BBC Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,831 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Plastic Beach
Lowest review score: 20 If Not Now, When?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1831
1831 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a breath of air... and, mostly, that air is crystalline fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A frustratingly slow-burning listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This third studio album struts in on a crest of rollicking beats and wearing the kind of snarl that even in this new century is likely to delight fans of balls-out, raucous rock‘n’roll.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Things remain pared back, but an ambition nurtured by classical training keeps things interesting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Peace take the past and swish it about with a bit of swagger, and the results are just dandy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years, rigorously challenging, pumped with insinuating melodies, sleek with propulsive energies and pulsating with a uniquely globular funkiness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those unfamiliar with ancient Greek literature need not be daunted, as knowledge of the book is not necessary to appreciate the moods and melodies of The Sirens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether as the fanfare arrival of a unique new voice or the peculiar indulgence of a future cult classic, this is an album that has to be heard to be believed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When To Dust takes flight, you don't have to squint your ears too far to imagine Alice Russell as a worthy successor to that notional throne [of British soul].
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While keeping his music fantastically fresh and of the moment, this often causes a speedy ageing process.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shaking the Habitual is something else, but it’s hard not to find that profoundly exhilarating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Sempiternal isn’t the equal of another genre-bending record Date has worked on, Deftones’ White Pony, it represents significant and successful progression for its makers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is meticulous, not a note out of place--but this studied delivery is successfully supplemented with resounding soul, proving infectious indeed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vanishing Point proves the quartet is still a thrilling proposition, in love with the simplicity of mayhem and volume.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The British producer’s fifth full-length is a worthy successor to his celebrated 2010 set Black Sands.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Meir is an album that will be regarded with such reverence that it’ll be a marker for other acts’ work to be compared to in the future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both as performers and songwriters, these guys have upped their game, and Head Down puts them well ahead of the pack.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thirty-odd years after singing about ripping it up, then, Collins is calling on the past to help him through. It’s working brilliantly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fly Zone is streamlined, its production consistently excellent despite numerous contributors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nostalchic has a certain airiness, a focus on floaty atmospherics, that aligns it with the work of other washed-out boudoir crooners such as The Weeknd and How to Dress Well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The way Marnie plays is fresh, but she does hold true to some central tenets of rock’n’roll in her fizzing songs: invincibility and defiance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs here might take a little longer to unlock than their predecessors, but none of them strike a false note.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a mixed manifestation of electronic pop.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ASIWYFA sound like they’re having fun shaping and performing this music, and you’ll want to be part of it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, most of 20/20 falls into a rut; it sets the mood, but then fails to create tension.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stick with this 10-tracker, please, as while its first number isn’t the most arresting of curtain-ups, what comes afterwards is entirely captivating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The n’gonis are always upfront, but this is also an album of stunning vocals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no better way to shut out the din than by putting this record on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The vivid nostalgia remains, with these all-original cuts sounding like they could easily have been laid down back in the golden ages of the 1950s and 60s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, The Invisible Way is warm and organic, melodic and fragile. Twenty years into their career, and Low have created one of their best albums yet.