Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 2,193 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Bad as Me
Lowest review score: 10 Cardiology
Score distribution:
2193 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Blue Hour is unlikely to win Suede many new followers, but it should convince any fans of old that their vitality is restored and they are at the peak of their powers once more.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A breathless, breathtaking achievement, Chris is a fascinating, infectious, endlessly suggestive work, an ode to 80s pop bombast that uses those splinters to build and then de-construct countless glimpses of Héloïse Letissier. Somewhere in amongst these myriad of definitions is Christine And The Queens, a shape-shifting pop entity perpetually aiming for something greater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thunder Follows the Light is an album that if you take on face value is full of delicate vocals and dreamy melodies, but if you start to dig a bit below its ethereal surface you find something that is incredibly rewarding on repeat listens. This is when the album starts to come into its own and slowly starts to take over your life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battle-hardened by lengthy tours across the land and beyond, Pale Waves bring that energy into the studio on a crisp, effervescent debut LP.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like Villagers’ previous releases, the overriding feeling is of well-crafted, thoughtfully structured songs. The intimacy created by O’Brien’s delicate voice is as ever enhanced by beautifully chosen tonal colours.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heaven leans into the cliché. It prompts us to think seriously about what it means for music to rescue us, sincerely, from the depths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haiku Salut use instruments as a tool to tell stories, and the band’s emotional gravitas is symptomatic of how this type of music can triumph against all the odds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dystopian masterpiece.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Album stand-outs ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Happy Man’ would have slotted into the last LP seamlessly and, considered as a whole, For Ever feels like an opportunity missed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Something that immediately grabs you about this record is the production, which easily elevates it above its more naive sounding predecessor; the sound of new label Wichita making good on their investment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a lengthy, beautiful work, and undoubtedly a late career high from one of the most important, courageous songwriters in the country.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Egypt Station feels like Paul McCartney having a blast being Macca, grasping his own identity, and relishing it--a fun, at times downright bold, return it’s something fans will cherish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MNEK absolutely knows his way around a pop banger, and it’s his expansive, polished production on more upbeat moments that saves Language from falling flat with cliché lyrics and the dreary lament of slower tracks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bouncing with tastefully witty track titles, fizzing synths and mechanic beats, Family Of Aliens perfectly encapsulates the sound of 2018.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deaths is punchy and economical, written under the pressure of looming deadlines. But even then, it doesn’t abandon the literary and experimental sensibilities developed on the band’s previous records.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Initial cuts from French duo The Blaze showcased their electronic influences, however with this new album they’ve gone above and beyond with their sizzling percussions, mournful vocals and trance-like sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the album we've been waiting for, whether we knew it or not.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Rainbow Sound is an album that shows a band in flux. The songs sounds bigger and more articulated. Menace Beach are using a larger musical palate and it mostly works.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this is Spiritualized’s last – and Pierce hasn’t fully rowed-back on that threat, given his lucubrations drove him “crazy”--it’s a very satisfying denouement. If not, it’s still a stellar addition to the Spiritualized® catalogue, matching the vitality of ‘Songs in A&E’ or the richness of ‘that famous one from 1997’, even if it doesn’t say anything especially new.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TERRY are over the hype and romance of being a new band and their music is richer for it, veering off in all directions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Indigo is no groundbreaker, it’s exciting for an album with so much nostalgia to sound as fresh and pristine as this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the visceral joy and catchy melodies of the music; it's Joseph Talbot’s lyrics that are the main event. Part social commentary, stand-up routine and motivational quotes lyrics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Say what you like about the album, it’s impossible to deny it is blazing with confidence and a witty, abrasive humour. What we loved about Slaves when they emerged into the DIY punk scene has returned into the mainstream, and about time too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Better Life is an entirely different beast, expanding on their debut’s vigorous garage-pop sound to create something darker, meatier and much heavier on all fronts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whilst sonically Fixed Ideals can vary in its impact, Lande Hekt’s lyrics tell a relatable story in a crafty way, carrying the record all the way through.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mogwai have come a long way since ‘Angels vs. Aliens’ in 1996. Gone are the walls of raging guitar and searing feedback. In its place is understated quiet and contemplation. This underpins KIN and really adds a grandiose dollop cinematic majesty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Let’s Go Sunshine is a solid album, though not groundbreaking. It is clear that The Kooks have tried to deviate from their established sound in a way that doesn’t completely alienate older fans, and rightly so.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instantly familiar while still feeling fresh; nostalgic while clearly the product of a band who’ve carved a niche rather than rest on their laurels, Is This Thing Cursed? is the album long-term fans have been clamouring for since Skiba shaved his hair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is littered with exquisite collaborations.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This might not be as immediate and catchy as previous Animal Collective releases, possibly due to Panda Bear’s absence, but its one of their most transfixing and beguiling.