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 College Dropout
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Leonard Cohen has had No Voice since he began recording at 33. But he has more No Voice today, at 70, than he did on Ten New Songs, at 67.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's an early-Stones feel here it would be perverse to deny: 12 songs in 36 minutes, each with an indelible identiriff and its own seductive rhythmic shape.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Norah Jones is herself, give her that. I hate to think what this phenom will have to go through to get that far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Proficient, bland, and dauntingly dull, their only threat is a promise to "take it back to the days of Mantronix" (no, please, anything but that).
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her chin-up ditties don't connect every time, but her abandonment of home recording will win new listeners anyway.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What a weird (dishonest? ironic? clueless?) name for a record that's all literature and arty sound effects.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Clever and droll but also hypnotic and mysterious.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These 10 well-culled copyrights, two from the '80s and only four from 2000, are something new and ominous, because they're dull. They smell of equine methane: the old-fart hegemony that fuels alt-country, AC radio, and literary anthologies canonizing Ry Cooder, Ernie K-Doe, and Spooner Oldham.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's wish fulfillment for boys who make passes at girls who wear glasses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Obviously it's not perky enough, funky enough either, but their best (and third) album in 15 years (and probably last ever) sounds an awful lot like what kids today call pop.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This no-talent is masscult rock at its most brazen.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    [A] sentimental cutesification of surf and country.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Pond's songs are the alt-rock equivalent of what used to be called New Yorker short stories: subtly realized domestic epiphanies often involving tame nature imagery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    X&Y
    Precise, bland, and banal, their sensitivity emotionless and their musicality never surprising, they're the definition of a pleasant bore--easy to tune out, impossible to care for.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Crucially, his knack for simple punk tunes remains unchanged; also crucially, these do fine at moderate tempos, and one even gives off a whiff of Brecht-Weill. There are worse ways to come down off a multiplatinum high-lots of them.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They turn in their best album since 1996 even though some schmuck from the Charlatans ruins track two.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's at his best in the fictional-mythic mode that prevails here.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Though he comes up with strong melodies, he's hardly a match for Ben Folds or Elliott Smith, both of whom frame their catchy stuff more idiosyncratically and neither of whom is terribly interesting even so.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Granted his major-label production budget in the sky, Tim DeLaughter hones his tunes and dispels woozy comparisons to the Flaming Lips.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's not enough for Anthony Keidis to get all mature--he's supposed to say something interesting about maturity. And he's never had thing one to say about anything else.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They exist only to rock your world. If you don't let them, you're the stupid one.