Village Voice (Consumer Guide)'s Scores

  • Music
For 223 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smile's post-adolescent utopia isn't disfigured by Brian's thickened, soured 62-year-old voice. It's ennobled--the material limitations of its sunny artifice and pretentious tomfoolery acknowledged and joyfully engaged.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's more bounce-to-the-ounce and less molasses in the jams, more delight and less braggadocio in the raps.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A glorious phantasmagoria of flow.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His adolescent gulps and yowls are street-Brit with a Jamaican liquidity, as lean, eccentric, and arresting as the beats.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No "Ms. Jackson," no "Rosa Parks," no "Bombs Over Baghdad," no "The Whole World" either. Just commercial ebullience, creative confidence, and wretched excess, blessed excess, impressive excess.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Strokes' privileged formalism is annoying, so too their delight in romantic dysfunction. But they're smarter than the playa haters who aren't smart enough to target these blatant shortcomings.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album radiates positive energy, and in today's alt, that's a precious thing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's plenty of detail, and feeling too--not just anger, tenderness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    And that's how the album goes--too fond of drama, but aware of its small place in the big world, and usually beautiful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Charming, civilized, childish, Kieran Hebden imagines an aural space in which electronic malfunction is cute rather than annoying or ominous.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Young people who think Kraftwerk were more important than the Ramones are free to satisfy their craving for the neu with this retreat into simplicity. But even Radiohead and Mouse on Mars contain more chaos.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even the "jazz" and "punk" cuts are good for a few laughs -- total losers are rare indeed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If Nirvana and Robert Johnson are rock's essence for you, so's To Bring You My Love. But if you believe the Beatles and George Clinton had more to say in the end, this could be the first PJ album you adore as well as admire.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although the album is definitely loud, it's also raw, with no hint of the symphonic, yet at the same time it's a melodic highlight of an honorably tuneful catalog.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Something much bigger than last year's Girls Can Tell, the breakthrough album skeptics like me took for a fluke peak.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Reduced to a tuneful 18-song essence that watches too much television, their mildness seems diverting and their Englishness definitive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Not only is his willingness to express emotion commoner than indie denizens imagine, his failure to undercut that emotion with irony or humor is a spiritual weakness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The stories are as vivid, brutal, and thought-out as any noir.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only does he create a unique role model, that role model is dangerous--his arguments against education are as market-targeted as other rappers' arguments for thug life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Throughout they succeed in rendering Southern gothic as social realism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Class warfare meets gangsta-rock.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A band record, a groove record, a riff record; something lowdown, dirty, smoky.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A thematically linked work where some of the sonic landscapes were entrancing (although not warm).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They've found it in their talent to put black music's long tradition of tune and structure into practice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No other Brazilian composer defies cultural boundaries so eloquently.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This literature with power chords addresses not only the crucial matter of vanishing bohemias as cultural myth but also the crucial matter of re-emerging spiritualities as cultural fact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their tunes have always seemed too facile, but seven years divided by three albums doesn't equal glib, especially with those years deepening their lyricism rather than their cynicism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rarely do the settings distinguish themselves.... But a distinct voice delivering noticeable verbal content is a setting too--that's why you notice the content.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's that Ramones sense that songs should be short like life, and that XTC sense that songs should be complicated like life.