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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Something much bigger than last year's Girls Can Tell, the breakthrough album skeptics like me took for a fluke peak.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sleater-Kinney... go for defiant uplift and seem energized by the challenge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Her best bunch of songs since--not Broken English, that's ridiculous, but Strange Weather or A Child's Adventure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The latest Old Person to forge Honest Music in the teeth of a Youth-Orientated Marketplace has lost his legendary voice, so what's the attraction?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The old sound is hard in new ways.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bad laptop Blondie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's not enough for Anthony Keidis to get all mature--he's supposed to say something interesting about maturity. And he's never had thing one to say about anything else.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    While the songwriting ain't bad, it also ain't that good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Without resorting to anything so obvious as a hook she manages to maintain continuity and interest over an hour-plus of poetry-with-funk.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Deeply anonymous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The overall effect is less grand than that of Endtroducing six years ago, popper and rocker and r&ber. But an overall effect there is, grounded in Shadow's trademark-tremendous bass 'n' drum.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Skeletal, fragmented, stumblebum, Kim and Kelley retain their knack for righting themselves with a tuneburst just when you thought they'd never do the limbo again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's at his best in the fictional-mythic mode that prevails here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Hives explode where a hundred other punk bands are proud to rock.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mood music, maybe. How to be conscious and happy at the same time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Eventually, the tunes fall into place. What never materialize in sufficient number are the billowing climaxes and cutting remarks that mark their best albums, meaning most of them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    No dolt, she figures it's in her best interest to sound like one--as well as an insider outsider like Gush and Bore, whose horrible lessons in playing it safe she takes to heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Pop isn't an ambition for these smart people with other things to do, it's a discipline--the tunes strong, the beats solid, the vocals lightly yearning and pungently sweet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sure they're clever, but they're also as shallow as Britney Spears.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even when the forced pronunciations turn gauche, she remains a good egg who's not afraid to put herself on the line.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are pop songs in the sense that they deliver their payloads in 90 seconds. But they're also confessional, dark, downtempo--and, OK, a little gauche sometimes, which just makes them seem realer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Imperfect, definitely. But only because perfection is on the table.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At 78 minutes this is too long, and especially given his history, "The Lost Children" is offensive. But the first three tracks are the Rodney Jerkins of the year, "2000 Watts" is the Teddy Riley of the past five years, and even the prunables offer small surprises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Mediocre pop songs with pretensions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Obviously it's not perky enough, funky enough either, but their best (and third) album in 15 years (and probably last ever) sounds an awful lot like what kids today call pop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Here's one new rock record whose optimistic abandon is specifically conceived as a response to deprivation and attack.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Strokes' privileged formalism is annoying, so too their delight in romantic dysfunction. But they're smarter than the playa haters who aren't smart enough to target these blatant shortcomings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first four tracks... [are] as powerful as any he's written.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No catchier collection of jingles has come to my attention since Steve Miller made his mint off jet airliners.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    [Crosses] PG-13 thug and subpar Luther Vandross.