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 Pick A Bigger Weapon
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Exactly the unpredictable effort you'd expect, it utilizes a new bunch of Portland buddies to render the old noises into background music as it explores such themes as Yul Brynner's makeover and piracy on the coast of Montenegro.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In short, they "rock." Finally.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "Unsound" is their most clearly irresistible ever, and the aural nimbi that surround or trail after the others never obscure Van Dyk's lines of thought.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Pop isn't an ambition for these smart people with other things to do, it's a discipline--the tunes strong, the beats solid, the vocals lightly yearning and pungently sweet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But for all its rapped W-Unity, this is RZA's record.... Far from straining, he's gone sensei, achieving a craft in which the hand leads the mind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They woke up one day, glanced around a marketplace where art wasn't mega anymore, and figured that since they'd been calling themselves pop for half of their two-decade run, maybe they'd better sit down and write some catchy songs. So they did.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Charming, civilized, childish, Kieran Hebden imagines an aural space in which electronic malfunction is cute rather than annoying or ominous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This unusually songful set is well up among their late good ones, its dissonances a lingua franca deployed less atmospherically than has been their recent practice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their tunes have always seemed too facile, but seven years divided by three albums doesn't equal glib, especially with those years deepening their lyricism rather than their cynicism.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Gibbard's delicate voice matches the subtle electro arrangements far more precisely than it does the folky guitars of his real group.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For any Upper West Side showbiz kid, musical comedy is mother's milk, more "natural" than the rude attack of rock or the polite confessional of folk ... With crucial help from Jon Brion, she's got the Richard Rodgers/Kurt Weill part down, and will surely tackle the Dorothy Fields/Lorenz Hart part later.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They exist only to rock your world. If you don't let them, you're the stupid one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's at his best in the fictional-mythic mode that prevails here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even more than, speak of the devil, Garth Brooks, she's a creature of the recording industry and the smorgasbord-of-the-air it's laid out everywhere. Are the emotions she displays so pithily as synthetic in the end as her harmonica-with-strings or steel/slide guitar? Does that make them less real?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their warmest album ever.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He sings roughly but warmly, and makes up as many hooks as he samples...
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These aren't indelible tunes like "At Home He's a Tourist" or "Suspect Device." But months later they're still getting not just stronger but rawer, which isn't how this game usually works.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No catchier collection of jingles has come to my attention since Steve Miller made his mint off jet airliners.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Clever and droll but also hypnotic and mysterious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not counting Stephin Merritt, no other under-40 approaches McKay's gift for cabaret.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even when the forced pronunciations turn gauche, she remains a good egg who's not afraid to put herself on the line.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The selection here is at once so obvious and so inappropriate it feels redemptive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everyone who says this isn't a sentimental record is right. But it admits sentiment, hold the hygiene, and suggests that he knows more about love dying than he did when he was immortal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A band record, a groove record, a riff record; something lowdown, dirty, smoky.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's the rare guitar geek who acts like strings and horns are where he's always belonged rather than where he hopes he'll fit in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The voice asserts itself as the record sinks in, however, and not only does each song stand out, but the production variegates a sonic grandeur grounded in the rock verities.
    • 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.