CDNow's Scores

  • Music
For 421 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Remedy
Lowest review score: 10 Bizzar/Bizaar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 421
421 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Here again, it's a maddening ping-ponging between genius and plain stupidity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Her message, so powerful when unadorned, tends to get diluted by the awkward arrangements that accompany it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Robinson too often relies on shoddy -- if not overly elemental -- lyrical passages, which ultimately prevents New Earth Mud from lodging itself into your musical memory.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bon Jovi's best one-two album kickoff punch since Slippery When Wet's "Let it Rock" and "You Give Love a Bad Name." But unfortunately, it's downhill from there.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Somewhat of a Squarepusher overview: digitally diced, partially digested, and sometimes brutally regurgitated, of course.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    She may have been young and naïve at age 13 covering Patsy Cline songs, but she had much better source material than the sappy, saccharine numbers she's getting from the middle-age songwriters who scripted Twisted.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Certainly a talented guitar-playing songstress, she also takes her lyrical cues from Hallmark cards, a mix at once comfortable and off-putting -- and difficult to put one's finger on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sheik... seems uncomfortable with the slicker presentation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Faces and Names' new sonic explorations are a welcome change from the early '90s alt-rock sound Soul Asylum had bludgeoned into the ground, though the lyrics here don't approach Pirner's best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album as a whole isn't quite as brilliant as it ought to be, given the ideas at play.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This time, their quiet storm sounds like it's lost its thunder. There are no big emotional booms on the ballad-heavy album, just a confluence of harmless little raindrops and heartstring tugs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Dreamland is a dignified, pleasant album, you can't help but give the edge to 1975.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Highly Evolved is clunkiest on long, drawn-out stuff like "Homesick" and "Country Yard," but singer Craig Nicholls has most of Kurt Cobain's shrieking mannerisms down, and, like most grunge, the band's simple three-chord rock is most exciting when played extremely fast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Tight Connection's unfussiness would be the perfect playground soundtrack.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Spouts off on multiple tangents and never returns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the soul-searching is utterly sincere, the music is only intermittently successful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sounds are simply too dark and sweaty for most fans' home listening.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Zevon, so frequently great, should know better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The first thirty minutes are a chaotic mess of style over substance, and while Joi's weirdness immediately sets her apart, "It's Your Life" and "Techno Pimp" are cloying and difficult to listen to.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A throbbing pop record of schizophrenic highs and lows as hyper-kinetic as its beats.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the band's sound is unique, too many of the remaining ten songs play like slight variations of each other, and few of them stick.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Guest, for all its flaws, is wise beyond the years of the musicians who made it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As the disc progresses, her caustic diatribes against men get harder to take.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While most of the mixing is clean and effortless, it is also often unspectacular. Furthermore, the decided lack of turntable wizardry certainly won't earn him a "DJ Dan" moniker among vinyl mavens. But in terms of selection and overall execution, Monkey is a very nice listen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For the most part Bloodsport is carried by a snaking seductive beat and slow-burning, almost sinister melodies that would make Dave Gahan proud.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's little here that rises above the prosaic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Cocky's surprises remain few and far between.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like her two previous solo records, Merchant's stately gloom is the stuff of pretension and precision, and her serviceably beautiful voice comes off as either darkly charming or annoyingly lilting (sometimes both at the same time).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A dozen WB-ready theme songs that slay in that charmingly plastic way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Too much of Britney is dictated by Max Martin's teen-pop formula.