ShakingThrough.net's Scores

  • Music
For 491 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Lowest review score: 32 Something To Be
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 491
491 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Another almost-but-not-quite entry in a catalog full of near-miss gems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is mature, considered, powerfully expressed stuff, anti-hipster in its refusal to draw explicit attention to itself, commercially questionable in its lack of instant-gratification melodies and structures. What a breath of fresh air that is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Grinderman might actually be Cave’s sappy hopeless romantic testament. That he accomplishes it without orchestral arrangements and mopey strings is truly impressive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A restless, questing work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Without interesting stories to tell, it all feels like an empty-calorie exercise in vapid songcraft.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Because of the Times... reveals a band growing musically and revealing the requisite growing pains.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Mostly he just wants to make big, fun, Bowie-esque declamations or work out a nervy punk jones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Clearly, what we’re dealing with here isn’t a new Modest Mouse, but one with a few new, calculated tricks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unflinchingly grim set.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Leo hits a few bull’s-eyes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The arrangements are lovely, as always, but it’s Bird’s openness (as opposed to his inscrutability) that pays the greatest dividends on this exquisite, resonant work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Person Pitch is a paradoxically personal yet expansive work, a set that seems incredibly intimate to Lennox but universally open to a world of possibilities.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, underneath the strings and the percussion and the guitars, that is what The Arcade Fire has been about: making us want to do. That the band again achieves that goal, after changing its scope and refocusing tis sound, makes Neon Bible a success.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The Search is protest music for the cryptology set.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    For better or worse, RJD2’s talent is beat-making. While it’s easy to applaud him for following his dreams, we can’t give him extra marks for his output.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Give Tobin credit for shaking things up, but Foley Room is more an example that proves he should stick to his strengths and go back to the vinyl-filled crates for material.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone is not that perfect album that reinvents the genre, but it is a primer on everything good about it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Perhaps an unrefined but fiery bar band would have been better suited to accompany such nakedly raw material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    You want back-to-basics? This is it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The hooks are much more muted than on the band’s debut Oh, Inverted World, and overall Wincing the Night Away assumes a less assertive stance than sophomore standout Chutes Too Narrow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Kingdom Come is exactly the kind of rote product Jay-Z seemed to want to avoid when he "retired": It's a victory lap without a victory, a rare instance of a rap superstar blowing his own horn and yet sounding half-hearted about it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Orphans is a bravura showcase for the instrument of Tom Waits’ voice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ys
    The narrative plot of each song retains the best features of Newsom's previous work, and is gloriously wordy. Here might be the album's one weakness, since it's simply hard to understand a line like "Scrap of sassafras, eh Sisyphus?" when it's set to rhythm, to say nothing of back-and-forth dialogue.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    +44's first effort is an enjoyable diversion, but it's not apt to stop anyone's heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with many concept albums, the concept itself gets buried beneath the show-off virtuosity, the band's ringing need to not only impress but bedazzle the listener.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    An album that feels a bit self-conscious in its adult-contemporary skin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Shadow simply holds together better than recent Jurado efforts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Unlike the groups' prior albums, Remember the Night Parties carries less heft due to its shimmering pop mindset.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    What sounded fresh and spontaneous a decade back now seems labored and wearying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Ultimately, they don't come across as unbearably pretentious so much as just really, really misguided.