Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 1,929 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 RTJ2
Lowest review score: 20 Visitations
Score distribution:
1929 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    All together, a mischievous lyricist captures the new West.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Summation of their best recorded moments, X echoes the pulverizing claustrophobia of Source Tags & Codes (2002) and sheer aggression of bone-crushing 1999 debut Madonna, erecting walls of drill-bit noise and floating ennui codas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Lifting both blast beats and thrash dynamics from metal, the Belgian indie rock trio galvanizes enough sheer fury to knock the needle off your turntable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Arising from largely improvised performances that accompanied a cosmic expedition at San Antonio's Scobee Planetarium, The Spiral Arm ranks not as the Austin ambient trio's spaciest effort – that's 2016 debut Original Soundtrack – but as their most beautiful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A legendary liquor-soaked session with Tom Waits, two discs containing a ragged-but-right contemporary concert, and a booklet that takes an in-depth look at the making of DTAS crackle and pop, but in revisiting its creators' original intent, a formerly sneered at LP becomes essential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sadly, familiar streams – "Matchbox," "That's All Right, Mama," "Big River" – don't yield any gems. Constant studio chatter and fumbled lyrics frustrate rather than charm, and even when duetting, Dylan and Cash's aw-shucks mutual admiration smothers artistic collaboration. Disc three's bonus content with banjo legend Earl Scruggs fares better.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Unsurprisingly, the true treasure for devotees occurs in long-vaulted studio moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The salsa-imbued "Green" celebrates heritage and familial commitment as the LP culminates in a dreamy slow-burn.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brighter compositions match the lyrical demands of more specified storytelling, most vividly on piano-led "Mr. Lee."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Still relaxed, LAHS clouds over with less reverb, punchier drums, and – at long last – vocals at the front of the mix.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Welcome to the desolate wasteland of Destroyer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Central to Birth of Violence, the Northern Californian's stunning voice and insular lyrics tie everything into one clear, bewitching vision.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    3
    Clocking in at just half an hour, their third LP streamlines sonically, but the bulldozing remains.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The dark synth pulse of opener "Roseate," driving mad as Gika trills into an effervescent falsetto, sets a tension that flows throughout
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The Devil You Know: smart, joyous rage for our times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An eerie, whimsical sheen coats jaunty guitars, arty baroque keys, and choral intonations, with delicate lyrics skewing surprisingly funny at times as they warp the burdens of addiction and the lovelorn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This solo debut makes all the right moves to sail past retro on its way to timeless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Fever hinges on bouncing beats and an inspired brand of feminism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Armed with a gorgeous warble that sounds like a gothic Chris Isaak, Peck soars over the sparse arrangements, which prove a natural complement to all the reverb, tremolo, and twang.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Steeped in vivid details of a queer romance, Forevher partners jubilant pop with its ideal mate: physically charged songs of electric devotion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Galvanizing at heart, Fender's bow burns with sharp conviction and intimacy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only misstep comes from spoken interludes about WWAY Health, an unnecessary framing device for a smart, textured zigzag of songwriting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Produced by Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed (Twenty One Pilots), the troupe also trades in the lo-fi blades of Too for a polished maturity without sacrificing any edge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The 17-year-old sensation takes pop iconography and musical status quo and lacerates it, opting out of femme fatale for tomboy cargos and goth macabre, and sleek soundscapes for creepy eccentrics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Buoyed by intimacy and sincerity, Assume Form channels Blake at his happiest as each song plays out like a sentimental billet-doux.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 31-year-old bares herself and parlays stereotypical insecurities into liberating strengths, hurling bombs of empowerment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Childers walks the line of down-home idiosyncrasies and smooth popular jams with a star-making perfection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Each track is full of Laurel Canyon vibes – vulnerability, grief, acceptance – and melodies you'll never get out of your head.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The Alabama Shakes mainspring's first solo release showcases R&B borne of a dark, introspective place, grooving like a 35-minute scream into a pillow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Help Us Stranger moves garage-punk polymath Jack White from the Sixties to the Seventies. And from the sounds of things, he, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler did it in Z/28 with an 8-track player and a hash pipe.