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 Play
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Imperfect, definitely. But only because perfection is on the table.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It fleshes out its cohesive narrative and cogent ideas with beats that respect the spare antipop ethos without abjuring such wayward rhythm elements as femme chorus, bass-drum-whoop jam, and $20 synth loop.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are pop songs in the sense that they deliver their payloads in 90 seconds. But they're also confessional, dark, downtempo--and, OK, a little gauche sometimes, which just makes them seem realer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their best album in a decade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even the "jazz" and "punk" cuts are good for a few laughs -- total losers are rare indeed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its avant parts are more listenable--nay, beautiful--than anything on Washing Machine if not A Thousand Leaves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The overall effect is less grand than that of Endtroducing six years ago, popper and rocker and r&ber. But an overall effect there is, grounded in Shadow's trademark-tremendous bass 'n' drum.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A singer's record.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    She scores over and over on 14-tracks-in-72-minutes that miss maybe twice and only seem long-winded when she gives the flautist some.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their beats beat Stetsasonic's.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But though the blues and gospel and more gospel testify not just for song but for body and spirit, they wouldn't shout anywhere near as loud and clear without the mastermind's ministrations--his grooves, his pacing, his textures, his harmonies, sometimes his tunes...
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music on this feisty, funny rap album isn't new--just irresistible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album moves the way you always hope jungle will, like a cross between a tiger and a snake, yet it's also a kind of mix record, with five showcases for Reprazent's serviceable MC Dynamite, who's as useful as the inevitable Method Man in the crucial matter of providing rap sounds. Size has his own Chaka, too. Her name is Onallee, and she takes the record out.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Funny, catchy, clever, and irreverent past his allotted time.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Disable your prejudgment button and you'll hear a work of art whose immense entertainment value in no way compromises its intimations of a pathology that's both personal and political, created by one of those charming rogues you encounter so much more often on the page...
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sleater-Kinney... go for defiant uplift and seem energized by the challenge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mood music, maybe. How to be conscious and happy at the same time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The clarity, economy, and devastating detail of the man's rapping and rhyming are a benison, turning the spare beats he favors into an ascetic aesthetic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Robert's songs more tuneful in their maturity, Grant's more atmospheric, they punch 'em all up to make a stronger impression than on their comeback album.
    • 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
    The stories are as vivid, brutal, and thought-out as any noir.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His comic timing and mixture of slangs--not to mention his musical conception... are all so much more fully developed that he's actually made a record that's fun to play in the background.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His lesser songs would be dookie gold on an ordinary undie-rap album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Without resorting to anything so obvious as a hook she manages to maintain continuity and interest over an hour-plus of poetry-with-funk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lyrics swirl around sensibly and the formidable tunesmithing never goes down the drain.