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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its avant parts are more listenable--nay, beautiful--than anything on Washing Machine if not A Thousand Leaves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    If you thought they were bad when they were cute, or even that they were cute when they were good, believe me, you don't want to hear them mature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These 10 well-culled copyrights, two from the '80s and only four from 2000, are something new and ominous, because they're dull. They smell of equine methane: the old-fart hegemony that fuels alt-country, AC radio, and literary anthologies canonizing Ry Cooder, Ernie K-Doe, and Spooner Oldham.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lyrics swirl around sensibly and the formidable tunesmithing never goes down the drain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Occasionally her pushing-30 doubts about the single life are touching, like when she imagines Gavin Rossdale would make a good dad. But after five years, two producers, one Spin cover, and one lead review in Rolling Stone, the single Interscope sent her back to the salt mines for is the best thing on her automatic-platinum follow-up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The main problem with this background tour de force is that you understand not just how good it is but how pretty it is only when you listen up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even more than, speak of the devil, Garth Brooks, she's a creature of the recording industry and the smorgasbord-of-the-air it's laid out everywhere. Are the emotions she displays so pithily as synthetic in the end as her harmonica-with-strings or steel/slide guitar? Does that make them less real?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For any Upper West Side showbiz kid, musical comedy is mother's milk, more "natural" than the rude attack of rock or the polite confessional of folk ... With crucial help from Jon Brion, she's got the Richard Rodgers/Kurt Weill part down, and will surely tackle the Dorothy Fields/Lorenz Hart part later.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More trip- than hip-hop in that its irresistibility is atmospheric -- a sound that pits industrial textures against quiet piano samples/parts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is so pretty it's almost a poem about quiet lyricism--and so passive you want to put crystal meth in its apple juice.
    • Village Voice (Consumer Guide)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even the "jazz" and "punk" cuts are good for a few laughs -- total losers are rare indeed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But though the blues and gospel and more gospel testify not just for song but for body and spirit, they wouldn't shout anywhere near as loud and clear without the mastermind's ministrations--his grooves, his pacing, his textures, his harmonies, sometimes his tunes...
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At its most generous, this may be the music of the young Brian Wilson's dysfunctional dreams. But at its most pretentious it's his bad trip.