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 Fishscale
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both guys are so irrepressibly playful that they get serious at their peril--they're better off as a nonstop musical goof.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The melodies don't falter, and Wonder's unexpectedly and perhaps unfortunately influential vocal attack is as mellifluous as ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Bell Orchestre] varies its cunningly sequenced, gratifyingly brief instrumental tracks with such old-fashioned amenities as textured melodies, pleasing dynamic shifts, and passages that, if they don't actually r-o-c-k, at least bound down the road in an excited manner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though the singer-with-backup music relies on formula that won't set anyone's life straight, her melodic chops--sweet as a writer, supple as a singer--put the songs across.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Many details are too U.K.-specific for Yank-yob gratification. But aesthetes will come to enjoy Taylor's nuanced adenoids and his bandmates' thought-through arrangements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This being anthropology, pretty much, a sampler is the ideal introduction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He thinks he belongs up there in front of that expert new band, singing or shouting whatever banality, profundity, or turn of phrase he's written down, and his level of enthusiasm combined with his level of craft will convince anyone who still likes, you know, songs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It could be argued that music this masterful waives all claim to the sound of surprise--until you pay attention.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With American Idol rampant, it's nice to have this emotional hipster sticking her celebrity cred in the stupid world's face.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Brit accents on the pseudo-triumphalist, vaguely Jeezy-sounding four-cameo opener are grime enough for me--most gripping grime I know, in fact, and pretty damn fine Jeezy-sounding pseudo-triumphalism to boot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No other Brazilian composer defies cultural boundaries so eloquently.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In a time when so many bands don't know why they exist but keep on vanning anyway, his honest tale is touching and instructive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The music is so minimal that you won't return that often. But when you do, you'll remember she loves you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mouthy, destructive, confused, sexed-up but no sex object, Jemima Pearl is the pearl.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At her best--which must not come easy, or they'd release more and more consistent albums--Rennie Sparks is a great American realist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Definitely not dead yet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Now, done with that id shit, she finds her voice by pleading with her man to stay or come back as the case may be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    No, she hasn't regained her sense of humor, but aren't you fast losing yours?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
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    When the songs are not just clever but lively--most spectacularly on the unrelenting "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend"--Stephin Merritt's demo-ready monotone could pass for a singing voice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What carries the album is, I swear, the skits.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    two about his parents are juicier than the mother love gushing from God's Son. The Afrocentric pep song is so much deeper than the mawkish, misinformed new "I Can" that you believe he might yet get politics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tremendous craft, winning enthusiasm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is so pretty it's almost a poem about quiet lyricism--and so passive you want to put crystal meth in its apple juice.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    To care about this band you have to find Karen O's fuck-me persona provocative if not seductive, and since I've never been one for the sex-is-combat thing, I find it silly or obnoxious depending on who's taking it seriously.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Grae can rhyme, and if she had a male larynx and a production budget, her hype men, chipmunk soul, minor-key piano hooks, and "I wanna rock a fella so bad" might stand underground on its head.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    After a 34-minute art project that ended up a great album, a 17-minute EP ends up an art project.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Morrison's predictably intelligent solo debut puts personality where the Dismemberment Plan's synergy used to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Half God's gift to hip-hop, half man of the people, he never quite puts all his good tracks together or across.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Her best bunch of songs since--not Broken English, that's ridiculous, but Strange Weather or A Child's Adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The main problem with this background tour de force is that you understand not just how good it is but how pretty it is only when you listen up.