The Independent on Sunday (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 789 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 One Day I'm Going To Soar
Lowest review score: 20 Last Night on Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 789
789 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether this Blue Note debut featuring Robert Glasper is better than his two albums with Brownswood is moot, but the best tracks--"Trouble", "Heaven on the Ground", "Do You Feel"--are very good indeed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flitting between 1980s soul-pop and jerky indie, it has its big, brash, pop-rock moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Redemption by plucked string. Buddy Miller produces analogically.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of the self-conscious effort to create something "beautiful", the songs slowly reveal themselves to be things of real beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this isn't Foals' pop classic or their art masterpiece, they're having a huge amount of fun squaring that circle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    MBV leaves all other post-rock experimentalists looking like trivial dilettantes. If jet engines could sing, these would be their hymns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They're back now, all troubles set aside, and the results are good.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    His breathless, this-really-matters delivery is ill-served by lines such as "Ain't a fan of vegetables/ It ain't about the peas".
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's nothing that Best Coast and the Magic Numbers don't do better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the self-mockingly banal title onwards, it confirms them as that rare thing: a band able to combine grandiosity and groundedness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wonderful Glorious alternates between distorted rock and freewheeling country-pop interludes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Village largely whispers rather than shouts, and it's all the more powerful for it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a modicum of standard Teenage-Fanclub-meets-Mekons indie jangle. Far more interesting, however, are the dreamy, dazed disco tunes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Collections constitutes a fairly sharp decline.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most of disc one consists of ponderous, blustering nonsense, with a black chandelier used as a metaphor for depression. Disc two shows more promise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is no shortage of shimmery songcraft here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nice is the word.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A genuine classic, in fact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's sprawling, overdue and not for everyone, but at least it's not a play-it-safe comeback with the hot producer of the day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neville almost levitates through doo-wop, soul and R&B standards.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It marries a downbeat songcraft to an expansive sound courtesy of producers Guy Garvey and Craig Potter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With A Wonder Working Stone, Alasdair Roberts continues to blur the borders between ancient and modern, between heady myth and harsh reality, and between folk and whatever sounds right in context.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It might be more accurate to say that nearly all of the songs on Whispering Trees aim for "Satellite of Love" but come closer to achieving Sky dish of desire.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In most cases, the cupboard seems its best home.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    She's an oblique writer and arranger, though, often interesting, never predictable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's that rare commodity: an album to immerse yourself in and spend time with, both things no one does any more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arc
    Arc is built with daytime radio in mind as much as the indie disco.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a soundtrack, sure; as a record, one for the completist.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is mainly charming.