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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mouthy, destructive, confused, sexed-up but no sex object, Jemima Pearl is the pearl.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They exist only to rock your world. If you don't let them, you're the stupid one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This literature with power chords addresses not only the crucial matter of vanishing bohemias as cultural myth but also the crucial matter of re-emerging spiritualities as cultural fact.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their warmest album ever.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For all his overreliance on dramatic drawls, Southwestern locales, and mother love, Springsteen has stories to tell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here, their structures adamantly circular and their tunes less catchy but more durable, they make dandy mystagogues on an album that begins inarticulate and attains the nirvana of total nonverbality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An album as invigorating in its contempt for rock professionalism as Neil Young's Tonight's the Night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rarely do the settings distinguish themselves.... But a distinct voice delivering noticeable verbal content is a setting too--that's why you notice the content.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    White's commercial success has nothing to do with de Stijl or da blooze--just a strong, emotive voice delivering simple yet distinctive songs, which are fairly numerous here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Some observers classify these ditties "country-punk," while other crankily insist they're "anti-folk," proving mainly that nobody knows what to make of simple little guitar-band songs on a scene where everyone's busy refining his or her artistic vision.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The collection doesn't cohere the way it should, and I still say seek out Talkin' Honky Blues. But wherever you start, he's a major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Consistently enjoyable, predictably inconsequential.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tremendous craft, winning enthusiasm.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What carries the album is, I swear, the skits.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Eventually, the tunes fall into place. What never materialize in sufficient number are the billowing climaxes and cutting remarks that mark their best albums, meaning most of them.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's that Ramones sense that songs should be short like life, and that XTC sense that songs should be complicated like life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.