Village Voice's Scores

For 764 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Naked Truth
Lowest review score: 10 God Says No
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 764
764 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These tunes function like dispatches sent from the front lines back to chums stuck in Nowheresville; he's updated his characters and settings, but Skinner's working-class fascination with humanity's endearing fallibility is still his thematic calling card.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their low-slung rhythms imagine what might have happened if Reagan-era Prince had been less into getting some action and more into kicking up some activism, or if P-Funk had dabbled in politics as well as psychedelics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Subtract [a few tracks] and Los Lobos could've made this album if they, too, got John Cale to produce. That's a compliment to all involved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their latest one-ups the competition with punk that's theatrical and unrefined, melodic but treacle-free.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Busta's best record yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Audience's Listening is not only witty and lighthearted, but also artfully constructed, and you can hear the depth in its machinations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As for that perpetual hip-hop debate as to whether an MC is better served by his beats or his words, the Chicago rapper is deft enough in both arenas that you could carry these lyrics around in your head for days... while message boards light up with claims that hip-hop's first truly great instrumental album lies embedded somewhere in all this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As profound as anything in his oeuvre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    2006's uncanniest country record.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is nightmare music--a blue-collar purgatory made of American mythology and populated by its grotesques.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music, however lean, is the most poignant vision Albarn's devout Anglo-centrism has offered: a beautifully dark, boozy, overcast dream of London, cinematic in its scope and careful in its craft.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mood is lulling, narrative, and pictorial even when the lyrics disappear—all subtly melodic and gloriously smudged.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether it inspires bosom-heaving, jersey-rending, or chopper-flagging, Explosions in the Sky will have true believers again faint with praise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, Ash Wednesday recalls the command of Arcade Fire's Funeral, as Perkins finds empathy through his whimsy-fueled, sad-bastard songs of experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    23
    23 is exactly what we've come to expect from this trio: a tension-filled exploration of the human psyche, blistering but still atmospheric.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith shifts much of her focus subtly away from the instrumentation and toward a song's intention and lyrics, with often revelatory results.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You could always dance to Ozo's beats, but this time they supply more hip-churning swing than alt-rock stomp.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A conceptual wonder.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Fragile Army actually has substance—thematically, musically, and lyrically.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lived-in songs and careful presentation of Easy Tiger make for one of the strongest records of his second career as a solo artist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout much of Asa Breed, Dear achieves a serendipitous balance between the uplifting and the eerie, the hummable and the hypnotic, the tuneful and the texturally adventurous.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks in part to the presence of Pantera producer Terry Date, this is the Pumpkins' hardest-rocking record ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the group's sixth album, boasts an instrument roll call that might look swollen - trumpet, Chamberlin, cello, koto, flamenco guitar - but Spoon wear it well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Else, is as tuneful and rockin' as all the rest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Goodbye, he's finally got the levels just right. By moving even closer to the shoegazer sound, the result sounds less like pilfering and more like reinvention.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record smoothly lures and detours familiar, '70s-based rock-blues-country sounds and expectations while highlighting Isbell's character-actor flair.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Desire offers instead is at times cerebral and at times depraved, but invariably provocative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Forever, Common delivers the expected--political, lover-man, and battle rhymes told with wit and complexity over street-commercial beats--in spades.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nearly embarrassing levels of enthusiasm, sincerity, and energy inform Fort Nightly, the band's surprisingly meaty debut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A masterpiece? No. Disturbingly solid noise? Sure.