's Scores

  • Music
For 825 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Complete Matrix Tapes [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 40 Jackie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 825
825 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Mixing nasty guitar leads with cavernous beats, the Black Keys have crafted a dark, sprawling opus that's convincing in its commitment to a unique sound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is certainly more adventurous than anything from her peers, if a little forced.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rihanna may have been a good girl gone bad on her 2007 album, but on her new one, she's a good girl gone bad-ass.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The saying goes: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. That seems to be the strategy Jay Sean and his team employed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    After 20-something years of rap and dance running in mostly parallel lines, Kid Sister's imagining of their intersection is fresh and unapologetically fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The end result may not be enough to convince America it's missing out, but expect this album to bring the already-converted back onboard in droves.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Annie steals listeners' hearts with her light-as-a-feather vocal delivery and infectious beats.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    During the 13-song set, Jones ditches the gentle piano-playing of her previous work and rises to a new level of creative boldness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    This rock supergroup delivers by drawing upon each member's talents and creating a sound that's refreshingly singular and remarkably fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    While the artist has raised some eyebrows by asking, "Who says I can't get stoned?" (on the album's first single, 'Who Says'), the rest of the collection certainly has the goods to eclipse that overblown controversy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    As haunting as Lewis' ballads are, perhaps fewer of them would do her some good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Waking Up boasts enough intertwining pop melodies backed with anthemic vocals to show fans of the 2007 Timbaland-remixed track "Apologize" that OneRepublic can deliver more addictive hooks while still maintaining its own graceful and introspective sound.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Judging by the delivery of those poignant lines, it's hardly a stretch to imagine Bieber racking up more hits in the next decade to come.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Overall, the God MC can still carry the throne as one of the greatest rappers of all time, but he'll need stronger production the next time around.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Her latest release, Midwinter Graces, is a typically provocative-in the best possible way-entry in the yuletide canon.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The New Jersey group gets back to the business of rocking on its 11th studio album, The Circle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Luckily, Wale never spreads himself too thin on Attention Deficit and maintains the urgency of his mixtapes to ensure that the set contains little filler.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The band's sixth studio album, Alter the Ending, is a perfectly blended concoction of acoustic melodies, graceful harmonies and powerful anthems wrapped around the story of a man trying desperately to save a failing relationship.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a sleekly presented modern-rock album with no shortage of bruising guitars or catchy choruses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good, dirty fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas steps out with his debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young, and dynamically weaves '80s techno-pop with psychedelic punk, while also reinventing his usual monochromatic croon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, the artist seems to finally feel comfortable in her own skin. It's a wide-ranging album-she's in love, out of love, light-hearted and playful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    From the range of production styles to the bonus disc of live tracks, Swords is a welcome catalog addition
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This Reading appearance-released for the first time on the CD/DVD package "Live at Reading"-captured the trio's skill at turning simple power chords into some of the most memorable rock anthems of the '90s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    And as on "Idol," that aesthetic is most appealingly expressed here in the material that seems the least suited for it-i.e., mushy heartland rock ballads.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bleach is freshened up with remastered versions of unusually heavy songs like the haunting "Negative Creep," where Cobain howls about alienation and being stoned, and the pounding "Floyd the Barber," where the main subject of the eerie track is a man being strapped down and tortured by characters from "The Andy Griffith Show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The chaos is nothing new for Say Anything, but the band's newest release is tightly executed and gives fans a deeper look into Bemis' clever mind.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This smart four-disc package commemorates the concert's 40th anniversary with a pristine remastered version of the original recording, five previously unreleased songs from the same show and an entire disc devoted to the fiery opening acts, B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This time the quintet holed up for two months in a Northern California cabin, and the resulting collection from the idiosyncratic singer/songwriter is intimate, experimental, and ultimately accessible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Strict Joy maintains the relatability and sincerity that made the soundtrack to "Once" so compellin