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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Marshall Mathers LP
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 290
290 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the songs of sadness and anger that work best.... But her club-anthem ambitions fall short here. [Oct 2003, p.180]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is a tapestry of reggae, rock, jazz, gospel, and pop, loosely assembled on the duo’s signature bass-and-rim-shot skeleton.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On their major debut, The Platform, Dilated Peoples try to approach the line between commercial success and underground maintenance.... In the process, the group achieves mixed results.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if it doesn't always work, this is as imaginative an approach to hip hop production as the underground has ever generated. [June 2003, p.157]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Reanimation's cross-pollination of high-level lyricism, trunk-rattling beats, heavy-metal riffs, and hard-core vocals makes for a rousing listening experience. [Sep 2002, p.244]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not since Aqua has a group of cartoon-fixated, stylistically scatterbrained lunatics sounded so entertaining. [Feb 2002, p.121]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Returns to the time-tested dancehall verities. [Sep 2004, p.232]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outside the beats, the other surprise of Kamikaze is Twista's more worldly and thoughtful subject matter. [Mar 2004, p.184]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though Nightmare doesn't match their classics, you can definitely call this a comeback. [Aug 2004, p.146]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A supremely confident dance record that also illustrates Spears's development as a songwriter. [Jan 2004, p.126]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A consistently sold album. [Apr 2004, p.163]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The only downside is that all the tracks sound similar. [Oct 2004, p.186]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Legitimizes the D12ers as much more than simply Eminem's funky bunch. [Jun 2004, p.157]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are plenty of surprises on Suit. [Oct 2004, p.184]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While he excels in clever jousting, Banks lacks range and storytelling ability. [Jul 2004, p.136]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You don't even need to be strung out in a dark room full of beautiful strangers to enjoy it. [June 2001, p.158]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A far cry from the pleasing pubescent fluff of her formative years. [Aug 2004, p.139]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    11 frenetic, oddball, and extremely original tracks. [Jun 2004, p.154]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Classic Mariah--for better or worse. [Feb 2003, p.137]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Doom satiates as both a producer and a lyricist. [Jan 2005, p.84]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here Nas is on autopilot, churning out uniformly solid but unexceptional material. [Oct 2004, p.183]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well-crafted... offers a continuation of Quality's attempt to expand rap's topical terrain. [Oct 2004, p.185]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A taut, albeit less explosive, album. [Apr 2005, p.166]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At times, he overreaches. [Jun 2005, p.158]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Evans can still finesse the notes. But instead of continually pushing her sound into the future, she often backtracks, covering much of the same ground as her previous offerings. [Jun 2005, p.156]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When at his best, Banner creates powerful American folk music. [Sep 2005, p.231]
    • 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]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Contrary to the disc's title, however, Foxx grinds out by-the-numbers do-me anthems. [Mar 2006, p.188]