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 9.6 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Boring strummed singer-songwritering with not terribly interesting electronica.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    No, she hasn't regained her sense of humor, but aren't you fast losing yours?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Inferior to not just Nirvana but Oasis.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A glorious phantasmagoria of flow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    His voice devoid of Newman-Waits grit, his eclecticism even and controlled where theirs bristles with jokes, oddity, and gusto, how does he expect to connect with anyone but other likable progressives, and rather detached and inscrutable ones at that?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All told, pretty dull--unless you're so desperate that you'll sing hosanna for every piece of intelligent-honest-original that comes down the circuit.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The musical parsimony, cultural insularity, moral certitude, and histrionic affectations of these lo-fi artier-than-thous promise indie ideologues whole lifetimes of egoistic irrelevance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not counting Stephin Merritt, no other under-40 approaches McKay's gift for cabaret.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album as invigorating in its contempt for rock professionalism as Neil Young's Tonight's the Night.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only does he create a unique role model, that role model is dangerous--his arguments against education are as market-targeted as other rappers' arguments for thug life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A singer's record.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    [A] sentimental cutesification of surf and country.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is mannerist DOR more accomplished and less sentimental than its sources.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Gibbons's failure to leave the likes of "And I only hear/Only hear the rain" and "Time is but a memory" in her notebook suggests one limitation of her songcraft.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No "Ms. Jackson," no "Rosa Parks," no "Bombs Over Baghdad," no "The Whole World" either. Just commercial ebullience, creative confidence, and wretched excess, blessed excess, impressive excess.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    He claims his Dave Matthews-sponsored major- label debut was his chance to make a true band record, and I guess his boys are trickier than Crazy Horse, just not in any way you haven't heard before.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their warmest album ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Clever and droll but also hypnotic and mysterious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These Danes aren't tuned-in enough for stereotype play.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The sole outright attraction of her pathologically modest follow-up is "Then Ya Gone."