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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Class warfare meets gangsta-rock.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In a bad time for young guitar bands, including many barely forgettable ones lumped under the trade name "emo," these ambitious yowlers are reason for hope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The old sound is hard in new ways.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the empathy of so many young men, especially artists, his is more self-involved than saints like us prefer. But at least he expresses empathy--to memorable melodies that very nearly bear up under the repetitions his rarely witless or superfluous lyrics require.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They turn in their best album since 1996 even though some schmuck from the Charlatans ruins track two.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The collection doesn't cohere the way it should, and I still say seek out Talkin' Honky Blues. But wherever you start, he's a major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Since all the lines make sense, and almost all the stanzas almost make sense, you keep waiting for the songs to make sense. And waiting, and waiting, through calm, memorable arrangements that are never in a hurry.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All the ugly gangsta lies are here, especially as regards the brutalization of women and the business of death. But they're incidental to the mood of the piece, which is friendly, relaxed, good-humored, and in the groove.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But though this may be pretension, it's also delight, strange and humorous verbally and aurally.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For all his overreliance on dramatic drawls, Southwestern locales, and mother love, Springsteen has stories to tell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once his political songs fell flat because he wasn't scared or angry enough. Now when he's a shit you wonder why you should care--which is kind of hip-hop, don't you think?--but Bush has him so scared and angry he makes up for it, with a dedicated posse of El Lay studio vets getting in their licks.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though he's the kind of rhymer who scans "another good record with bad distribution" all too swimmingly, the hip-hop don't stop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The attitude is tougher and the material thinner, but you have to love it for not falling flat on its heightened expectations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their second album isn't quite as good as their first album because its hooks are slightly less inescapable.... But the difference is slight, and other differences are positive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The drums get busy at times, but never fear--this sounds more like Rounds than it does like anything else. Just a little funkier.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is the stuff of one-shot art-punk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    White's commercial success has nothing to do with de Stijl or da blooze--just a strong, emotive voice delivering simple yet distinctive songs, which are fairly numerous here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The loveliest album of Pernice's pretty career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although Lidell's voice lacks muscle and butter, he knows how to launch a falsetto, and the beats on "A Little Bit More" and "The City" should not be played within earshot of anyone wearing a pacemaker.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What sticks out right off is a drive that can't be taught or approximated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's vital beginning to end--vital even when it's misguided.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album radiates positive energy, and in today's alt, that's a precious thing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite its lack of an anthem to replace "Start Me Up," it certainly beats Tattoo You or anything else going back to Exile except Some Girls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Some observers classify these ditties "country-punk," while other crankily insist they're "anti-folk," proving mainly that nobody knows what to make of simple little guitar-band songs on a scene where everyone's busy refining his or her artistic vision.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no more accomplished crew in alt-rap, and though that can make their messages seem slick sometimes, on ['The Craft'] their booming beats, lucid raps, and articulate rhymes are technically miraculous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For once he makes sure he's understood--a matter in which melodies that might otherwise seem overfamiliar are of great service.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although Mike Elizondo adds momentum, Jon Brion's colors still predominate, and the melodic and structural contours are all Apple's.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They've gotten unmistakably louder and unmistakably gayer--or perhaps I mean, hate the term, more metrosexual.