Trouser Press' Scores

  • Music
For 169 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Funeral
Lowest review score: 10 Somebody's Miracle
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 169
169 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MGMT's first long-player may have included catchier singles, but Congratulations is the better album, trading Oracular's deceptive superficiality for psychedelic grandeur. Of course, like all psychedelic things, that grandeur is pretty deceptive, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer David Bottrill (King Crimson, Tool, Muse) gives Battle for the Sun a lean, sharp sound, stripping away a lot of the synthetic weight that bulked up the group's last few albums.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, 21st Century Breakdown delivers less than it promises; it’s more successful as a rock album than as a rock opera.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Noel provides the best songs on Dig Out Your Soul, although his bandmates certainly can’t be accused of slacking in their efforts. The problem with this one is that it’s front-loaded with Noel’s songs, which makes the proceedings start to drag a bit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, the joyfulness and invention, a marvel of pop craft, make Here We Stand hit the spot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Weezer (red album), co-produced by Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee (who has worked in the studio with Snow Patrol and R.E.M. and was a guitarist in Compulsion), is slight and flimsy (10 songs, 42 minutes), but finally returns the band to its peak entertainment level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brimming with confidence and good humor, Don’t Do Anything is another high point in a career that threatens to become overstuffed with them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid enough set from the Around the Sun tour but not particularly revelatory, it’s exactly what one would expect from a late-period R.E.M. live album, with no surprises in performance or setlist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In Rainbows is a richly textured and resonant record. In a career marked by dramatic reinvention, Radiohead’s latest phase — growing old gracefully--is going quite well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The instrumental "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" showcases Grohl's acoustic guitar chops, while the piano-driven "Home" provides a lovely ending to an excellent album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The songs are catchy and listenable, but Samson's lyrics lack the depth of songs like 'Benediction' or 'A New Name for Everything' on its predecessor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rise to Your Knees doesn't sound exactly like either previous incarnation. Those expecting a return to form will find this one decidedly mellow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dylanesque is a winner, succeeding both for its incongruity and its sympathy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feist offers diversity and charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Favourite Worst Nightmare is a surprisingly significant improvement on an excellent debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impassioned, angry and devastating document.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rewarding, resonant album, Neon Bible ranks among the best indie rock recordings of all time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The dolorous and enervated West reins in some (not all) of Williams' willful stylistic misadventures while holding fast to her golden triumvirate of death, love and longing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than any rock album in recent memory... this is a producer's creation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Ys
    It's like being stuck in the seat next to a chatty, batshit backwoods pixie for an 18-hour plane ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Individually, the tracks are every bit as good as anything else he’s ever written; as a whole, however, the album is too much of the same thing, as one glum tale follows another.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A likable, cogent album of adult punk-pop that matches Dando's easygoing voice to genial fuzz-rock.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As music for airports, the album hums along like a tension-age sedative, but if it was meant to be a grand artistic statement by an acclaimed band with a distinctive vision, it's pretty much static.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine any other band with as much indie cred that could succeed with this material; it would be too audacious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Robinsons remain a fascinating couple on Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, burning through more inspiration and ideas in one album than any band has a right to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the depression accompanying a relationship breakup comes through, several tracks lose their quirkiness in the studio setting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, his lyrics don't measure up; he writes songs that repeat a phrase or two in lieu of any sort of finished thought.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    By so clearly rejecting the terms and expectations of rock and pop, The Drift asks fairly explicitly to be taken as a serious work of art. However, for all its highbrow aspirations, it seems to fall between two realms, lacking the innovative reach that would make it a credible presence among contemporary avant-garde compositions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gap between expectations and delivery, the contrast of emotions that go into real life as opposed to pop fantasy, makes this brief but satisfying album a pointed delight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are problems. For one thing, some of these songs have been done to death. More important, their voices don't blend all that harmoniously, and not all the arrangements do the tunes justice.