Vibe's Scores

  • Music
For 290 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Naked Truth
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 290
290 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it lacks the element of surprise, The Day After secures Twista's star status this time around. [Nov 2005, p.148]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While The E.N.D may be the farthest The Black Eyed Peas have ventured outside traditional hip hop, the final product proves the group is best at creating their own conventions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    He's winking, sure, but this time it's through real tears. [Apr 2007, p.134]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While k-os's antimaterialist ranting can wear thin at times, Joyful Rebellion builds and improves on the rich, organic, live sound that made his debut, Exit, such a left-field hit. [Nov 2004, p.162]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A supremely confident dance record that also illustrates Spears's development as a songwriter. [Jan 2004, p.126]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those looking for timeless music on Pray IV Reign may find their prayers unanswered. But if you’re one of Jones’ longtime disciples, Capo’s got you covered.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The disco ball might be unplugged, but Summer still shines. [July 2008, p.61]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a few failed revolutionary anthems, DP still has enough verbal ammunition to ignite the mind. [Feb 2006, p.130]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though not as raw as the original versions, due mainly to the sometimes overly polished production of her sons Donto James and Sametto James, Etta's raw voice alone helps to retain the melancholy moods of these tales of lost love, strife, and movin' on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there’s something the gifted singer-songwriter might want to learn, though, it’s the art of writing more memorable song lyrics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Acey's rhymes are consistently top-notch, the soundcraft here goes astray at times. [Aug 2003, p.154]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Five albums in, the Keys' reference points stay the same--Hendrix, Zeppelin, White Stripes--as their sound, now produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse, grows even bigger. [May 2008, p.74]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Comes off likea rave-era update of Van Morrison's blue-eyed soul. [Feb 2003, p.138]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An optimistic and heartfelt album. [Aug 2002, p.165]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not since Aqua has a group of cartoon-fixated, stylistically scatterbrained lunatics sounded so entertaining. [Feb 2002, p.121]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well-crafted... offers a continuation of Quality's attempt to expand rap's topical terrain. [Oct 2004, p.185]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are plenty of surprises on Suit. [Oct 2004, p.184]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Busta again shows the versatility of his flow, but it's the complexity of the words that may surprise you. [Jan 2003, p.127]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A consistently sold album. [Apr 2004, p.163]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ray Ray hits more than it misses in its celebration of a time when George was making the mothership connection and Marvin just wanted to get it on. [Nov 2004, p.160]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ozomatli's joyful beats... pulse with defiance. [Apr 2007, p.132]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rising Down bangs like no Roots work since their popular, populist breakthrough "Things Fall Apart." [June 2008, p.65]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though Comfort Woman does not match the rebellion of past efforts, its overall joy is infectious. [Dec 2003, p.214]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Usher's back at ya with a consistent third album that has a good chance of staying afloat in a marketplace overflowing with crooning R&B clones. [Sep 2001, p.235]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though So Amazin' is ripe with sexuality, it's also a surface-dwelling effort devoid of any profound insights. [May 2006, p.137]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Makes a fair case that few hip hop beat men can match the prolific musical canon of the RZA. [Dec 2003, p.214]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Subpar sonically... Red Light doesn't push toward something greater. [Feb 2005, p.138]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While a few of these efforts fail in the funk department, the album never sounds derivative. [Sep 2005, p.230]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More solid than spectacular. [Jan 2005, p.83]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its trippy promise, the album sometimes falters because of Quaye's quirky, self-indulgent lyrics. [Apr 2001, p. 170]
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