Nude As The News' Scores

  • Music
For 140 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Hearts Of Oak
Lowest review score: 25 The History of Rock
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 140
140 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dark, downtrodden, and gloomy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's an improvement over Standards, which sounded unfinished, but it's nowhere near the peaks of Millions, TNT, or even the self-titled first album's great "Tin Cans And Twine."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lot of major label-imposed ideas, like rhythm guitar and a heartbreakingly conventional new bass sound, combine to utterly ruin the record's first half. If you can make it through to News' innards, however, an EP's worth of something like better-recorded, more thought-out Lonesome Crowded West material awaits.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On first pass the album might feel like a lateral or even backward step. After repeated spins, however, its subtler arrangements take up digs in your head like pesky squatters who one day, inexplicably, start doing chores or even paying rent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album has enough setbacks that Terroir Blues cannot be considered on the same page as Trace, Straightaways, or anything he did with Uncle Tupelo.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By turns alluring, obnoxious, and laugh-out-loud-funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An odd, almost schizophrenic collection.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most indie-somethings will scoff defiantly upon hearing the note-for-note schlepping of excerpts from Mogwai's Young Team or the Sonic Youth-isms dripping from some of the guitar build-ups. Still, the members of Kinski, like a stubborn weed in a thicket of thorns, grow past their numerous predecessors at times, unearthing moments of pure psychotropic bliss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With her second solo album, Timony returns to earth, revitalized by a renewed sense of adulthood, while continuing the experiments with mood and texture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The catchy songwriting doesn't sit well next to Neil's crunchy soul, and the performances feel so stiff it makes for an unusually uncomfortable listen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although the whole thing begins to make more sense after (many) repeat listens, the overall results are at best uneven, and at worst, absolutely baffling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, talent alone doesn't always make a great record, and Howdy! lacks the excitement to put it in that category.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Eclectic to the point of sounding confused.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For the first time in a long time, one can actually listen to David Gahan's lyrics. Indeed, on Exciter, he has rarely sounded less moronic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Possibly a step forward from The Boatman's Call, but far from being a return to form.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Little more than infuriatingly lame collaborations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This ambient/noise/psychedelic amalgam is limited by tedious repetition and a lack of emotional focus.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ghost have helped Damon & Naomi reinvent themselves on this dream-pop excursion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sounds more like a toss-off by a drunk band in the studio.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    While Golden Greats features some intriguing tracks and a healthy dose of Brown's trademark bravado, it doesn't come close to ringing in as powerfully as the Roses' era-defining sound.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SDRE has always flirted with prog-rock machinations, but some of these songs are just too over the top to be written off as experiments in musical nostalgia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Belle & Sebastian's formula is beginning to see some wear.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The big downside is the lyrics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He wastes half of the ideas for lack of a good singer, and can't resist some counterproductive musical doodling in the arrangements.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The best record Lou Reed has made in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The uninitiated will still perceive these songs as music to slit your wrists to, but The Covers Record is actually the first time Chan Marshall lets her hair down for more than one song per album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Cure fans will enjoy this record, it's well-made and Smith doesn't break character. Everybody else, no sequels to "The Love Cats" will be found herein. Feel free to stay the hell away.