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
    • 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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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album is plagued by too many predictable bass lines and uninspired samples. [May 2004, p.163]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the moments of bare beauty on such tracks as "Your Cloud" and "Crazy" set Amos apart as a true original. [Dec 2002]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though T3 and Baatin's verbal syncopations punctuate Trinity's big-bottomed sound, their words are consistently trite. [Sep 2002, p.248]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Delivers a spiritual and political message that's both sensual and relevant. [Oct 2003, p.185]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Crackles with anger, energy, and defiance. [Aug 2002, p.156]
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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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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album falters when it ventures out of party mode. [Apr 2003, p.177]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times... Dangerously In Love sounds desperate to reach every demographic. [Aug 2003, p.150]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More solid than spectacular. [Jan 2005, p.83]
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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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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    KRS-One sounds as hungry and passionate as ever.... Unfortunately, a barrage of rigid, same-sounding beats and canned choruses detracts from Attack's effectiveness. [June 2001, p.154]
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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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    • 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
    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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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While she loses herself in Gwen Stefani-like posturing... Furtado masterfully combines Spanish and pop influences in her own unique way. [Jun 2006, p.164]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shockingly, Paris the vocalist is actually listenable; no Gwen Stefani, but better than, say, K-Fed. [Oct 2006, p.151]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All pounding drums and rolling keyboards, this is the Three 6 sound at its most dumbed down. The same could be said for the majority of Walk, which avoids the experimental sounds the group dabbled in on 2005’s "Most Known Unknown" and treads more familiar ground.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eardrum lacks cohesiveness. [August 2007, p.75]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What is missing from Intuition is a balance between the party records and the slow jams. The division displays a lack of cohesiveness that separates the effort from being a great album into just a collection of potential singles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With no real stand out single, All I Ever Wanted will be a hit with Clarkson die-hards, but is unlikely to influence any Top 40 outsiders.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Hilson’s debut is simply okay, not quite the sum of its parts. She has the right juice. Now it’s just a matter of how to keep it flowing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With his latest long player, The Last Kiss, the Yonkers heat spitter’s exquisite rhymes again get lost in an overabundance of boilerplate attempts at hits.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ciara is most comfortable in the nook of choreography-driven tracks....What Fantasy Ride lacks are the career-defining highs of songs like 'Promise' and 'Like a Boy,' songs that were romantic and indelible and altogether original.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For every legitimate contender like 'Arab Money,' there’s mediocre fare such as 'Shoot for the Moon,' where he prattles over a nondescript synth bleat from Danjahandz.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Her fourth, The Element of Freedom, is full of straightforward pleas for affection that are neither outstanding nor run-of-the-mill.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are plenty of dull moments on Level II, but the memorable ones keep the proceedings interesting. [Apr 2003, p.177]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While less preposterous than her second album, The Id, this is still a frustrating piece of work. [June 2003, p.154]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Lovage only works some of the time--the record's sense of humor often trumps its music. [Feb 2002, p.123]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The bigger problem is Paul's unexpectedly anemic production. [June 2003, p.155]
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