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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This collection shows Mitchell as the self-conscious and restless innovator, picking her way carefully through the minefields of human relationships, leaving a trail of eloquent breadcrumbs, as she describes the passing scenery with her evocative and off-kilter imagery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's refreshing to see a high-profile album like this take a long-form risk and stand on the merits of intuition and musical construction alone.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun, contemporary pop record that's uber-cool without ever seeming forced.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the "experimental" tracks like the humorous "Hey Sexy Lady," laced with mariachi trumpet, flamenco guitar, and castanets, and the bubbly old school reggae-country hybrid "We Are the One" that elevate Lucky Day to higher ground.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    OST
    Mathers slips only when he tries to play out the movie's rags-to-riches vibe with his friends.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a pop record, Stripped is practically flawless.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like Supernatural, the record tends to smack more of market research than the soulful expression of a rock legend at times. But in some instances, the duets pay huge dividends.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A tasteful selection of pre-war era classics in a supper club jazz setting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arguably its most cohesive and dynamic effort yet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dark, methodical, and ultimately beautiful album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike most acts who tend to get over-hyped and fall far short of expectations, Norway's Röyksopp does not disappoint.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    10
    10 is a return to form for LL, and the album finds him doing what he does best: Making relaxed, radio-friendly jams while giving the ladies a little something extra.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sean-Nós Nua takes a few songs to find its footing, but then it towers with her best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The essential internationalism that characterizes this global showcase of a disc is mind-blowing in both scope and quality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly his most personal record, arguably his best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Up
    It's not likely that Up will have the same kind of cultural significance as a milestone like So, but there is no way that fans can write Up off as a disappointment, either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Miller explores his usual subjects -- getting out of places and into relationships -- with more unusual touches.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nas has compiled an imaginative State of the Union address to the streets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's so striking about A Hundred Days Off is that frontman/producer Hyde and producer Smith have reshaped Underworld as a duo without coming off as incomplete, overzealous, or jaded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Low turns to touches less subtle than before on Trust, the drape of ambient tension over gently ramping repetitions results in the band's most assertive album to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The eclectic, pan-genre disc opens -- as did 2000's Transcendental Blues -- as an unabashed rocker, but this time around Earle uses the heavy artillery to underscore weightier worldly themes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The rockers here, however, aren't his best work, sounding like the Goo Goo Dolls with steel guitars.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How Sweet It Is shows Osborne's strength as an interpreter far more than her already-established singing talent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Comes with the same muscular, confrontational power that made The Sickness so infectiously exciting, but twists things just enough to make the second time sounds as fresh as the first.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tunes here are full of immediately memorable, if not obvious, hooks, and the vocals capture a tenderness and vulnerability he's never before revealed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Night Works, the gung-ho Layo and Bushwacka! have made an intelligent album that doesn't stray too much from it's shadowy overall mood, aided by determined breakbeats and drawn-out orchestral sounds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good chunk of soulful melody tinged with delightful, lackadaisical vocals and reggae vibrations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sleek and motorized, gusgus has paid close Attention to detail in etching a metallic mural of current interests.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The smoothed-out international pop sound lets Beenie focus on doing what he does best -- making party music for party people.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Carefully written, elegantly performed, and generously emotional, it's another work by an artist still at his creative peak.