The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 2,075 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Lowest review score: 0 Donda
Score distribution:
2075 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A surprising meditation on fatherhood, family and friendship. Kendrick Lamar’s work has always been introspective, but Mr Morale and the Big Steppers – with guest spots from artists including Florence Welch, Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker and Sampha – has a delicacy and tenderness to it that is unprecedented for the father of two from Compton, California. Because of this, Mr Morale and The Big Steppers is most redolent of Lamar’s second album good kid, m.A.A.d city.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In its commitment to euphoria, Dance Fever is an album that looks forward to the release of all the pandemic’s pent-up energy at this summer’s festivals. ... I hope she never learns to keep a lid on her wonderful wildness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The synth-pop duo were hardly upbeat to begin with, but this is downright miserable. ... Still, it’s not all hopeless – at least the music is good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall Sigrid achieves exactly what she’s set out to do: add some grit to her previously pristine pop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    WE
    Rebooting the euphoria of their 2004 debut, Funeral, WE is a big old blast of an album. One destined to lift the spirit, inflate the soul and get fans dancing giddily through the carnage of 2022.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 13 songs on Blue Water Road roll out in warm, slow-rolling waves of sensuous R&B.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Skinty Fia, Fontaines DC have nailed their themes of urban decay and defiant immigrant soul. They just need to find the courage to fully emerge from the chrysalis of their indie and post-punk influences.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Familia is but a faint impression of what Cabello is truly capable of.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The proof is in the pudding; that pudding being a deliciously prickly collection of songs as lyrically bawdy as ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Chlöe and the Next 20th Century is another shocking left-turn from indie-rock’s chief provocateur: a charming (huh?!), innocuous (gasp!) sojourn into lovely baroque-pop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Jack White’s new solo album Fear of the Dawn is basically one long jam session. Which is fine, if that’s what makes him happy. For the rest of us, it’s a bit of a slog.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s safely on-brand. It’s just smoother, and slower, and sloppier than before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two Ribbons is another milestone for the duo. Their third record finds the inseparable pair separated. Written mostly individually, it explores the small fissures beginning to show in their friendship as they’ve grown up and grown apart. The result is remarkable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The riffs throughout this album are catchy enough to keep the beanie heads nodding along. But producer Travis Barker (Blink 182) repeatedly fills out the sound to the extent that the exposing angularity required to express true anxiety is lost.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never Let Me Go expands on the disassociation Molko encapsulated for so many misunderstood Nineties teens, applying it now to the entire human species.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s delightfully weird.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cypress Hill demonstrates across the record, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Cheech and Chong of hip-hop are back – and are as clear-headed on hazy-eyed matters as ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a spectacular record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Crash is a terrifically structured album, designed to get you up and shimmying off the lockdown pounds as tracks slot sleekly together. ... Crash is a top-down, foot-down trip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sweet and frothy. Probably still a little coffee shop. But not Starbucks, more the soundtrack to your local quirky independent caffeinator.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the record’s immersive qualities, the overwhelming effect is as satisfying as a plaster being ripped right off.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever, you’re left marvelling at Parton’s ability to capitalise on her slick professionalism without ever compromising her huge heart and sparkling spirit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the time you reach the angelic post-rock “Rubicon”, you’ve given up looking for any cohesive thread in Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 and given in to its hazy momentum. Like the post-pandemic age, you never know what’s coming next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A shameless but cathartic hit of nostalgia.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Across the next nine tracks they deliver pounding pop thrills and arena-sized catharsis, in a style that refines their distinctive sound instead of pimping it up, Noughties style.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s crafted to slot neatly into the 6 Music playlist. Smart and friendly. Tasteful and tuneful. Just a little unsurprising.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a magnificent return to form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s an album fuelled by southern heat, with plenty of grit to boot. Their best yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I’m pretty sure that Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is going to be one of my albums of the year. Because few records managed to be this soothing, and interesting too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Dream sees the band moving briskly through sensations, their heads stuck out the window of a speeding car, tongues wagging, sticking to whatever comes their way.