Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 2,393 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Exile On Main Street [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 10 Cardiology
Score distribution:
2393 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything about it works, from the lo-fi artwork, to the lingering samples, measured basslines and sedate beats, but there is a feeling of urgency and gravity to these tracks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst the album could do without a cover of Billy Joel's ‘Just The Way You Are’, it doesn't detract from the overall feeling of warmth threading through this project.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An arresting, astonishing experience, Schlagenheim is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shea Butter Baby manages to meld contemporary R&B with other sounds like soul, funk, and blues, all while introducing us to the Ari Lennox of today – and the inspirations that guide her every move.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picking up exactly where they left off, The Raconteurs’ denim-clad early ‘70s reference points are in check, delivered in gleeful, exuberant, electrifying fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ronson’s ability to tap into each artist’s strengths and dig out their particular prowess allows each voice to shine through and own each individual track. This is what elevates the record to a guaranteed award winner and a truly empowering listen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is their lushest sounding project yet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jinx isn’t really a narrative anyway, more a fine assemblage in which a slightly eldritch weirdness is balanced with pop nous. It certainly feels like Crumb are on the cusp of something here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The three piece are as creative and alluring than ever before, and it solidifies the band’s place at the top of their game. Through wide-eyed vulnerability and reflective song writing, False Alarm is a game-changing record for the future of indie-rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even as the production’s impact dips in the midst of playtime, when the final note of ‘The Seed’ plays what’s left in one’s memory is only the good, and for that Aurora’s latest album succeeds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it isn’t as immediate as ‘Everybody Down’ or as viscerally brutal as ‘Brand New Ancients’, there is a new maturity here. Tempest is baring her soul, and scars, for the world to see – she doesn’t need to rage to get her point across. There is a powerful understatement to this album that yields more secrets with every listen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nostalgic, melancholic, worrisome and finally joyful, Doom Days is a production that leaves you with optimism for a better tomorrow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experimental production combines with soulful pop here, as we see Jordan Rakei is at his brightest and boldest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Madame X isn’t just an album (if it is that at all) – it’s an opera, or a comedy of errors. It’ll make you feel confusion, frustration, happiness and maybe joy, but it will definitely make you feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Western Stars is an understated triumph, righting the wrongs of his last few releases and more than emphasises the fact that Springsteen is still brilliant enough to be invested in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A return to a more DIY approach delivers plentiful psychedelic sounds and heady hooks, emanating joyful warmth in spite of a seething thread of cynicism amid troubling political times.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With plenty to digest, there’s no lack of ideas, if maybe a lack of focus. Stripping this back to a leaner, focused synth set might have injected a bit more punch. That said, Office Politics finds the underrated genius as acerbic and creatively inspired as ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The end result is a rewardingly eclectic mix, if not slightly discombobulating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ZUU
    ZUU is an experience that transports the listener to a specific time and place. ZUU is further proof that Denzel Curry is one of hip-hop's most interesting and progressive MCs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Ignorance Is Bliss, Skepta is back with a renewed hunger and sense of purpose, overcoming a new set of challenges and proving once again why he is a grime mainstay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sacred Paws feel like they have figured out how people listen to music ie. as part of playlists rather than albums, and have set out to write a collection of songs that will fit perfectly into the popular picks in your three minute indie summery vibe playlist, a place where a fair few will nestle in nicely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right now it sits near the top of 2019’s jazz releases. However, if things continue in this fashion it might not even make the top ten by the end of the year, which is an exciting prospect to say the least.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ambition behind Apollo XXI was already easily perceptible on singles like ‘Playground’, whose energy could best be termed ‘Yung Prince’, and becomes clearer still over the course of its other 11 songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sule Skerry is a hymn to the sea, and it certainly feels that way in places: there’s a gentle ebb and flow to its ambient pieces which rarely threaten storm’s break, save perhaps the more urgent arpeggios of ‘Lump O’ Sea’.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Diviner is a brave album and Thorpe should be commended for it. It challenges what masculinity should be and that you don’t have to shout to get your message across.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not without its faults, In Plain Sight sees Honeyblood explore new avenues and break-out of any box they were previously placed in, with a genre-less collection of honest, futuristic-sounding songs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than once, in fact, the album surprises with moments of rock gusto. Wilson’s trademark balladry is still in full force, but musically this is a much rawer affair than anything previous album ‘There Are No Saints’ could have foretold.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    High doses of intricacy and complexity are contained on Reward. It is a record that signals an attempt to find and hold on to meaning in life. Intimate and personal, it is also one where mumbling is the order of the day, and where a lack of clarity is desired, intended and legit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amyl and the Sniffers is a thumping, screaming, wailing magnet for misfits, losers, and outcasts, a clarion call for rejects and mis-shapes that is also an obscenely, outrageously good time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flamagra reminds us just how good Flying Lotus sounds when soundtracking transcendence.