Village Voice (Consumer Guide)'s Scores

  • Music
For 223 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 Pick A Bigger Weapon
Lowest review score: 16 A Day Without Rain
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 223
223 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Not only is his willingness to express emotion commoner than indie denizens imagine, his failure to undercut that emotion with irony or humor is a spiritual weakness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the empathy of so many young men, especially artists, his is more self-involved than saints like us prefer. But at least he expresses empathy--to memorable melodies that very nearly bear up under the repetitions his rarely witless or superfluous lyrics require.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They turn in their best album since 1996 even though some schmuck from the Charlatans ruins track two.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The collection doesn't cohere the way it should, and I still say seek out Talkin' Honky Blues. But wherever you start, he's a major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This no-talent is masscult rock at its most brazen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Its double-CD sprawl is ambitious not hubristic, imposing not indigestible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This is too classical, too romantic, and too I-yam-what-I-yam all at once.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Funny, catchy, clever, and irreverent past his allotted time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What carries the album is, I swear, the skits.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Leonard Cohen has had No Voice since he began recording at 33. But he has more No Voice today, at 70, than he did on Ten New Songs, at 67.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I don't get this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's that Ramones sense that songs should be short like life, and that XTC sense that songs should be complicated like life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here the defining flow is sonic--a shadowy, guitar-drenched tone poem of the streets.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her chin-up ditties don't connect every time, but her abandonment of home recording will win new listeners anyway.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Beyond some rich-and-famous irony, not a single suburban detail soils an hour of good intentions. And you know the music overreaches too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Morrison's predictably intelligent solo debut puts personality where the Dismemberment Plan's synergy used to be.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smile's post-adolescent utopia isn't disfigured by Brian's thickened, soured 62-year-old voice. It's ennobled--the material limitations of its sunny artifice and pretentious tomfoolery acknowledged and joyfully engaged.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Grae can rhyme, and if she had a male larynx and a production budget, her hype men, chipmunk soul, minor-key piano hooks, and "I wanna rock a fella so bad" might stand underground on its head.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    There's no economics, no race, hardly any compassion. Joe name-checks America as if his hometown of Berkeley was in the middle of it, then name-checks Jesus as if he's never met anyone who's attended church. And to lend his maunderings rock grandeur, he ties them together with devices that sunk under their own weight back when the Who invented them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    And that's how the album goes--too fond of drama, but aware of its small place in the big world, and usually beautiful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Often seems fragile, offhand, tentative, even enervated. But this isn't a weakness--it only makes their sound more their own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rarely do the settings distinguish themselves.... But a distinct voice delivering noticeable verbal content is a setting too--that's why you notice the content.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    His productivity isn't exuberance, it's greed; his PG rating isn't scruples, it's cowardice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here, their structures adamantly circular and their tunes less catchy but more durable, they make dandy mystagogues on an album that begins inarticulate and attains the nirvana of total nonverbality.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Class warfare meets gangsta-rock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music on this feisty, funny rap album isn't new--just irresistible.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Granted his major-label production budget in the sky, Tim DeLaughter hones his tunes and dispels woozy comparisons to the Flaming Lips.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Foolhardy though it was to saddle such an uncrucial record with a title that dares the young and the restless to bitch about how it doesn't change the world, the rest of us are free to enjoy how confidently it develops a groove.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine any of the suckers who fell for the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot hype striving to identify with, say, "Muzzle of Bees." Not impossible. Just hard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This unusually songful set is well up among their late good ones, its dissonances a lingua franca deployed less atmospherically than has been their recent practice.