BBC collective's Scores

  • Music
For 150 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Ma Fleur
Lowest review score: 40 The Brave And The Bold
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 150
150 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No doubt fans’ll love it, but virgins shouldn’t expect to swoon at this end-of-the-pier jamming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frank is an honest, refreshingly personal record which, though very occasionally strays into easy jazz, has Gucci bags of personality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine album for autumn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout, monster riffs abound. Perhaps this monochrome-clad cartoon combo are as great as singer Howlin’ Pelle always said they were.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The first few tracks work a treat, melding glitchy beats and stomping brass bands in the best tradition of Björk or Sigur Rós. After that, however, things start to feel a bit overwrought.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burial has concocted a noir-ish sound that’s as powerful as it is atmospheric.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Occasionally veering into rakish skiffle in an annoying hat, it’s not quite the righteous sword-slash of vindication prayed for by fans; still, it’s a relief to see Doherty’s muse in surprisingly rude health.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Raymond Raposa, the ex-surfer behind the ever-shifting line-up, sounds like Neil Young after spending a few nights on a park bench, his decayed folky croak the perfect thread to link these hushed laments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The sense of clutter, not to mention a recurring high-pitched motif, makes Preparations feel like being trapped in someone else’s nightmares too long.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Rainbows really does present Radiohead at their most full-blooded and confident.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new album conjures something of Condon’s own imagination, more deftly-etched romantic fiction than dry travelogue, and is all the better for it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When Cease To Begin rocks out it's euphoric, but there's a mournfulness shadowing each of these insistent melodies that will have you crying even as you smile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs on Comicopera rate amongst his very best--emotionally complex, politically charged but never short of beautiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the seductively pleasant drift of the tunes fool you: this is sharp, dark stuff.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even by her own unsettling standards, however, her seventh album is disturbing, a collection of smudged and spectral laments that appear to have been written before the invention of penicillin.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a folk album so rich and intricate that, in scope, it's comparable to Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    it's great to hear Banhart playing outside of type, and the swagger and muscle occasionally at work suit him surprisingly well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a bewildering jumble on first gaze, but Harte's little fingerprint-smudged slivers, so lovingly composed, are precious things, and you'll fast find yourself addicted to his sweet, glum love stories.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Give it a bloody good stereo and your full attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An ambitious, filler-free, modernist-sounding beast which laughs in the face of underachievement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Go! Team are clearly committed to the lo-fi, DIY aesthetic, but with songs as strong as these it’s rather a shame they didn’t apply a little depth and finesse to their production.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Good Bad, Not Evil delivers 13 testosterone-crazed grooves which mercifully give finicky revivalism the swerve, in favour of fuzz-frazzled sonics and lots of fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's Christmas come early, and None Shall Pass won't disappoint his fervent admirers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Experimental yet poppy, awkward yet unforced, Panic Prevention is a minor masterpiece from a truly bar-raising new talent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All whoops and yelps, their third album jumps skittishly from primary-coloured electro to punk to poolside cabaret, with an impressive sense of its own silliness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A. and co-producers, including Switch, straddle more styles than you’d find in most music collections, let alone on the same disc.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's brilliant: Broder's twisted tales are better than ever, this time underpinned by urgent guitar riffs, off-beats and perfect pacing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Roots And Echoes is an album of songs with all the warmth and familiarity of old leather--and as strangely unexciting as that sounds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's still heavy on the harmonies and hummable choruses, of course, and does meander into happy-clappy, round-the-campfire territory too often for those of us with a low saccharine threshold.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than play catch-up, the Chems are accentuating the difference, digging deeper into melody instead of piling on the noise.