbled romance. [Jun 2004, p.84]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her most anticipated follow-up is again the most cross cultural jam you'll hear this year. [Sep/Oct 2007, p.129]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an industry flooded with trumpeted artists not worth their weight in salt, Bon Iver's abstract ruminations more than warrant the hype.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While How I Got Over is cut from the same cloth as their last album, the fabric of it is unique to itself. It's dark and tragic in places, but also enlightening and empowering.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive and woozy, brittle yet supple, a twittering, throttling piper of spectral drones. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.126]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This [is] all the Kraftwerk you need, if you didn't need all the Kraftwerk ever made. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.106]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise is not a perfect album, he could have done without the fillers, but it's a perfect listening experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I realized listening to this studio masterpiece is that Phonte, Dwele, and Aloe Blacc are all former MC's with new grown and sexy albums out this year worth purchasing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OST
    Nearly every song here can be called seminal without the slightest flinch. [Oct 2002, p.102]
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band seems more comfortable in the studio than ever. [Aug 2003, p.88]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With an awe-inspiring imagination in tow, Edan drops his own distinct magical mystery tour. [Apr 2005, p.101]
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect album. [Sep 2006, p.143]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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]
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best albums of 2003. [Jul 2003, p.94]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In it’s complete scope, the album contains all the master works we’re usually too scared to expect from a full-length these days.