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 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 Handcream For A Generation
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Three thin voices rap-sing-chant over the same bare-bones electro that sophisticates equate with two-headed dildos and black leatherette. But here, it intensifies the toughness, naïveté, moralism, sentimentality, ambition, ebullience, and sex drive all high school girls know but few have the sass to project and none have forged into art, especially with a Brooklyn accent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Its double-CD sprawl is ambitious not hubristic, imposing not indigestible.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The selection here is at once so obvious and so inappropriate it feels redemptive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Liliput is the analogy even if Nikki Colk has never heard of them either. Kaito are noisier, faster, girlier; Colk mispronounces her English not as a Marlene Marder homage but so people will think she's from Sweden. But the two share a rare, rambunctious sense that noise is fun and life is livable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More trip- than hip-hop in that its irresistibility is atmospheric -- a sound that pits industrial textures against quiet piano samples/parts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In short, they "rock." Finally.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Foolhardy though it was to saddle such an uncrucial record with a title that dares the young and the restless to bitch about how it doesn't change the world, the rest of us are free to enjoy how confidently it develops a groove.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The lyrics are intelligent of course, clever and moral and street-conscious and just gnomic enough, but their art is in their beats and flow and tunes too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Skeletal, fragmented, stumblebum, Kim and Kelley retain their knack for righting themselves with a tuneburst just when you thought they'd never do the limbo again.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He sings roughly but warmly, and makes up as many hooks as he samples...
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is mannerist DOR more accomplished and less sentimental than its sources.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Class warfare meets gangsta-rock.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The loveliest album of Pernice's pretty career.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album radiates positive energy, and in today's alt, that's a precious thing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first four tracks... [are] as powerful as any he's written.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Clever and droll but also hypnotic and mysterious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This gentle, suave, insistent smoothie parlayed his direct lyrics and tricky beats into a strong straight r&b album in a year when contenders Raphael Saadig and Me'shell NdegéOcello got tangled up in form.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best of these seven songs is a Stones cover, only not by as much as you first think, and the second-best is the opener ["Astronaut"], ditto.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The old sound is hard in new ways.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.