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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Family and Friends
Lowest review score: 10 This Is Forever
Score distribution:
1126 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
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    With positive vibes along the lines of fellow Brits The Kinks, Konk flows cohesively and is easy and pleasant to listen to all the way through (which is very hard to say for most full-lengths in this era of hit singles).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    M.I.A.'s singsong cadence is both child-like and streetwise, perfectly mirroring the smiley-faced menace of the electro-informed palpitations behind her. [Mar 2005, p.113]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the scattered feel of the album, its individual components are undeniably solid and easy to listen to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Immolate Yourself picks up exactly where they left off, with a sound much more mature and textured--coming complete with its owned imagined world--fully equipped with freeform dynamism of a celestial and delicate styling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hip-hop, soul, reggae and other influences are skillfully interwoven into a consistently strong whole.... An engaging, intelligent album. [#82, p.146]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    King as album title is ambitious and King as album finds T.I. firm-footed in his role as such. [May 2006, p.95]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it's a letdown to revisit [the five EP cuts] in place of new material, "Those Were the Days," "My England" and "Love Me or Hate Me" make up for it largely. [Oct 2006, p.115]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Modest protest songs, lack of money and painful love is the platform on Good Things. He deals with hardship in an uplifting manner and with smart lyrics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imagine Four Tet with a band instead of a laptop and you're getting close. [Jan 2004, p.78]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simon Green stands with a select group of musicians who have been consistent in both quantity/quality output of this type of introspective music. Bonobo's Black Sands is an album that should not be missed and is undoubtedly one of the most superior releases of this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is something uniquely authentic about Mason's music. [Mar 2006, p.114]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As emo-tastic as Threes is, it merely sizzles in ways their debut singed. [Oct 2006, p.128]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each track on Seventh Tree is a picture that stands alone, but in its entirety the record works as a landscape decorated with guitars and pianos spread over hills of upbeat drums as strings and woodwinds line the sky in the background.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The production is fantastic, De La go in with the lyrics and Flosstradamus tied everything together perfectly though.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like much of the dark electronic pop that's come before WhoMadeWho's latest, the drive behind the music is the key to success.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas past Wu albums have been scorned for their filler, Meth, Ghost and Rae leave plenty on the chopping block this time around, only allowing the best of the best to make the cut on Wu-Massacre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Shining stands as a combination of Dilla's best sides. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.130]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Brothers reach unmistakable heights of blood pressure... but also deliver slow, melodic goodies. [Oct 2006, p.118]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    British Sea Power have shown their competence and achieved another level of musical integrity--the album, perhaps best enjoyed when paired with the film, nonetheless holds its ground as a standalone product, expanding the mise-en-scène of the film enormously and contributing to the documentary (if perhaps problematic) legacy of Robert Flaherty’s work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experienced as a whole, Condors is a multi-course meal that features some familiar dishes and some foreign with ingredients that require a bit of acclimation-but they're all delicious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experiencing multitudes of brief bangers is a rare treat. [Mar 2006, p.113]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both a return to form and a major step forward. [Dec 2005, p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Albarn claims this album is a letter to the London of today, but it's impossible not [to] get swept into the grandfatherly smell that permeates every number. [Dec 2006, p.127]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This live album may provide an aperitif for those who've never seen the band perform. [May/June 2008, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black thrives on his own, finding strength in lyrical risk-taking that ultimately makes the Milk name ring thicker and sweeter than ever before. [Nov/Dec 2008, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    9th [Wonder]'s impassioned beatwork's sole shortcoming is there's not enough of it, as this album runs less than 40 minutes. [Apr 2004, p.83]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They still manage to inject their manic bursts of beats with gentle, even sweet melodies immersed deep in the cacophony. [May 2005, p.84]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the same basic elements--classic synth leads, intricately pulsing rhythms and pop vocal stylings--are back again for It's All True, but for this album the screen is completely gone, and Junior Boys are as front and center as they've ever been.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] full clip of club bangers and radio rockers. [Mar 2004, p.108]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Yours Truly, Angry Mob, Kaiser Chiefs grow up, dig in and get utterly serious, albeit in a pogo-hopping, decadent British way. [Apr 2007, p.105]
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