Launch.com's Scores

  • Music
For 354 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Live In New York City
Lowest review score: 20 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 354
354 music reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No one--and I mean, no one, not even people paid to say such things--is going to confuse this with Highway 61 Revisited or even Nashville Skyline, but when the official Bob Dylan bubblegum card is issued, Love And Theft will certainly rank ahead of Knocked Out Loaded and Saved.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He hasn’t made a great album, but even Tupac never managed that; the bombed-out landscape of Boy In Da Corner burns instead with all the anger, confusion and messed-up desperation of youth.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining the two discs might have insured an unbeatable follow-up; however, the flawed, fascinating separation reveals what makes this partnership so special.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skinner has often been declared the Eminem of British rap. But on A Grand..., he proves that if anything, he's British hip-hop's answer to master storyteller Ray Davies, or maybe idiot savant Brian Wilson.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer melodic gorgeousness of the finest songs here make Alice the pick of Waits's new matched set.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Spinning a zoo of samples redundantly, song after song, can only amuse the most blissed-out of stoners...
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an astounding body of work--and definitely one of the year’s best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the most accomplished, powerful, and entertaining hard rock albums ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hammond's vocal, minus Waits's affected (and annoying) growl, puts the emphasis where it belongs--on the songs. The effect is to make peculiar vistas like "Jockey Full Of Bourbon" and "Murder In The Red Barn" even more vivid and the tunes truly sound like artifacts from another era.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of his best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is simple music, driving music, perfect music for getting a good bath from the asinine perils of nu-metal and modern rock.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, like the Chemical Bros. before them, have the brains to upend house with music as disparate as Spanish flamenco, bebop, Motown funk, and Philly soul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    West is at his best the higher the lyrical stakes get, and the more they contradict hip-hop orthodoxy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A pleasure to examine at close range.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    World Without Tears... is the singer-songwriter's rawest album to date -- it's often closer to all-out rock than it is to either alt-country or the singer-songwriter tradition -- and it's also her best release so far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grace includes lots of atmospheric touches that are two steps beyond country and miles too ethereal to call pop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All the experimenting produces inevitable indulgences (take Amiri Baraka--please!), but even throughout them, each backbeat from drummer ?uestlove hammers an exciting new sound into place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with her partner David Rawlings, Welch pulls together quiet unassuming tunes that straddle the line between country and folk and have finally found a home in the public consciousness via the Coen Bros.' O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music gets gorgeously bizarre, but there is always a sleepy dog and a piece of apple pie waiting at night's end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, it's an earful of music, but it's a good earful, with more smarts, twists, turns and ear-pleasing trickery than one band should be allowed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Highly recommended.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This may be the Steve Earle album for people who've never been Steve Earle fans before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her taste in cover material is slightly idiosyncratic, but that does nothing but add luster to the program...
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OST
    Genre-wise, it's a schizophrenic shambles, yet somehow it all hangs together wonderfully as a solid, satisfying album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His singing is a bit improved and the playing throughout is heartfelt and strong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Soft Bulletin is sparse and enchanted, like the band has awoken from a long dream spent spinning in outer space.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An album meant to enrage, amuse and enliven.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A funky good time from two house music smarty pants with a future.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Geogaddi is even more stripped-down and beautiful than Music Has..., BOC using simple circular rhythms and eerie samples to create an airless, ethereal ultraworld.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times, it's clever and/or charming ("Penelope," "Mimi Merlot"), but almost always tedious.