Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 3,801 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Dead Man's Pop [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 10 Wake Up!
Score distribution:
3801 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has the power to give you these little, unexpected, rushes enabling you to fall utterly for this intricate, complex, but captivating album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A new listener to Everything Everything may not be fully converted, but the synth-pop twinkles coating this record freshen up their sound.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘Where’s My Utopia?’ is a musically diverse step forward for Yard Act, who refuse to be intimidated by their debut.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Psychedelic rock in its original form, the album is unlikely to win the duo many new fans, but as a testament to enjoying life, it’s unrivalled.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Real Estate emerged as a band renewed, the palpable unity in these performances amplifying their sense of purpose. A Springtime joy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘On Purpose, With Purpose’ shows an artist who continues to be authentic, whilst also realising that at this stage of his career he needs to adapt his style in order to achieve greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The rugged, ragged ‘Twenty Things’ sits against the bolshy ‘Sad Lads Anonymous’, a record whose sonic breadth is matched to the assured nature of its construction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a whole, ‘Loss Of Life’ deftly balances the ability to appeal to the hardcore fans who have stuck with them, all while winning back the hearts of those who may have been lost along the way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nestled amongst some of her most nuanced and carefully placed moments of Americana and joined by a host of backing singers and musicians from Connor Oberst to Hand Habits‘ Meg Duffy, Segarra manages to take solace in the fact that while we are victims of our formative years, there is always scope to heal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘Under The Sun’ isn’t an album to play while doing something else. It might start off as this but eventually you are listening intently, lost in its dense fug of sound and delicate melodies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A project that demands to be listened to in one sitting, there is an immersive quality across the tracklist that instantly strikes through. Each track is submerged in a nocturnal wash of acoustics, playful in its use of distance, textures and melody.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Itasca’s ‘Imitation Of War’ is a wonderful record, one whose spell only reveals itself over countless enraptured listens.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wise’s third record is a glossy-smooth addition to a stellar discography, oozing with infectious melodies, tempered production and lashes of sex appeal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In forty minutes, the band not only reminds listeners why they became scene heroes but also why they’re one of the UK’s most thrilling exports. For our money, it’s another home-run of a record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In terms of consistency, ‘Venus’ doesn’t quite match her previous work. Sure, it’s heaps of fun at times and packed with plenty of euro pop bangers to satisfy the faithful, but this time around, otherworldly, celestial highs compensate for moments when Larsson surrenders to commercial viability during its unfortunately frequent lows.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    ‘COMING HOME’ competently portrays love as part Afrodisiac, part pulse-racing chase, part languorous and lived-in sensation. ‘COMING HOME’ is also tangential to the live spectacle, and that’s okay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His third is a fun yet wonderfully composed record that sounds radically different to what he’s produced before. If a little odd at points with a dialling down of immediacy, patience is required to fully appreciate the pay-off.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may be hard to place genre-wise, it’s not hard to see its quality and sense of ambition.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’d be difficult to proclaim it her finest work, ‘She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She’ is certainly Wolfe’s most ambitious and careful-constructed album. Deliciously-dramatic in its nocturnal flair, it cracks open a whole new set of tantalising sonic possibilities for Wolfe’s and her collaborators’ future.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record holds a conciliatory anger at a civilisation that can’t save itself from itself. And through an exploration of war, bloodspill, loss and confusion Vera Sola has continued to tell her story, and invite us into her arresting world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is an album is subtle transition. Broadening the dynamic between light and shadow, rock crunch and synth splendour, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes grapple with their sound, oozing confidence at every turn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a delightful, towering debut that will indeed leave you ecstatic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While hardly reinventing the wheel with ‘What Do We Do Now,’ J has yet again delivered a set of songs that only an enigma like he could.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arresting, yet often unexpected, ‘Fairweather Friend’ pilfers from the indie pop lineage, while daring to stamp out a unique identity of its own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bold work of evolution, ‘EVERYBODY CAN’T GO’ utilises some fantastic production – notably from Hit-Boy – to piece together a seamless record, one that hauls his sound forwards into a fresh era.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of Kirby’s key strengths is her lyrics, but even with her voice front and foremost her repeated appeal to “wait, wait, wait, listen” seems like it could be genuine. On the other hand, the fact that a first spin inspires a kind of relaxed inattention just makes ‘Blue Raspberry’ more of a slow burn, one which rewards listeners who come back for more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘What an enormous room’ is an amalgamation of its title: an expansive collection of tracks, difficult to define, but somehow remains undeniably TORRES.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite having to navigate different kinds of losses to get to this stage, Tucker and Brownstein have emerged stringently triumphant, their bond stronger and more unshakeable than ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a debut, it cements the band as one with a long path ahead of them. As an album, it’s a deeply moving, mesmerizing work with themes that stick with you long after listening.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Future Islands’ fans will find plenty to love with this album, with some of the songs here already instant favourites and others feeling like some of the best, most fully realised of their career thus far.