Vibe's Scores

  • Music
For 290 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Naked Truth
Lowest review score: 20 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 290
290 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Usher's back at ya with a consistent third album that has a good chance of staying afloat in a marketplace overflowing with crooning R&B clones. [Sep 2001, p.235]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, hate it or love it, his albums are always a, what's the word we're looking for... cinematic event.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a vicarious and melodious debut, it's clear that hip-hop's hopeful hasn't shied from his balancing act.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Her fourth, The Element of Freedom, is full of straightforward pleas for affection that are neither outstanding nor run-of-the-mill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Diplo and Switch clearly cherish the glitches and low-tech glory of vintage Jamaican music. But they’re much better off when re-imagining as opposed to indulging in tongue-in-cheek mimicry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a typically eccentric tour de force from Mos Def. But this time, he recruits producers capable of keeping pace with him.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While The E.N.D may be the farthest The Black Eyed Peas have ventured outside traditional hip hop, the final product proves the group is best at creating their own conventions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blaqkout is an audible feast, filled with Quik’s rich production and Kurupt’s tenacious lyricism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When Relapse ditches Eminem the craaaazzzyyy white rapper, in favor of a maniacal narrator obsessed with graphic rape and violence (subjects much more in line with hip hop’s forgotten horror-core subgenre than anything to do with being a superstar rapper in 2009), Em works wonders with words, expanding the boundaries of the art of rap itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The middle-aged MCs have forged an album that reflects their belief that skills will always trump bells and whistles. Don’t mistake it for complacency--blame it on consistency. BO2 passes the smell test.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For every legitimate contender like 'Arab Money,' there’s mediocre fare such as 'Shoot for the Moon,' where he prattles over a nondescript synth bleat from Danjahandz.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The superstar’s first album in three years is a solid, if not consistently energized tribute album to Lionel Richie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of the obstacles--both real and imagined alike--on their second full-length album, Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea, collectively Tanya Morgan, have crafted an expansive tour de force.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ciara is most comfortable in the nook of choreography-driven tracks....What Fantasy Ride lacks are the career-defining highs of songs like 'Promise' and 'Like a Boy,' songs that were romantic and indelible and altogether original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chrisette Michele has delivered a consummate R&B album: controlled, beautiful, thoughtful, with some oomph. The cameos are sparse, the up-tempo tracks are still soulful and the perils of love are dominant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Aside from a new number (281-206-4336!), Jones offers few surprises--the guest list is robust and his rhymes are still mediocre.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    After that promising start [with 'I Love College' and 'Lark on My Go-Kart'], however, Asher loses focus. He floods the Bread Aisle with a series of interesting pop concepts ruined by bland choruses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chester French have deftly balanced the thrills of newness with the reliability of the old--not bad a for a couple of graduates.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rick Ross is on pace to make his best and most complete album yet. He knows it. And soon hip hop fans will too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While, Sov should feel comfy in this climate of likeable, marketable, off-kilter MCs, Jigsaw is too frenetic to function.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With his latest long player, The Last Kiss, the Yonkers heat spitter’s exquisite rhymes again get lost in an overabundance of boilerplate attempts at hits.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Too often these songs either sound recycled or just uninspired.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    R.O.O.T.S. is a solidification of identity. And when you’re trying to keep yourself in the game, sometimes that’s all a sophomore album has to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    UGK 4 Life is a fitting end for the Texas boys. It’s classic UGK--temperamental, turbulent, and trill...for life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a solid offering of tightly conceptualized tunes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If after swallowing that Elixer, you still have the stamina for more, you will be amply rewarded by Minneapolis Sound, or as Prince spells it, MPLSoUND.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Her ten tracks are disposable, and redeemed only by Prince’s extraordinary production ear.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Hilson’s debut is simply okay, not quite the sum of its parts. She has the right juice. Now it’s just a matter of how to keep it flowing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those looking for timeless music on Pray IV Reign may find their prayers unanswered. But if you’re one of Jones’ longtime disciples, Capo’s got you covered.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With no real stand out single, All I Ever Wanted will be a hit with Clarkson die-hards, but is unlikely to influence any Top 40 outsiders.