The Independent (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 1,931 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Lowest review score: 20 The Awakening
Score distribution:
1931 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than phone anything in, Cooper’s clearly making the most of his elder statesman position, finding new ways to freshen up vintage sounds and styles. He’s every bit as durable as the American city he celebrates.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thematically and sonically, For Those That Wish to Exist feels limitless.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although the sonic mood mellows after the first two tracks, listeners will be invited to share the transcendent joy in memories of a lost child; the awe of an uxorious lover whose prayer-like love for his wife is a continual saving grace; and the frustration of a caged man with an “open road” of a heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    His 2017 debut Reaper was built around tender guitar motifs that would mesh with stuttery trap beats. There is some of this on Trauma Factory, but it’s been mostly sidelined in favour of vocal melodies that frequently sound like playground rhymes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An ambitious reach for new heights.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the album’s slick production and radio-ready melodies, one wishes Pale Waves could find a more sophisticated language to express youthful enlightenment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The record is divided into two sets. The first half is a jagged-edged electro backed spleen-splurge with all seven tracks titled with the CAPS LOCK ON. The smoother, more soulful second half finds him in more reflective, lower-case mood.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is something admirable about the fact they stay so firmly planted in their lane. Medicine at Midnight is unlikely to win over many new fans, but it will make the existing ones happy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It just feels tedious and predictable. Portentous twangs of guitar? Tick. Shivery percussion? Tick. Screeches of feedback? Tick. A frontman who delivers lyrics (rambling prose) in a croaky, squawking gasp that recalls Mark E Smith? Tick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it could stand to sound more consistent throughout (at times The Staves sound like they’re throwing that proverbial spaghetti against the wall), Good Woman successfully demonstrates that even through life’s lessons and uncomfortable liminal states, family is the most stabilising force.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On All Fours is undoubtedly an intense listen, with its blistering harmonies and Pendlebury’s low murmur. They’re good for a sharp analogy, too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not Your Muse is an album that will lure you back time and time again, as much for its technical brilliance as any of its other qualities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The charm – and perhaps a flaw – of Collapsed in Sunbeams is how easy it is to drift in and out of it. At times, Parks’s prism colours and ideas can leap out, scatter and startle you. At others, the myriad references to fruit and fashion alongside mental health catchphrases can feel like flipping through a magazine. But then, that’s how the light works. And I’m so glad Parks is here to brighten this dark year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Isles invites you to close your eyes and let your alpha waves throw their own shapes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Home sounds like an invitation to a decedent, warmly lit house party where there may or may not be a jar of keys in the corner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magic Mirror is an impressive and mature debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Spare Ribs certainly reflects the personal and political overload of 2021, but half an hour in you’d be forgiven for scanning the horizon for your stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drunk Tank Pink offers a new sense of space, of notes ricocheting off walls. Green and Coyle-Smith clearly enjoyed experimenting with unconventional guitar tunings, playing energised ping pong with the tangy twists of key.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It offers no narrative to speak of and only brief glimpses of personality. It is a blancmange of watered-down R&B, each song sliding listlessly into the next.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to unpack, but Welfare Jazz is a smart and rousing listen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Each artist is joined at some point by Gibb’s distinctive high, breathy voice. It’s wobblier now, but sounds a little more searching and humble.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weird, wonderful and whimsical, McCartney III finds the walrus on inspirational form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Swift has said she has no idea where she’s going from here. She doesn’t need to. But it’s a Christmas treat to hear her enjoy creating a whole magical, mystical world away from the spotlight. No reinvention required.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s probably the pandemic’s impact on the live music scene that makes an album like this feel more welcome than it might have last year. It’s still not comparable to the real thing, but it does remind us of what we’re missing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reflective, immersive and, in a more subtle way, euphoric, this is the record to put the art into The Avalanches’ party.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Weird!’s eclecticism frequently threatens to overwhelm. ... Where Yungblud is consistent is his lyrics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The faithful will feel more than sated, and newcomers will find more to suck on here than a peppermint bass drum.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the dearth of original melodies and ideas, there’s an obvious nod to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 “All I Have To Do Is Dream”. And throughout this record, Mendes’s savvy songwriting team are harking back to retro influences to suit the vintage ice cream parlour shades of the singer’s shirts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cyr
    20 songs that alternate between good and dreary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From start to finish, Plastic Hearts dresses catchy, Eighties-indebted pop melodies in rock’s studded leather, lets them spin a few wheelies and max out the speedo. It’s basically a truckload of fun with added blood and guts, driven by Cyrus’s reckless, open-throated, soul-bearing charisma.